As usual VMware magnanimously offers to provide extended support for a ‘small’ purchase price.
“In the event you are unable to upgrade before the End of General Support (EOGS) and are active on Support and Subscription, you have the option to purchase extended support in one year increments for up to two years beyond the EOGS date. Visit VMware Extended Support for more information.”
If support is just a best-case scenario and you can stomach going it alone (with Google searching) then Technical Guidance with be available for another year until September 19, 2020.
“Technical Guidance for vSphere 5.5 is available until September 19, 2020 primarily through the self-help portal. During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit VMware Lifecycle Support Phases.”
Technical Support is always a good option to have and for all of you knowledge seekers it is a great way to learn the nuances of VMware products. See my previous post Tech Support is Not a Dirty Word for my take.