VMware vSphere Review

It's reduced the size and cost of our physical data center, although vROPS should be part of the product and not something extra.

Valuable Features

  • High Availability, so we're able to failover in the case of hardware failure
  • vMotion, for live migration from one server to another without interruption
  • DRS, on par with or better than other hypervisors

Improvements to My Organization

  • Reduces the size and cost of our physical data center.
  • It gives us a smaller footprint, and we can do more with less.

Room for Improvement

vROPS should be part of the product and not something extra. There’s a bunch of third-party applications that can do the same thing for less money. If VMware wants people to get vROPS, it should be included. Price is an issue.

Stability Issues

It's rock solid. We're 100% virtualized and we run everything in this architecture (FAS and vSphere), but you have to deploy it correctly.

Scalability Issues

It's infinitely scalable, if you have the money.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's great, except for AirWatch.

Initial Setup

Upgrading from v5.5 to v6.0, there were a couple of areas in which we had to be careful because the instructions weren't presented clearly, especially with the new vCenter architecture. You have to be careful, but after that, everything else was easy.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Over the last couple of years VMware has included more in your license, but support costs start going up for those products. Hardware costs go down, but licensing starts to cost. CTO’s start looking at open source because of cost, but architects don’t want that.

Other Advice

It just works. Just get it. There are other hypervisors, but the amount of time you put into it to get your job done, you’re going to save money on the back end with vSphere.

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