VMware vSphere Review

It allows a more efficient way to increase/decrease the server inventory.

What is most valuable?

  • vCenter
  • ESXi Host
  • Configuring
  • Management
  • Patch
  • Maintenance

How has it helped my organization?

It has reduced the space, and power utilization, as well as allowing a much more efficient way to increase/decrease the server inventory.

What needs improvement?

I think VMware should make it easier to manage different components (ESXi Hosts, vCenter, etc.) through firewalls. Some organizations have to separate the components with firewalls for security purposes, and VMware does not act well when hosts are separated from vCenter by firewalls.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Absolutely, numerous issues in particular HP ESXi VMware images that we utilized created a number of deployment issues. ESXi Hosts would lock up, network configs would malfunction and plenty more. We had issues deploying vCenter on windows 2012, and Windows 2012 r2, such as being unable to successfully integrate vCenter with Active Directory and plenty more.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support was difficult to obtain at time because of the limited number of resources allocated to our program.

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

The previous solution were individual physical servers, which we replaced by utilizing VMware.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward, and physical servers used to host web applications.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were looked at.

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