VMware ESXi

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Which is the most suitable blade server and storage to install VMware ESXi (5.1, preferably 5.1) on?Thanks for your help.

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IT Administrator at a tech consulting company with 5000+ employees
ESXi is highly recommend for virtualization these days for mid/large sized organizations due to its increased reliabilty and lot of other features. Pros:- 1. VMWare ESXi is virtualization product that allows us to partition a single physical server into multiple virtual machines. 2. VMWare ES… more »
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tina5gigaI see that you also have experience using VMware Server in addition to VMware … more »
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kapilmalik1983I would prefer ESXi due to its reliable and scalable clustering and high avail… more »
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kapilmalik1983@tina5giga................I would prefer ESXi due to its reliable and scalable… more »
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tina5giga@Kapilmalik1983.....That is indeed good enough...medium to large sized organiz… more »
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kapilmalik1983@tina5gaga................I would say for dev/qa, free features are more than … more »
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tina5gigaWell that is right Kapilmalik. If an open source program has all the necessary… more »
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
Feb 13 2014
Use Of Solution: Since ESXi version 3. Valuable Features: This really depends on the customers requirements. Manageability, transportation and low footprint (and thus higher consolidation ratio) are ones that are often referred to by customers. Improvements To Organization: Central management,… more »
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Alin RaduCan you describe me, please, the issues you had with controller type/driver ve… more »
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kapilmalik1983Can we install Solaris as well now on latest versions of ESXi? more »
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Thomas TaylorI have installed both Solaris 10 and 11 without any issues.. more »
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Khaled Ali
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Systems Analyst at a government with 1-500 employees
For how long have you used this product? - 4 Years Which features of this product are most valuable to you? - Fault Tolerance (FT) - vSphere Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS) Can you give an example of how this product has improved the way your organization functions? - Making your … more »
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kapilmalik1983Nice one!! I see that you have worked on Citrix and Hyper-V too along with ESX… more »
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I have worked with VMware products for just over 5 years at this point, and during that time frame have compared with competing virtualization products. I believe that VMware Esxi is the BEST hypervisor available. If you have a virtualization project then this is the route to go, although I will c… more »
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Dilip-DhureVery much true.... VMware ESXi is the best Hypervisor available today with res… more »
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HenryYes, WE're moving up to ESXi 5.1 more »
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Jonathon1289Just completed upgrading to 5.1 on our cluster a few days ago. Host upgrades w… more »
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kapilmalik1983Upto how much TB storage is supported on VMWare ESXi 5? more »
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tina5gigaThe user friendly nature of server virtualization software makes it easy to in… more »
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IT Administrator at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
Pros: a reliable hyper-visor with a thin architecture, requires minimal configuration and can be up and running in minutes. Management is simple. We have a very good experience in its deployment and usage. more »
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tina5gigaA good investment for any business without funds to invest in several servers … more »
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kapilmalik1983Have you used vpshere software to connect ESX host or is there any other softw… more »
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Leszek Zarna
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Developer at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
There were two impressions to be strict :) Many salesmen and IT specialists convince to buy VMware ESXi5. ESXi is “bare metal hypervisor”computer virtualisation product made by VMware company which was acquired by EMC some time ago. It doesn’t require operating system to be installed because it ac… more »
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Ravi
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Director of IT at a manufacturing company with 5000+ employees
Pros: Great product for users stepping into virtualization and consolidation Cons: Management requires vCenter, with additional expense This makes sense for smaller companies that are looking to start the consolidation process, or smaller divisions of large companies. more »
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kapilmalik1983Along with smaller companies, I have found lot of bigger companies has moved t… more »
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HenryYes ESXi is getting better. more »
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tina5gigaMost small businesses try as much as possible to save any penny they can. Howe… more »
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kapilmalik1983Is there any limit of cluster nodes while creating a cluster in ESXi? more »
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Armin Lavaee
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Head of IT at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
Pros: Fast Manageable Secure Low overhead Cons: Little expensive Needs a lot of dependencies No web interface without vCenter more »
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HenryDid you running into any issue with VACI on NetApp filer while running hardwar… more »
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Armin LavaeeHi Sorry but i don't have NetApp in my infrastracture. we use Hp SAN and EMC more »
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HenryThanks Armin for your kindly update. more »
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Armin Lavaeeif you need anything i glad to help. more »
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tina5gigaHello Armin Due to the additional costs that come with implementation of vC… more »
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kapilmalik1983Which SAN is preferred over ESXi? I am using Dell Compellent so far, it seems … more »
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Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 5000+ employees
Pros: This server class product is very stable, I have been using it for more than 7 years, previous versions were named different with less bugs. No downtime. Cons: Pricing can be considered as measure block small and mid range companies. Company needs to think in this direction as well. more »
