VMware vSphere Review

vSphere vs. RHEV vs. Hyper-V vs. XenServer

What is most valuable?

How has it helped my organization?

We have used the following functions:

1. Hypervisor: to ensure that the virtual server provide web and email services to the company, thus providing a stable operation a with single sign-on integration of an AD server and vCenter.

2. Network and Storage: centralized data server software and user virtualization using ThinApp or installed into the Catalog on VDI, to help increase the security of its IT systems therefore saving time operating workstations.

3. VDI: help focus resource systems, build systems, and workstations with specific software for each organization within the company to ensure effective use, such as:

  • Labs Dept.
  • Demos for Marketing Dept.
  • 3D web design, office applications provide access via web browsers or mobile devices.

Also, we have a CRM system and helpdesk support portal to help record information and interact with customers. Additionally, customers will be directed to the support of technical assistance from experts of VMware and Microsoft. (Redhat and Citrix Xen we do not know how this will work yet).

We use the standard system Helpdesk Support TOR, SOW and ISO 27005 information security for customers in order to put an automated customer feedback for the ticket or marked escalation answered to ensure support complete time appointments.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Virtual Machine clients for about 14 years and VDI for about 4 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

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

No we didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

We set up a simple way first and then gradually more complex.  This makes it easy to control the process of expanding the system.

We implemented it in this way:

  1. Server Virtualization Infrastructure, Configuring vSphere Hypervisor and VMware vCenter settings.
  2. Convert physical servers to virtual servers running VMware ESXi 5.5 platform
  3. Virtualization software with ThinApp, Portable tested on a few virtual machine desktop OS as promiscuity: 12:10 Ubuntu, Suse Linux 11, Windows 7 x64bit, Win 8.1 x64bit, summarizing the results of compatibility testing or debugging.
  4. Estimates of the amount of resources needed and planned VDI deployment phase 2.
  • Phase 1: only provide virtualized applications running on Web, Mobile
  • Phase 2: Creating the Desktop templates and analyze the user has specifically been using remote desktop protocol RDP/PCoIP.

What about the implementation team?

We must study and deploy a project in-house, then take it to the project Pilot/POC to introduce it  to customers.

We do additional case studies and gradually adjusted to suit each areas of business customers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Original setup cost Including: hardware infrastructure costs, software licenses, cost deployment training and technology transfer management and operation.  Also 12 month warranty costs and consulting solutions if you rent.

Day to day: Rental assistance, monthly administration, and hiring a full-service PaaS/SaaS system.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we did. vSphere 5.5, RHEV 3.3, HyperV 2012R2 and XenServer 6.2 and a comparison table is below.  All are scored on a scale of 1-10.

What other advice do I have?

  • VMware vSphere 5.5 should be invested in for virtualization infrastructure as it is cheap, effective, and stable.  It also meets more requirements than other products.
  • Investment decisions VDI technology did its review on the actual needs for each person/group/ department needs and had professional software for it and they decided to use VDI.
  • In the process of deploying VDI, the application should be virtualized, shared services should be enhanced, and limited desktop virtual machines for the particular user.s (e.g. design engineers need 3D GPU rendering, chief accountant, architect, system administration).
  • The following should be studied and then implemented -  SSO configuration, GPO, security methods, ACL permissions, firewall, anti-virus for servers and virtual desktops in a consistent manner, all in accordance with ISO 27000.

We can customize everything from UI of cloud to the supply of integration vApp

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Yes, we do. Our company is a Gold partner of Microsoft, VMware and Pearson Vue.
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author avatarit_user8256 (Senior Manager of Infrastructure with 501-1,000 employees)

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author avatarit_user6699 (Technical Operations Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees)

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author avatarit_user90288 (User)

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There is not helpful if your interested in RHEV solutions, (no features have been described).

author avatarit_user8685 (Infrastructure Expert at Cloud Counselage Inc. (www.cloudcounselage.com))

VMware vSphere 5.5 suite is the most robust and reliable suite of products in today's Virtualization market space. It also provides a very strong foundation to build the most robust Clouds today, be it private, public or hybrid. VMware's public/hybrid IaaS cloud; vCloud Air is also based on its strong vSphere foundations. VMware vCloud Air is penetrating and eating into the Amazon public/hybrid cloud marketspaces big time. VMware's coming up vSphere 6.0 would be a leap far ahead of its competitors in Virtualization and hence the Cloud spaces.

author avatarreviewer139530 (Systems and Security Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Top 20Real User

We use VMWare vSphere 5.5 for most of our deployed servers. However, there are some instances where we had to use Microsoft's Hyper-V due to hardware compatibility issues (mostly with older DELL storage) While we have a heavy investment in VMWare, we are starting to use more Hyper-V instances with 3rd party management - the 3rd party management tools bring it close to VMware - for FAR less money. I am sure there will be some VMWare fall off as MS poises itself to knock off the big guy in the market. There is also the issue that MS has launched Hyper-V in its Windows 8.x Pro/Enterprise editions for free. Where we used VMWare Workstation in the past, we are now using Hyper-V for many new instances. Upgrading from VMWare Workstation 10 to version 11 cost too much for how we use it - so, unless VMWare sharpens the pencils... well, you know what will happen!

author avatarThang Le Toan (Victory Lee) (Robusta Technology & Training)
Top 5Real User

Thanks for Marcos Nogueira and do not be sad, we also like to use IBM Lotus Domino, SameTime, WebSphere and also love using Microsoft technologies for application development, application integration with BizTalk, SharePoint Portal. But virtualization infrastructure, we have studied very carefully compare with other virtualization technologies, and whether you love Microsoft or Citrix virtualization, it has too many organizations certified as VMware Virtualization world leader.

author avatarThang Le Toan (Victory Lee) (Robusta Technology & Training)
Top 5Real User

Thank you talked about the dramatic changes in the products of VMware virtualization, vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6.0 since there are so many features, performance beyond the old version and other virtualization vendors.

Thank reviewer90288, ROBUSTA program is promoting a lot of training courses, we also authorized training partner of RHEV. So according to your advertising is one part responsible or method of enrichment of each individual in the company?

author avatarit_user171114 (Engineer)

Kindly share the study material

author avatarit_user384207 (Manager / Architect - Platform Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

How can you show Hyper-V does not have HA? It has had HA since 2008 version. It leverage MS Clustering, while clunky it supports it.

author avatarHenry
Top ReviewerTop 5Real User

Any update on version 6?