VMware vSphere Review

We run 200 virtual servers on a few physical machines, saving on environmental costs like power and heat. However, internal notifications and performance monitoring could be improved.

Valuable Features

You get virtualized servers, which means you can run a bunch of servers on a couple of machines, so you save money and you save the environmental costs like power and heat. You also get the redundancy when you are using features like vMotion.

Improvements to My Organization

We have around 200 virtualized servers, so while if we had to buy 200 physical servers, it would cost a lot more compared to what we spend.

Room for Improvement

I would say that the internal notifications could be much clearer and the performance monitoring could be a lot better. They have an add-on but that costs money.

Stability Issues

It's very stable – the only thing I have found is that it’s a learning curve. You need to understand all aspects of your environment. Some people are just network or storage or server related, but you need to be aware of all areas. In general, if you need to troubleshoot a server, and VMware is not around, and we have a situation, it’s going to be harder for someone to understand the solution.

Scalability Issues

It’s fairly scalable, as we have over 2000 people, 120 branches across different provinces, and it can support our environment.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support has been fine when they figure out if its hardware or software – we have HP hardware, and so the challenge is dealing with whose job it is, HP or VMWare. Once we understand what the problem is, the support is very good.

Previous Solutions

Initial Setup

I would say not complex but it’s not click click click, it goes through a wizard but once you need to architect the network environment it’s a bit complex.

Other Advice

I would tell say that if you have the money you should buy the solution and go with blades. Also, make sure you do a lot of number crunching to show that the solution is valuable.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user82797 (User)

How many physical servers are in your vmware solution for 200 virtual machines?

author avatarit_user265911 (Technical Sales Director at Xorux)

Regarding performance monitoring, there are so many tools and even some of them are freeware as LPAR2RDD.