VMware vSphere Review

It's helped us improve our SSO functionality and there's the opportunity to scale with the Platform Services Controller.


What is most valuable?

  • Bare metal Hypervisor
  • Management
  • Mobility of VMs
  • Distributed resource services - HA, DRS; Network and Storage

How has it helped my organization?

Hypervisor & Management in the new vCenter Server 6 with Platform Services Controller gives us a huge opportunity for scalability. It's also helped improve our SSO functionality with one click.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if they could have offer a straight/forward deployment of vCenter from an OVA, not from an ISO.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used vSphere for about 15 years, and vCOPS for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I have not needed to contact them yet.

Technical Support:

I have not needed to contact them yet.

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

I hadn't used a previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

An in-house implementation was done. All the pre-production implementation tests were made on VMware Workstation 11. Regarding vCenter 6, it is a must to install the VMware OVF tool in order to find, and make, the needed settings in the appliance *.vmx , before starting it. Having in mind the vCenter appliance is intended for ESXi deployment, in the production environment it was straightforward.

What was our ROI?

The ROI is much better with the VSOM.

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

From the position of an enterprise partner of VMware, it is not really easy to convince the end-customers of the VSOM benefits, having in mind the price tag.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were evaluated.

What other advice do I have?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're an enterprise partner of VMware with CloudProvider solution competency.
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