VMware vSphere Review

Great product with great feature set (edition license). Manageability, scalabilty, transportation and low footprint.

Valuable Features

This really depends on the customers requirements. Manageability, transportation and low footprint (and thus higher consolidation ratio) are ones that are often referred to by customers.

Improvements to My Organization

Central management, easy deployment, easy management. This simplifies IT management processes and cuts on project costs and power/data center costs.

Room for Improvement

Licensing cost together with SA.

Use of Solution

Since ESXi version 3.

Deployment Issues


Stability Issues

Depending on guest OS, there are some issues with controller type/driver versions.

Scalability Issues

None, if you have the resources you can easily scale out (or up)/down depending on your scalability requirements. Autodeploy, host profiles and customizations are a great help here. Further vCOPS will give you valuable capacity management options.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Great.Technical Support: Excellent.

Previous Solutions


Initial Setup

Straightforward, must have some knowledge though how to implement in the organizations required solution.

Implementation Team

I do projects for customers.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Not at liberty to share.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, XenServer and Hyper-V are often evaluated by customers.

Other Advice

Don't be intimidated by all the possible functions and comparison reports out there. Look what is needed for your requirements and match to available editions. Also when looking into costs, take the whole into account (not just initial costs, but also consolidation ratios, managebilty and the returns you get from those.)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employeesVendor

Can you describe me, please, the issues you had with controller type/driver versions, and on which guest OS?

05 March 14
Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employeesConsultantTOP REVIEWER

Can we install Solaris as well now on latest versions of ESXi?

11 April 14
IT Administrator at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employeesVendor

I have installed both Solaris 10 and 11 without any issues..

11 April 14
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