VMware vSphere Review

A perfect solution that is easy to use, easy to implement, stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

Basically, our operation cluster is hiding under vSphere. 

What is most valuable?

vRealize Operations Manager is the most valuable feature, but it is not embedded in vSphere; it is a part of vSphere. It is used for forecasting and checking the consumption of CPU, memory, and other resources. It has the capability to do the forecast based on the history and give advice on consumption.

VMware vSphere is easy to use and easy to implement. Its learning curve is not sharp. Any engineer with little or medium knowledge of hypervisors and virtualizations can implement vSphere with a few clicks.

What needs improvement?

Its performance is an issue in version 6.5, but with the inclusion of HTML files in vSphere version 6.7, the experience is seamless. In version 6.7, VMware has included the HTML file protocol for the web browser or web console, which has changed the console's response and improved the performance.

We are using the trial version of vRealize Operations. It would be nice if some of those capabilities could be included in future versions of vSphere, not as a part of vRealize Operations, but in vSphere itself. It can provide some kind of forecast about your resource consumption based on the actual workload and modeling or testing scenarios. It can give you some advice or tips for the future growth of your infrastructure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable enough. We are satisfied with its stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability seems to be straightforward. Obviously, you have to check if you have the correct license. Otherwise, you will have to change the license. Licensing can sometimes stop you from growing.

We currently don't have any plans to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't raised any case with VMware so far. We didn't require any support from vSphere tech support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We moved from legacy servers to VMware Hyperconverged Infrastructure. We were using the ESXi version from vSphere, and then we moved to the cluster version. We have multiple servers in one cluster.

One of the main reasons for choosing vSphere was that it is one of the most known hypervisors in the market. It is easy to use, easy to implement, and straightforward. It was very good for our proof of concept, and we went for it. Eventually, we moved to a cluster infrastructure. Obviously, we use vSphere as the hypervisor.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment took one to three days.

What about the implementation team?

We bought the local service from vSphere. The experience was overall good.

We have three people for its maintenance. They are system integrators and infrastructure administrators.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also tested Microsoft Hyper-V, but at that time, it was unstable. It was not stable enough to be implemented in our environment. That's why we didn't use it.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate VMware vSphere a ten out of ten.

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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