Server Virtualization Software Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Dan withrow li?1414336181
Senior Manager of Engineering at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Uses XenServer
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 »
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System Support Engineer at TMN
Uses vSphere
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 »
Chieftec194427 li?1423860366
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Uses vSphere
Stability of the Hypervisor, DRS, and HA are some of the more valuable features. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
DPSA III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Uses vSphere
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 »
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Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Uses vSphere
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 »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Infrastructure Team Lead / Project Lead IT at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses vSphere
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 »
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Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Uses Oracle VM
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 »
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Oracle Middleware Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Uses Oracle VM
The CPU pinning feature that allows to link a virtual CPU (VCPU) to a physical CPU core. This feature is very useful in a virtualized environment who has on premise applications licenced by restricted number of CPU cores. view full review »
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UNIX Engineer Advisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Oracle VM
It offers live migration. It is the best virtualization option for Oracle databases for Linux as Oracle recognizes hard partitions for their database licensing. view full review »
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Senior Database Administrator at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Oracle VM
We are using Oracle VM as the platform for running our Oracle databases. The templates that are available for provisioning database nodes are very helpful. Using these pre-configured templates makes the deployment process quick and efficient. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Principal System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses vSphere
The most valuable features for us are its agility and that it provides us with the ability to make changes within the environment seamlessly. I also really like its stability; it's got a perfect track record. I can also provide support myself because the product is designed to allow for that sort of support. view full review »
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Virtualization Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses vSphere
The most valuable features for us are vCenter, vSphere, vROPS, vRO, NSX, SRM and vSphere replication. They're not only the most valuable features for us, but they're the features that we use the most right now. view full review »
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Technical Support Specialist at PCMS Datafit
Uses Hyper-V
It's free minus initial licensing for the OS. You can centrally manage multiple Hyper-V hosts rather easy with no extra licensing fees vs VMware vCenter. Having used both I still have a preference for VMware (especially for P2V situations), but for home/small offices Hyper-V is a great alternative. Hyper-V is included in Windows 8 and Windows 10 with minimal loss to functionality (mainly no Hyper-V replica). view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Technical Support Analyst at a tech vendor
Uses Proxmox VE
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 »
Chris2
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
Uses vSphere
vCenter Appliance, DRS ( /categories/disaster-recovery-software ), 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 ( /categories/disaster-recovery-software ) 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 ( /categories/disaster-recovery-software ) with Maintenance Mode ( /products/mode ). view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
OVM Engineer at OneNeck IT Services
Uses Oracle VM
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 »
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User at Mythics Inc
Uses Oracle VM
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 »
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CEO and CTO
Uses Oracle VM VirtualBox
The flexibility and the closed platform, so it allows you to run in multiple platforms, Windows, Linux, Macintosh. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Technology Systems Analyst with 1-10 employees
Uses Hyper-V
The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization. view full review »
Associat187272 li?1422517290
Manager of Infrastructure at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Uses Oracle VM VirtualBox
* Ease of use * The configuration and installation is pretty straightforward. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Lead System Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses vSphere
Usability is the most valuable feature. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Technical Education Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Uses vSphere
The features we most value are: * High availability (in ESXi) * Disaster recovery (via SRM) * Self-service portal via vRealize automation view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Systems Architect at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Hyper-V
Live migration, SMB3. view full review »
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Student at Universidade de Brasília at a tech services company
Uses KVM
* Low cost, if not lowest. * Great performance and scalability. * Security is top-notch. * Free. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Sr. Linux Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Uses Oracle VM
The integrated web-based management console manages resources, virtual machine templates, and virtual machine images. view full review »

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