- Increase the flexibility and agility of the infrastructure to move at the speed of business by decoupling the server from the hardware
- Server consolidation has driven the virtualization industry shift, and vSphere leads the charge.
- Virtualization overhead is the smallest of any hypervisor on the planet.
- Supports over 90 operating systems, whereas other vendors cannot even come close
- Centralized management and built-in performance statistics collection make management easy
- Complementing tools, such as Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Operations Manager, vShield, and vCloud Director just increase the power of the stack.
- Add in the licensing for the operating systems and the applications running virtualized, plus the cost of management tools. The competition costs the same.
Room for Improvement:
- The entry point for small business is fairly high. They are working on this currently.
- Capacity management for top-tier business critical servers
- Currently VMware has a tremendous amount of products that complement the vSphere suite. Some of the products are complementary, and some compete with each other. This product list is sometimes hard to navigate.
- Security access granularity for end users can be complex.
VMware's vSphere is currently THE industry leading virtualization platform. I have been using VMware vSphere and its predecessors for almost ten years now. The core hypervisor continues to lead the industry. At the present time, you cannot go wrong with VMware's vSphere suite. However, competitors are rapidly closing the gap, so watch the market closely over the next few years. I implement business-critical applications on vSphere for all sizes of business almost daily, and am proud to be a virtualization enthusiast. At the moment, VMware vSphere is my hypervisor of choice - without reservation.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
May 01 2014