VMware vSphere Review

Simple to use, offers a good user experience, and works well in mixed-OS environments


What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and VMware vSphere is one of the products that I have experience with. This product is used as a virtual IT environment. It hosts applications such as SQL databases.

What is most valuable?

The GUI is very simple to use.

The user experience is good.

What needs improvement?

Stability-wise, there are some minor issues.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with VMware vSphere for between 10 and 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are some issues with stability, although I don't think that it is a big problem. In general, it is a good product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has not been a problem. Israel is a small country, so the level of service is less.

How are customer service and technical support?

As a system integrator, I have not had to contact technical support.

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

I have experience with KVM and it is also easy to use, but it is not as good as VMware.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to deploy this solution from nothing.

What about the implementation team?

We deploy and maintain this solution with our in-house team.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an expensive product and the price needs to be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

If you have a mixed environment that includes Windows, Linux, and other operating systems then this product is a good choice. However, if you have a purely Linux environment, such as Red Hat, then you can save money and have better performance by implementing KVM instead.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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author avatarreviewer1275930 (IT Executive Leader / Innovator at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees)
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As a leader of teams supporting the deployment and operation of VSphere, I'm always interested in how companies say this solution is too expensive.  I would advise those companies to take a hard look at what is the process of managing your IT Infrastructure environment (servers on-premise, remote and in cloud); have you identified how much in labor costs are incurred if little or no automation levels are being used. Understand what the business plans are over the next 2 - 3 years and make SURE IT can support those business plans with the people, processes and tools currently in use.  Then, compare that with the costs of designing, deploying and maintaining VSphere in your environment.  The costs may be closer than you think and the benefits are going to provide a more stable environment.