VMware vSphere Review

This server class product is very stable, but expensive.


Valuable Features:

This server class product is very stable, I have been using it for more than 7 years, previous versions were named different with less bugs. No downtime.

Room for Improvement:

Pricing can be considered as measure block small and mid range companies. Company needs to think in this direction as well.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user3405 (Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
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I think initially the software (based on what you buy) could be expensive; however, overtime, the virtualization organizations like Citrix become more expensive, where the expense comes into play is when you buy their subscription, this is done on a year-to-year basis (reinstatement service), overtime this can be relatively expensive. Remember, it is free initially, but if you want the bells and whistles, you have to buy it with a contract, VMware does not have a contract, you buy the software with all of the bells and whistles and that is it (if you want a service contract that is something else). They even have discounted software for educational and small business which has discounted for the small business/educational consumer - http://www.vmwaregrid.com/Education/ITOTS/Default.aspx

So for me, I would rather take a hit in the beginning and not have to worry about reinstatement fees. In addition, every day you are late, you are charged for a late fee.

Todd

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
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Which SAN have you used with ESXi hosts? Is that scalable?

author avatarit_user3405 (Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
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The SAN I have used with ESXi hosts would be as follows:

→ All Brocade Enteprise product linesd
→ All Cisco MDS product lines

As far as storage arrays, HP EVA & 3Par, EMC VMX/DMX, IBM V7000 & SVC, etc.

Todd

author avatarit_user4401 (Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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I started to deploy ESXi and vCenter few months ago and I'm fascinated with this product. I can build almost anything and reduce costs. The learning curve is not hard as it seems at the beginning and, once the user has all installed, he can try to build any kind of networks, data centers and more.
I have two virtual servers set up and haven't had any problems at all. Works flawlessly with either Windows or Linux based servers.
As cons, I would say that it's expensive and it has no web interface without vCenter.

author avatarit_user88902 (IT Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Hey Alin make sure you're using vSphere 5.5 as it does have a web interface. In vSphere 5.5 the Web Client replaces the traditional vSphere client.

author avatarit_user3405 (Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
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@Radu and Carlos,

If you are installing Vsphere 5.1, it comes with a web interface, just be sure to install it, the software runs on port 9443, it is called VMware Vsphere Web Client. Most of the time, people select the default installation items instead of installing this aspect of the program.

T