VMware vSphere Review

With its High Availability feature, it's become a standard hypervisor with our customers, though the VDI could use improvement.

What is most valuable?

  • High Availability
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Site Recovery

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to provide services to our customers more efficiently than ever. Combined with HP Cloudsystem Matrix, it has become standard with our customers.

What needs improvement?

  • VDI
  • Backup solution

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for the past nine years, since v2.5 was released.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not really, just some tuning prior to release into production.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not at all, this is by far one of the most reliable hypervisors to date.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

ESXi allows us to grow dynamically and with minimum downtime.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:


Technical Support:


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

I have used Hyper-V solutions that lack many high availability features, and the idea of being a Windows based hypervisor made them not so stable.

How was the initial setup?

It was pretty much straightforward. It all depends on how deep you want to go with configuration.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it for our customers.

What was our ROI?

From my position, it means lot less administration, and better ease of use. It also allows us to have fewer physical servers.

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

Some may say it's not cheap, compared to Microsoft or Citrix, but when you master the solution, you realize its features are unique.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We just looked at the different licensing options.

What other advice do I have?

I would encourage you to try this solution not just for Labs, but for production and DRP solutions. I know there are many others out there, and some very good ones, but VMware has been evolving in the right direction, and it is still the benchmark for all the others.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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