Server Virtualization Software Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Dan Withrow uses XenServer
Senior Manager of Engineering at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
All features of the product are valuable, depends on the situation. I have used all of the features at one time or another. View full review »
Rana Hamza Liaqat uses vSphere
System Support Engineer at TMN
Its compatibility with LUNs and its vMotion, HA, FT and VDS. It works very smooth with LUNs. When we talk about its Cluster feature, then the HA, FT, and DRS features are just great in how they support large scale servers and VMs without any trouble in the production environment. VMware offers VDS switches which are very efficient and useful regarding network configuration in your virtual environment. The configuration should be the same on your cluster-joined ESXis to improve performance and when running a production environment or VMs on any ESXi. These features are very good for us. View full review »
DpsaIii8dbb uses vSphere
DPSA III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most important feature is high availability (HA) which monitors the system and restarts virtual machines to a healthy host whenever the system senses an imminent hardware failure. Another great feature is DRS which is VMWare’s load balancing software which keeps our virtual machines running on the server cluster in a balanced manner. This automated system keeps all our systems running with a high uptime. View full review »
BrianGibson uses vSphere
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most important feature for us is clearly the foundation it provides. In addition to that, we've found the High Availability and flexibility to be important as well. View full review »
reviewer849252 uses KVM
System Architect with 11-50 employees
Our infrastructure is based on KVM and Linux Containers and KVM hypervisor for about the last year. Management and backup is a lot easier with with Ubuntu and KVM, especially combined with ZFS and snapshotting. View full review »
Chris Thibeau uses Proxmox VE
Technical Support Analyst at a tech vendor
The template option allows us to build a desktop in a VM, then quickly deploy as a linked clone. The hard drive file on the template is used (read-only), then all changes are saved in a separate hard drive file. It is like deploying a new VM based on snapshots. View full review »
ITInfras39c9 uses vSphere
IT Infrastructure Team Lead / Project Lead IT at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware's high availability which supports our SLA, VMware on the fly features like LUN expansion, P2V and API integrations are the most valuable features. View full review »
Erik Benner uses Oracle VM
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I think the most intriguing thing about Oracle VM is it's an enterprise-grade hypervisor. So it handles all the virtualization, and it's free. You don't hear the word Oracle and Free a lot, but there's a lot of stuff at Oracle that is free and Oracle VM is one of those. It does most everything that you need in the enterprise for a hypervisor for virtualization. I can run VMs in it, I can do farms of VMs, I can run Linux, I can run Windows, I can run Solaris, I have a lot of choices of operating systems. It does everything that you need it to do for most of your needs for hypervisor. There's a lot of benefits with Oracle VM that I like. I've been working with 3.4.1 which just came out. I've been working that prior to release. There's some features there that they added like Live Storage Migration that is really a key feature for that enterprise ability in the environment. The other thing is how it handles what are called partitions, from a licensing aspect. When I have Oracle licensing challenges that I have with some of the other hypervisors, Oracle VM is able to be configured so I don't have those challenges. View full review »
MichaelScherrer uses vSphere
Managing Director Senior Advisor at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The UI is very intuitive, you don't have to spend hours before you figure it out. All in all, compared to other environments, like Hyper-V, we find vSphere a lot more user-friendly and intuitive to use. View full review »
SystemD51791 uses vSphere
System Developer/Engineer with 51-200 employees
vSphere is very stable, reliable. View full review »
Todd Selby uses Nutanix Acropolis
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Price * Ease of use View full review »
Robin Saikat Chatterjee uses Oracle VM
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful. View full review »
Lou Barsony uses Hyper-V
Head of IT Architecture and Design with 201-500 employees
Reasonably easy to use. Snapshots could be prepared and deployed as a developer needed them. As well, environments could be disabled or removed. View full review »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez uses vSphere
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
* Its consolidation. * Its simplicity of usage. * It is easy to maintain our data machines and take snapshots with the solution. View full review »
GlennFarmer uses Proxmox VE
‎Director of Computing Platforms at a tech vendor
Live migration. It is easier to balance loads across hypervisors if a given container or virtual machine uses more resources than its peers. View full review »
ANDY HARK uses vSphere
Electronic Engineer in Telecommunications and Master in Technologies and Systems of Communications
* vMotion * vCenter All the features in the vSphere essentials are great in helping the administrators manage the virtual platform. View full review »
Shabarinath Thekkemeppully Ramadasan uses Hyper-V
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Live migration * P2V * VM replica * Snapshots * VM export and import * Dynamic memory, etc. The advanced features, like Network Virtualization, have yet to be tested out, but I feel that they will be a game changer. View full review »
Samer Hamwi uses vSphere
Sr. IT & Business Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
vSphere brings the features required for an enterprise class system with a lot of supporting components: An intuitive user experience that simplifies and helps operational management, e.g. provisioning and monitoring the status of the VMs and the underlying resources capacity. View full review »
Dalean Barnett uses Hyper-V
IT Consultant at a tech services company
The Failover Clustering feature allows us to be able to make our most critical workload highly available. We did not have to pay extra money for it. In Windows Servers 2016, there is Storage Spaces Direct. Although, it seems as if many of the local organizations where I live prefer to go for traditional SAN setups, I find Storage Spaces Direct to be very attractive, neat, and stable. We did not need to hire a separate storage expert to manage our storage as it was easy to manage and setup (many articles online). We did not have to invest a dollar more than what we paid for the server software. View full review »
Chris Childerhose uses vSphere
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
vCenter Appliance, DRS, HA, Update Manager and SRM help us keep our business running smoothly. Having the vCenter Appliance has allowed us to save costs on Windows licenses and have a more stable platform for managing hosts. Also having Update Manager now as well it makes the move to VCSA that much better. SRM has allowed us to failover our Tier1 services in under 30 minutes for each whereas it would take over an hour the old fashioned way. DRS and HA have kept our cluster stable and VMs running optimally. With the built in Update Manager now in the vCenter Appliance it is easy to scan and remediate our Hosts even during Production hours as we can use HA/DRS with Maintenance Mode. View full review »
Luis Fregoso uses Oracle VM
OVM Engineer at OneNeck IT Services
The way it plays with the Oracle Database; it's all about the Oracle Database. The way it plays with the Oracle Database; it's all about the Oracle Database. The virtualization product Oracle puts out just complements the performance of the database. View full review »
ErikBenner uses Oracle VM
User at Mythics Inc
Oracle VM is a great free product from Oracle. I love that, when I can say "free from Oracle." It’s a full feature hypervisor. It competes well with other hypervisors in the market. However, it’s free. You don’t pay anything to use it. You can, however, pay for support if you need support. It offers all the features you expect in a hypervisor, using technologies that they call Live Migration. It allows me to move VMs from one machine to another. I have a technology called Site Guard which is an automation tool for automating failover to disaster recovery sites. Feature for feature, it does almost everything VMware does but cost a lot less. View full review »
Edgar Jerez uses Oracle VM VirtualBox
CEO and CTO
The flexibility and the closed platform, so it allows you to run in multiple platforms, Windows, Linux, Macintosh. View full review »
Brad Brundage uses Hyper-V
Technology Systems Analyst with 1-10 employees
The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization. View full review »
zanemaynard uses Oracle VM VirtualBox
Manager of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of use * The configuration and installation is pretty straightforward. View full review »

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