- Distributed virtual switches
- Extensibility - you can ring in many ecosystems
I’d like to be able to expand the capability of SMP fault tolerant VMs. That’s a game-changer when talking about business-critical applications (i.e. Oracle). If we had this, we’d no longer need an Oracle rack (will have better solution with this improvement).
It's extremely stable, and solid. No problems with respect to the hypervisor itself.
As a consultant, most horror stories come from people doing things they shouldn’t do. It becomes so easy, people take certain things for granted. e.g. a VM snapshot file showed that a user had let something run for three years.
That’s the kind of stuff that makes it unstable.
It's got excellent scalability. There are no applications that can’t be virtualized now.
VMware have one of the most consistent tech supports out there.
It was very easy.
This is where it loses points on sometimes perceived costs; the competition has done a good job of promoting the notion of a “VMware tax”, but the benefit is there with their licensing scheme.
Buy it, and you will be hard pressed to find a better combination, but you need to understand it, and have a plan. As simple as it is, don’t just go out and buy.