- The HA functions
- vSphere Distributed Switch
It gives us a good consolidated overview of hundreds or thousands of servers at a time.
It gives us the ability to easily manage those from a centralized point, and a lot more reliability because we can easily migrate between hardware and consolidate workloads.
The web client, the GUI, could use some improvement. It’s pretty clunky and slow. Some things are only available in the web client, some are only available in the fat client so it would be nice to have them in both in one interface.
I've used it for about two years.
No, we’ve been using vSphere for a long time so we’re quite familiar with it, and we have a good relationship with VMWare. Deployment was easy.
We don’t see many crashes, if any, on the vSphere side.
Again, it’s simple as popping extra hosts in. Quite easily scalable.
They’re very good. We’ve got a good relationship with VMware, and they’re always available - they give us previews on upcoming tech or quickly connect us with someone we need to speak to.Technical Support:
It’s good. It’s usually quite easy and quick to log calls and get support services. The vSphere client has a built-in means of pulling logs which logs which we can send directly to VMWare technical support. We can get tier two or three support quite readily.
Not since I’ve worked here, so at least 10 years. We started with vSphere.
It kind of depends; we work with a number of different customers. It’s relatively straightforward, but for complex implementations there can be some complications. They publish all of the necessary installation information so it’s quite easy to find support for deployment.
We do it in-house.
It’s not something I really deal with as an engineer. Because of the types of service we offer, we don’t sell customers vSphere licensing.
I’d grab the software from their site - you can deploy it and use it for 60 days free of charge, so whether you’re doing a large or small deployment try it out and see if it works. You can also engage with technical support services. The software is free, so grab it and play with it.