VMware vSphere Review

VMware Server is the best available virtualization solution with live migration, high availability, and dynamic resources


Valuable Features:

Pros on the VMware Server are- 1) Centralized management and configuration 2) Remote management and headless operation available 3) VMotion feature helps in real time movement of virtual machines from one server to the other 4) Automated scanning and patching of hosts 5) VSphere DRS for continuous monitoring resource pool utilization 6) Can be integrated with Windows Server Active Directory 7) Easy to use high availability and fail over clustering

Room for Improvement:

Few cons of VMware Server are 1) It is available for free so bug resolution and patch management takes time 2) Poor memory management 3) Requirement for supported SCSI and SATA controllers

Other Advice:

One of the cutting edge virtualization technologies offered by VMware works on platforms like Windows, Linux, and Solaris. It facilitates an application developer to test applications on virtual machines with ease of configuration and management. It provides visibility at each and every level of virtual infrastructure.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
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I have built some of the VMs and now I want to integrate storage disks with VMWare. Which of the storage like EMC, Dell etc is recommended with VMWare to assign disk space to guests?

author avatarit_user4524 (Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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If you have an environment with more than one ESXi host, you probably want shared storage so that you do not suffer serious downtime if you have a host failure. In that case, buy the storage that works best for your needs. It could be something as small as a low-end Equallogic array (rock solid IMHO) or all the way up to an EMC VNX2 or larger (fantastic arrays but costly). What sort of storage performance and space requirements does your environment require?

author avatarHenry
Top ReviewerTop 5Real User

I choose NetApp filers

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
Top ReviewerVendor

@kleegeek..............I have 10VMs with webhosting environemnt. Which storage do you recommend for this?

author avatarit_user4524 (Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Top ReviewerConsultant

@kapilmalik1983, have you done some storage performance profiling to see what sort of load those 10 VMs require or currently use today? vCenter or the ESXi client can help you get the numbers as a group, but get them from within the VMs too. Perfmon would be the easiest way to do this. Set up disk statistic collection for each of those VMs on a one minute rotating period, cycle the log file nightly, and get a week's worth of collection stats. Analyze the output and see en mass what sort of performance levels you need (via MB/s and IOPs requirements). From there, we can help select a disk vendor that could fit the requirements. Other things apply, such as if you have a solid storage IP-based or fiber based network already in the environment, etc.