VMware vSphere Review

With its availability and scalability, we've moved to a cloud paradigm with infrastructure that combines storage and networking elements in a single software layer.


Improvements to My Organization:

Thanks to vSphere we have improved our availability and scalability, and we are now able to dynamically move to a cloud paradigm. vSphere for us, is not a simple computer virtualization; it provides a complete infrastructure which combines computer storage, and networking elements in a single software layer, that we are calling SDDC.

Previously, we thought it was a simple server consolidation, where bulk and power consumption were drastically reduced. Now we are moving to a software-defined storage and software-defined networking to keep control of all IT environment, from service to a single infrastructure components.

We hope to keep all the physical datacenter elements under the same software layer, and we are hoping that that dream will comes true in the next years.

Room for Improvement:

The introduction of a web console could be a great improvement for sysadmin, but the poor responsive interface has been solved in v6.0. The previous sysadmin/design experience with vSphere client could become a dangerous loop for its development.

Stability Issues:

At the moment, VMware admins say that the vSphere client will never die!

Initial Setup:

The vSphere installation, and operations are fully documented. I think that VMWare spent a lot of time writing documents which could be useful during the platforms lifecycle.

Other Advice:

Before installing this product, try to design all the components, and don't be shy asking for comparisons or sharing your experience. Often design guidelines are the result of customer implementations, and different points of view. Before bringing it into production in your environment, execute hardening procedures.

If you are working for an ISP, where network admin rules an IT organization, try to get control of all networking devices connected to all services provided by your platform. Often, ISP network administrators are specialized in internet networking, and often they don't know data center networking issues and design impacts.

One of the worst savings to do when trying to consolidate, is to use less networking devices; for this reason I suggest you never play around with them when you need to use eight interfaces per host. If you need them there is no reason to have less than you have asked.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Yes, we are a VMware Solution and Service Professional Partner
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