Everybody is talking about vSphere 5.5 and some people have already upgraded their environments.
However, please do not forget to take care about software compatibility despite all your joy. Before performing an upgrade, doublecheck the documentation (Best practices for vSphere 5.5 upgrade) and take care of the HCLs (Hardware Compatibility List).
And last but not least do not forget to check if your backup software is ready for vSphere 5.5!
I checked the support matrix of different backup solutions – here is the matrix:
|vSphere 4.x||vSphere 5.0||vSphere 5.1||vSphere 5.5|
|VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.21|
|VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.20|
|VMware vSphere Data Protection|
|Veeam Backup & Replication v7|
|PHD Virtual Backup 6.5.x|
|Acronis vmProtect 9|
|Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4|
|Nakivo Backup & Replication v3|
|Symantec Netbackup 7.6|
|Symantec Backup Exec 2012 SP3|
|HP Data Protector 8.0|
Support Matrix (HP Passport Sign-in needed
|CommVault Simpana 10|
|UniTrends Enterprise Backup||maybe December 2013|
|EMC Avamar 7.0||End 2013 with SP1|
*)1 *Note that vSphere 5.5 support requires manually installing the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 5.5.
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