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VMware vCenter Host Gateway – End Of Availability (2150007)

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Purpose

This article provides information on the End of Availability for VMware vCenter Host Gateway.

Resolution

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EoA) of VMware vCenter Host Gateway effective with VMware vCenter Server 6.5, and all future releases. As a result, vCenter Host Gateway is not an included feature in vCenter Server 6.5 and future releases.
 
vCenter Host Gateway will continue to be available as part of vCenter Server 6.0 and earlier versions. Customers can continue to use vCenter Host Gateway with vCenter Server 6.0 and older versions.
 
VMware will continue to offer active support for vCenter Host Gateway as part of vCenter Server 6.0 and earlier versions, per VMware Lifecycle Policies. For vCenter Server 6.0, VMware’s End of General Support is March 12, 2020. For information on what is provided during General Support, refer to the VMware Lifecycle Policies. You can also review the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix.
 
For customers that continue to use vCenter Host Gateway on vCenter Server 6.0 or previous versions, there is no specific action requested at this time.
 
Customers interested in using multi-hypervisor management functionality while running vCenter Server 6.5 or later versions, can use VMware vRealize Automation to meet their needs. vRealize Automation 7.x supports management of several hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V (through SCVMM). For a complete list of vRealize Automation supported hypervisors and other supported solutions, please refer to the vRealize Automation Support Matrix, as well as the vRealize Automation Information Center.
 
FAQs

What is VMware announcing?
VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EoA) of VMware vCenter Host Gateway effective with VMware vCenter Server 6.5 release. As a result, vCenter Host Gateway is not included in vCenter Server 6.5 and future releases.

What is VMware vCenter Host Gateway?
VMware vCenter Host Gateway is a feature of VMware vCenter Server that lets you manage virtual environments consisting of various types of hypervisors. vCenter Host Gateway is distributed as a virtual appliance. After you deploy and configure the vCenter Host Gateway appliance, you can use the vSphere Web Client to manage both VMware and third-party hypervisors.
 
Why is VMware removing vCenter Host Gateway?
Over time, we have realized that the vast majority of VMware customers do not have a use case for vCenter Host Gateway, and we don’t see many customers using it in production. Hence, we are making sure that we focus our resources on capabilities that our customers use and need, now and in the future.

When is vCenter Host Gateway End of Availability effective?

VMware is not including vCenter Host Gateway as a feature in vCenter Server 6.5 and future releases.

Is vCenter Host Gateway still available in vCenter Server 6.0 and older versions?
Yes, vCenter Host Gateway continues to be available as part of vCenter Server 6.0 and previous versions. Customers can continue to use vCenter Host Gateway with vCenter Server 6.0 and older versions.

How long will vCenter Host Gateway be supported as part of vCenter Server 6.0 and older editions?
VMware will continue to offer active support for vCenter Host Gateway as part of vCenter Server 6.0 and older versions, per VMware Lifecycle Policies. For vCenter Server 6.0, VMware’s End of General Support is March 12, 2020. For information on what is provided during General Support, refer to the VMware Lifecycle Policies. You can also review the VMware Product Lifecycle Matrix.
 
What are the alternatives to vCenter Host Gateway when running vCenter Server 6.5?
Customers interested in using multi-hypervisor management functionality while running vCenter Server 6.5 or later versions, can use VMware vRealize Automation to meet their needs. vRealize Automation 7.x supports management of several hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V (through SCVMM). For a complete list of vRealize Automation supported hypervisors and other supported solutions, please refer to the vRealize Automation Support Matrix, as well as the vRealize Automation Information Center.

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