VMware vSphere Review

Multiple VMs can run on a single host and have a single point of management.

What is most valuable?

It's consolidated in that multiple VMs can run on a single host and have a single point of management.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Application protection
  • Load balancing
  • Protection against network/host failure

What needs improvement?

5.1 SSO is a disaster, it was re-done for 5.5 and improved again for 6.0. VMware even recommend upgrading directly to 5.5 and skipping 5.1, and we are now planning to upgrade to v6.

For how long have I used the solution?

Personally since 2012, and in my current role only a few months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no major issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not really, as 5.1 has been out for a very long time, and any stability issues have been ironed out as with any product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Upgrading from 5.1 to 5.5 is the biggest issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good and the communities help a lot too.

Technical Support:

Very good and the communities help a lot too.

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

The solution in this company started on v4.1, and has moved to v5, and is currently on v5.1. This was to do with keeping with in support and being able to use new features.

How was the initial setup?

With v5.1 you have to consider the various roles and how you wish to deploy them. SSO, Web, inventory, vCenter can all be installed together, separately, or any mix in between, and even physically if you wanted. I have inherited this design, and I would have done it differently, but as time passes, best practice is improved.

What about the implementation team?

All this was done in-house, with the help of specalist consultants, I have inherited this role and the environment is currently in flux

What was our ROI?

For the company very good, as they run loads of different applications at the same time

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

If you can go for enterprise plus, do so as you get access to the VDS and all the features it provides, esp LBT and NIOC.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Hyper-V is gaining traction but VMware is currently still the way to go.

What other advice do I have?

Plan it properly and skip 5.1 if possible. I would avoid 6.0 until Update 1 is out, so any initial bugs can be ironed out.

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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author avatarChris Childerhose
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I agree that 5.1 is a mess and 5.5 is much better. Update 1 is out now for vSphere 6.0 which we are planning to migrate to now. The Web Client is much improved in this version and includes all Update Manager options now.