VMware vSphere Review

Proven to be very stable; systems run unattended...Citrix on the other hand allows you to easily mount iso files.


What is most valuable?

vSphere Replication, Storage APIs, vSphere HA, vSphere vMotion.

How has it helped my organization?

With VMWare virtualization environment; deploying servers; backing, replication and restoration are done in a matter of minutes.

What needs improvement?

Mounting ISO's ( You have to copy it onto the server and point to it and perform your installation); Citrix on the other hand allows you to easily mount iso files.

For how long have I used the solution?

4.5 Years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None that were insurmountable.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

VMWare in my experience has proven to be very stable; systems usually run unattended.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With the right amount of resources, additional host and servers can be added within minutes.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

5 out of 5

Technical Support:

5 out of 5

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have in production Citrix Xenserver; Xenserver does not seem to be friendly with third party integration.

How was the initial setup?

With the right amount of training initial installation is usually straightforward; even in the absence of that it's pretty much straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Implemented in-house

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Xenserver.

What other advice do I have?

Its the most production ready virtual platform.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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