VMware vSphere Review

By centralizing the customization process while removing common hardware problems, it makes the provisioning and deployment of virtual servers and clients quick and predictable.


What is most valuable?

  • High Availability
  • Distributed resource scheduling & vMotion
  • Robust management toolset for automating routine tasks

How has it helped my organization?

vSphere provides the infrastructure framework to manage server and client systems in a multitude of user environments, from dedicated virtual workstations to short-term use systems. vSphere makes the provisioning and deployment of virtual servers and clients quick and predictable, centralizing the customization process while removing common hardware problems.

What needs improvement?

Fault Tolerance, which was introduced in version 5.5 and improved in 6.0, is a promising feature that has potential to ensure highly critical system availability in the enterprise environment. It presently has vCPU limitations which makes its deployment scenarios limited, but VMware has made great strides between the two versions, indicating that its usefulness will continue to improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

ESXi has some specific hardware requirements that administrators should make sure they are able to meet before deploying. While the platform can run on a considerable range of hardware, various features make use of specialized virtualization instruction sets in the hardware CPU that make the hypervisor suited to only a fraction of the common server hardware on the market. This is not a bad thing, as the benefits from these advanced features are well worth the cost of more advanced hardware. This is the only circumstance in which I have encountered obstacles to deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No. The vSphere hypervisor is exceptionally stable, and the higher-level vSphere environment is quite adaptable to a fluctuating datacenter environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No. The ability to expand the capacity of the vSphere environment is one of the core capabilities of the product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Efficient and knowledgeable.

Technical Support:

Good value, particularly considering a support contract is required with the purchase of vSphere licenses.

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

No previous solution was used.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward, as vSphere is a mature product with well-rounded documentation, and an easy-to-understand interface.

What about the implementation team?

Our system was installed by a vendor team, but was configured in-house. Our vendor team provided a solid architecture solution, but it was insufficient for our requirements.

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

Licensing is not a major obstacle to adopting this product in an enterprise environment. VMware does offer some specialized vSphere editions for small business environments in which cost may be a considerable factor. There is a wide range of options provided by VMware with suitable price points for each license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

Have a plan for system virtualization before pursuing vSphere. Often, the actual needs of an organization, particularly small and medium sized, are overestimated which leads to spending more for a product or product license than is necessary.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarEngineer at a tech services company
Consultant

The advanced feature in newer version are available in the Browser management and not vSpere

author avatarHieu Nghiem Ba
Real User

vSphere Fault Tolerance was introduced from vSphere 4.x. And in vSphere 6.0, it is still called vSphere FT but in abbreviation for vSphere Symmetric Multiprocessor Fault Tolerance.