VMware vSphere Review

It has fast server provisioning and improves disaster recovery.

What is most valuable?

Virtualization is the most valuable feature. Without it, working in the cloud and IT life as we know it is not possible.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Fast server provisioning
  • Saves energy
  • It's green
  • Improves disaster recovery

I have configured our environment in a way by which it will ease the process of provisioning the VMs by using automation workflows within the VMware environment.

Disaster recovery is very much helpful for any business where you require a maximum uptime or minimal downtime. We have two environments configured, hosted in two different locations, so if we encounter a disaster at one site, the network infrastructure will switch to the other site with minimal downtime (maximum 15 minutes).

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for over three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were challenges with the compatibility, design and architecture. If these three things are perfect on your table, then you will not face any issues while deploying anything. In our scenario, we encountered some issues with compatibility.

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.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:


Technical Support:


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

I was using Citrix. vSphere is far better than Citrix, in my opinion. There was a time that when you wanted to deploy a VDI environment, there would be no reason not to choose XenServers. But now, VMware vSphere is providing not just the VDI platform, but also the complete virtualization infrastructure with very good features.

How was the initial setup?

It is always straightforward if you follow the documentation.

What about the implementation team?

I tried it myself in-house in my lab environment.

What was our ROI?

I have learned a lot and am still learning.

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

It's worthwhile investing as VMware is a leader in the virtualization market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Citrix
  • Hyper-V

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and implement it as you will enjoy using it.

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