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vGW and Firefly Host Support and vSphere 5.5

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Article ID: KB28884 KB Last Updated: 05 Mar 2017Version: 2.0
Summary:
vGW which was renamed to Firefly Host as of 6.0 can be installed on vSphere 5.5 and use the VMsafe API's
Symptoms:
VMware is replacing VMsafe API's (which Firefly 6.0 relies on) with NSX/NetX API's. This is starting in vSphere 5.5. VMware initially released a statement that said VMsafe would not be supported in vSphere 5.5. However, Juniper reached an agreement with VMware that the VMsafe API's will be mutually supported for customers through the end of 2014.
Solution:
Customers can use Firefly Host 6.0 and vSphere 5.5. This is a fully QA'd combination and is officially supported. Firefly Host and Firefly Perimeter will evolve into a new generation solution in the course of 2014 and more details on that plan can be obtained by speaking with your account team. The goal is to have full support for NSX/NetX and a combined solution with the features present in Firefly Host and Firefly Perimeter today all managed via Space and Security Director as well as Virtual Director Applications.
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