VMware vSphere Review

​It has helped organise computing into more logical groups, instead of random physical servers.

What is most valuable?

  • Scalability
  • Flexibility
  • Vmotion across vCenters

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped organise computing into more logical groups, instead of random physical servers all over the place. It has also made the provision of new servers quicker and easier, allowed the space to build proper development infrastructure and also allows quick decommissioning.

What needs improvement?

The webclient could use more features and a cleaner layout.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the product for 2 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues with deployment. It was very smooth.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered. It has really improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any issues with scalability. This is much better now.

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

No, I did evaluate Hyper-V and Xenserver, but stayed with VMware due to features, despite initial cost difference.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was fairly straightforward. ESX is easy to configure and vCenter is intuitive on top.

What about the implementation team?

We evaluated our current project vendor, but discovered we had more knowledge and accountability in-house.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As I previously mentioned, we evaluated Hyper-V and Xenserver, but we decided to stay with VMware as a result of the features offered.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend evaluating the features that match what you need before deciding. Use the 60 day trials to test.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

vSphere 5.5
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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