VMware vSphere Review

It provides a single platform for API integration, but the web client is clunky.


Valuable Features

  • DRS
  • vMotion

However, without entire feature set we couldn’t manage.

Improvements to My Organization

It reduces the time needed to roll out new solutions. Also, it provides a single platform for our API integrations.

Room for Improvement

It needs color coding (e.g. production/non-=production, tier levels), as it treats everything the same.

Stability Issues

It's pretty solid, most issues are resource and Java related, because Java is a resource hog, but it runs pretty smoothly.

Scalability Issues

There's no concern of scalability, and it gets better with each version. The only issue was with the FT portion, but with 6.0 no concern because it’s capable.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Zero issues with tech support. Our TAM answers after some time, but it's not a negative because they're dedicated just to our company.

Initial Setup

The setup itself is simple, and the only thing is finding the minimums; it won’t tell you minimums prior to upgrades, and you won’t find out until machine dies.

Other Advice

It lose points because it lacks color coding, the web client is clunky, and the interface itself makes it harder to find stuff.

You should run the SQL scripts outside the intial install, cluster SQL, cluster vCenters and run as VMs, and set DR rules to match.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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