VMware vSphere Review

The web GUI isn't a worthy replacement for the standalone one but it is ​cheap and fast to deploy new servers


What is most valuable?

Cheap and fast to deploy new servers.

How has it helped my organization?

Faster server deployment.

What needs improvement?

Standalone GUI dismissed, the web GUI isn't a worthy replacement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Seven years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As long as the network and storage attached are running fine, you have nothing to worry about.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Monitor your RAM usage closely and you will be fine.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good.

Technical Support:

Very good.

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

No previous solution used.

How was the initial setup?

Pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house by following the manuals and training from the vendor it went by the book.

What was our ROI?

Very high as each new virtual server saves us thousands budget wise.

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

I don't know but the licensing model is pretty harsh, so don't start if you only want to virtualize a couple of machines

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, it was the only well-functioning solution on the market at the time.

What other advice do I have?

Give Hyper-V a chance and look very well into the pricing model. Make sure your storage and network is prepared for a high load with a small footprint

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