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The VMware Cloud Foundation team has just announced the General Availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.1, the “suite” that include vSphere, NSX, vSAN and Aria products.

But this version is also supporting the Initial Availability of the VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA (as announced at the 2024 GTC AI Conference) in addition to new Solution Licensing, which delivers the first phase of a multi-phase program to deliver the full stack as a single product.  

VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.1 is available immediately and is the latest release that provides organizations with a private cloud platform that enables modern infrastructure, deliver a cloud experience for developers with solutions that are secure and resilient.  

VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.1

In order to further simplify deployments, VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.1 has the option of deploying a single Solution License Key, which now includes a 60 day evaluation period and is detailed in this post.  The component products of VMware Cloud Foundation can now derive their entitlements from a single solution license key (note that the vSAN TiB license is the exception at this point and still must be applied separately). Individual component license keys continue to be supported, but this new solution key feature should simplify solution licensing for VMware Cloud Foundation deployments. 

Refer to the VMware Cloud Foundation Administration Guide and VCF 5.1.1 Release Notes for more information.