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Master your path to the Cloud with HPE and VMware

Learn more about Virtualization and VMware

HPE ProLiant servers with VMware

Help transform your IT environment, take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing through infrastructure as a service (IaaS)– HPE and VMware deliver a portfolio of solutions that run on the HPE ProLiant server platform.

Regardless of which HPE and VMware solution you choose – HPE VirtualSystem for VMware, VMware Storage Solutions from HPE, HPE Client Virtualization with VMware Horizon View, or HPE Virtualization Smart Bundles for VMware –these infrastructure services will run faster, more securely, and more cost effectively on an HPE ProLiant server.

Whether ML tower servers, DL rack-mount servers or BL server blades running in an HPE BladeSystem, you can count on HPE ProLiant to deliver high infrastructure service levels, flexibility and reliability you need to power your business-critical workloads – including VMware.

HPE VMware licensing

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Solutions

Virtualization, cloud computing, and infrastructure as a service can take you places you’ve never been before. You can get there faster and more cost-effectively when you use VMware software running on HPE ProLiant servers.

vSphere optimized for ProLiantvSphere optimized for ProLiant

Virtualization and virtual machine management start with a hypervisor. And for a growing number of organizations, vSphere is the hypervisor of choice. vSphere runs best when it’s optimized for HPE ProLiant servers.

Client Virtualization with VMware ViewClient Virtualization with VMware View

Client Virtualization from HPE offers an end-to-end solution based on the best managed and virtualization-ready HPE ProLiant and BladeSystem servers, HPE Storage, and HPE Thin Client access devices.

Converged Storage for VirtualizationConverged Storage for Virtualization

HPE’s next generation of Converged Storage solutions are designed to eliminate the challenges of server and client virtualization and to enhance the benefits of VMware vSphere, VMware View, and VMware vCloud Solutions.

OneView for VMware vCenterOneView for VMware vCenter

Enables the vSphere administrator to easily manage physical servers and storage, data stores and virtual machines. By providing the ability to clearly view and directly manage relationships between virtual machines, and HPE Infrastructure, the VMware administrator's productivity increases, as does the ability to ensure quality of service.

ConvergedSystem for VirtualizationConvergedSystem for Virtualization

Need simple, scalable systems to drive faster time-to-value? You look for easy-to-deploy systems that enable you to rapidly respond to customer demands for new services—before your competition. You want easy-to-manage and easy-to-support systems that free your IT personnel from tedious tasks. You can have this with HPE ConvergedSystem for Virtualization with VMware vSphere.

ConvergedSystem for Client VirtualizationConvergedSystem for Client Virtualization

HPE’s flexible and scalable client virtualization offerings can be right-sized for varying workloads, provide a better means to control and protect endpoint environments, and improve users’ productivity experience.

Small and Midsize Business SolutionsSmall and Midsize Business Solutions

Pre-defined and validated virtualization bundles include everything you need to get started with virtualization — and prepare for the cloud.

vSphere Operations Management SuitevSphere Operations Management Suite

Integrates HPE ProLiant servers, together with storage, networking, software, service automation, security and management to deliver a complete solution for private and hybrid cloud environments.

Client Virtualization RAs for VMwareClient Virtualization RAs for VMware

Blueprints for success deployments of VMware View running on HPE ProLiant servers; available in small/midsize and enterprise configurations.

HPE VMware licensing

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Resources


This page contains all the tools and resources you need to know more about the VMware products and virtualization, cloud computing, virtual machine management, and infrastructure as a service solutions.

HPE VMware licensing

Support & certification matrix

Why custom HPE ESXi Image?

  • Based on the standard VMware ESXi ISO, it is the easiest and most reliable way to install ESXi on HPE ProLiant servers
  • Includes all of the required drivers to run ESXi on HPE ProLiant servers
  • Installs the management software to enable robust server management
  • Works seamlessly with Intelligent Provisioning

Certain ProLiant servers require the use of the HPE Customized image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and storage controllers in the servers are integrated in the HPE Customized image and are not part of the generic ESXi image that is distributed by VMware. ESXi requires drivers for these controllers to be integrated as you are not able to insert them during installation. To determine if your server requires the HPE Customized image, refer to the Server Support Matrix.

 

Options for using HPE Customizations for VMware ESXi

A. Download the completely customized HPE ESXi image
B. Download the HPE ESXi Offline Bundles and 3rd party driver bundles included in the
    HPE Customized image and apply them to your VMware ESXi downloaded from VMware
C. Build your own custom ESXi image, choosing an a la carte of bundles from the
     HPE ESXi Offline Bundles and 3rd party driver bundles included in the HPE Customized image


These downloads are available for customers according to the terms in the HPE Software License Agreement. Certain software may require a valid warranty, current support contract with HPE, or a license fee.


A. HPE Customized ESXi Image

  • ESXi and vSphere:
    • vSphere 6.0 U2 Apr 2016 - Download here New
      • AMD processor based servers are currently not supported with the HPE custom image for VMware ESXi 6.0 U2 – April release
    • vSphere 6.0 U1 Jan 2016 - Download here
    • vSphere 6.0 July 2015 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.5 U3 Apr 2016 - Download here New
      • AMD processor based servers are currently not supported with the HPE custom image for VMware ESXi 5.5 U3 – April release
    • vSphere 5.5 U2 Sept 2015 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.5 U1 Dec 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.5 June 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 U3 Apr 2016 - Download here New
      • AMD processor based servers are currently not supported with the HPE custom image for VMware ESXi 5.1 U3 – April release
    • vSphere 5.1 U2 Nov 2014 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 U1 Sept 2013 - Download here
    • vSphere 5.1 Feb 2013 - Download here
    • ESXi 5.0 U3 Nov 2015 - Download here 
    • ESXi 5.0 U2 Sept 2013 - Download here
    • ESXi 5.0 U1 Oct 2012 - Download here
    • ESXi 4.x - Download here
    • Contents of above images available here New
  • ESX
    • ESX 4.x - Download here
    • Contents of above image available here

B. HPE ESXi Offline Bundles

  • For customers already using VMware ESXi
  • It is recommended that customers update to the latest version on their supported ProLiant at their earliest convenience
  • VMware Update Manager and ESXCLI compliant HPE bundles and 3rd party drivers included in the HPE Customized image are available from HPE vibsdepot
  • List of HPE VMware vSphere 6.x bundles and their contents available here New
  • List of HPE ESXi 5.x bundles and their contents available here New
  • List of HPE ESXi 4.x bundles and their contents available here

C. Build your own custom ESXi image

  • VMware Image Builder compliant HPE bundles and 3rd party drivers included in the HPE Customized image available from HPE vibsdepot

HPE VMware licensing

Support & certification matrix