VMware vSphere 5.1 is now released and available for download.
Customers who have purchased VMware vSphere 5.1 can download their relevant installation package from the product download tab below. Looking to upgrade from vSphere 4 or Infrastructure 3? Visit the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center.
Deploy vSphere 5.1 on the ESXi hypervisor architecture
VMware vSphere 5.1 is available exclusively on the vSphere ESXi hypervisor architecture. ESXi is the latest hypervisor architecture from VMware and, as of the vSphere 4.1 release, VMware’s recommended best practice when deploying VMware vSphere. Users can upgrade to ESXi (from ESX) as part of an upgrade to vSphere 5.1.