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ctsandersI think initially the software (based on what you buy) could be expensive; how… more »
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kapilmalik1983Which SAN have you used with ESXi hosts? Is that scalable? more »
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ctsandersThe SAN I have used with ESXi hosts would be as follows: → All Brocade Ente… more »
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Alin RaduI started to deploy ESXi and vCenter few months ago and I'm fascinated with th… more »
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Carlos (Cyber Tech)Hey Alin make sure you're using vSphere 5.5 as it does have a web interface. I… more »
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ctsanders@Radu and Carlos, If you are installing Vsphere 5.1, it comes with a web in… more »
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Student at a higher education with 500-5000 employees
Pros: Easy to use and manage. Cons: More tutorials to use the tool. more »
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tina5gigaVMware ESXi is not just an alternative virtualization product to VMware Server… more »
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RonSNunes
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Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
Pros: ESXi has one major benefit that outweighs the others; IT'S FREE! Yes, it has plenty of other benefits, like running a wide variety of different virtual operating systems in virtual machines (it supports every platform but OS X, and that can technically still be "hacked" onto it). It's… more »
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technolo5700Great hypervisor with a lot of power. Very scalable from running just a single… more »
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kapilmalik1983Nice one, do we need to purchase separate license of vSphere to connect to ES… more »
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kleegeekYou will need a CPU socket-based license (or a related bundle) of vSphere and … more »
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FrancisM
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Head of Data Center at a higher education with 500-5000 employees
Pros: - Free - Easy to install and configure - Very low overhead - Great management features - Enterprise Ready Cons: - Free version limits server memory to 32GB - No central management of other ESXi servers, each one needs to be logged-in individually if you have multiple servers. My exp… more »
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kapilmalik1983Hi, now we can integrate AD too with ESXi using vsphere. :) Have you tried that? more »
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tina5gigaSpeed is quite something and a plus for this product. more »
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Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 1-500 employees
Feb 02 2014
Use Of Solution: 2 years Valuable Features: HA, DRS, VMotion, Storage VMotion Initial Setup: Every thing was straight forward and can easily/readily be found on Internet Implementation Team: In-house small deployment more »
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dennisgeorge
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Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1-500 employees
Pros: Brilliant hyper-visor with proven virtualization stack. Cons: You need to learn the internals of the system to really customize and reap all benefits. more »
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tina5gigaCan you rate this product on a scale of 1-10 based on your experience using it? more »
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kapilmalik1983@tina5saga........I would rate 8 out of 10 for ESXi. I have used Oracle VM and… more »
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tina5giga@Kapilmalik - That's some good rating there. ESXi deserves it. What, according… more »
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kleegeekI'll weigh in here. Oracle VM and Xen are good products, but when compared to … more »
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tina5gigaThat's for sure @Kleegeek. more »
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Head of Infrastructure at a energy/utilities company with 500-5000 employees
Pros: Great product for critical production server virtual infrastructure. No any "gamers" in this area. Latest product can help more than previous. VMware Replication, vSphere Data Protection based on AVAMAR technology, new vCPU architecture and more new features says us that it is the one bigge… more »
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Alin RaduAnother advantage is that VMware ESXi Server uses RCLI (Remote Command Line In… more »
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kleegeekI agree that the SSO component of the vSphere 5.1 upgrade is a chore to instal… more »
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kapilmalik1983Just a quick question...........I have a number of guests on vcenter. My manag… more »
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IT Administrator at a media company with 1-500 employees
Pros: It is one easy to install and manage vitualization technique. Its pretty fast also, compared to some other vitualization techniques. And that is because its has a very small amout of resource overhead. It lacks the server console which decreases its booting time. Cons: We can say its free… more »
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kapilmalik1983Free vesion supports upto 32GB. If you need to use advanced features, you need… more »
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kleegeekESXi is certainly free. The free version does have limited capabilities when c… more »
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tina5gigaESXi is certainly the best! more »
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lasso
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Head of Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 1-500 employees
Pros: Most usable hypervisor in the industry. It's well documented, really simple and quick to setup. Cons: You can not manage it from Linux. more »
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Trevor Roberts JrHello lasso. I agree that the client being Windows-only being annoying since … more »
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kleegeekAgreed. Management of vSphere 4.X was a bit of a challenge. However, in these … more »
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anon1163Hello Iasso, Your statements doesnt apply to vSphere 5.x, where VMware introdu… more »
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kapilmalik1983Latest versions overcomes this limitation too mentioned in the post. Now, ESXi… more »
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kleegeekDefinitely! The later versions of vSphere (5.1 and now 5.5) have a preferred w… more »
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tina5gigavSPhere version 5.1 and other later releases enable for access from different … more »
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Data Center Expert at a insurance company with 500-5000 employees
Pros: 1) Easier way of segmenting the resources. 2) Host profiles - Template to build hosts in minutes. 3) Performance and Graphs - Easy to monitor the hosts 4) Vmotion - In essence, this technique helps you to move a live server between hosts without any downtime. 5) Robust Management Too… more »
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