Can you rate this product on a scale of 1-10 based on your experience using it?
@tina5saga........I would rate 8 out of 10 for ESXi. I have used Oracle VM and Xen too. I have found ESXi most interesting........
@Kapilmalik - That's some good rating there. ESXi deserves it. What, according to your opinion (based on your personal experience using the products) makes ESXi more interesting than either the Oracle VM or Xen?
I'll weigh in here. Oracle VM and Xen are good products, but when compared to these and other hypervisors on the market, ESXi requires a lot less cumbersome to manage. The simplicity of it is without question. The ease of administration is very good. And I live in the performance world, and I find that the scalability and raw performance overhead of ESXi versus everyone else still is the best.
That's for sure @Kleegeek.
We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.
The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.
The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.
It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.
The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.
Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good.