VMware vSphere Review

It makes servers easier to manage and offers increased redundancy, although I think the product licensing should be simplified on a sliding scale.


What is most valuable?

The 3D Graphics isn’t something I have used yet, but will be very nice for VDI environments. Also, the improvements in vMotion will bring on some major changes.

How has it helped my organization?

In general, VMware improves the way almost every business using it operates. Server virtualization cuts down on operating costs by a lot, makes servers easier to manage, and offers increased redundancy.

What needs improvement?

I think the product licensing is very confusing still and should be simplified on a sliding scale. i.e. one to three servers are essential for four to 10 standard, etc. Instead of licensing per core.

For how long have I used the solution?

I was using this product at home during the early testing phases and once released we rolled this out to a few of our customers.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the early builds there were some stability issues, but that was resolved early on and is not an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

9/10.

Technical Support:

10/10.

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

I have used Hyper-V, but it does not even come close to comparing to vSphere. There are plenty of features you cannot do easily in Hyper-V that vSphere makes a breeze.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward. Just like moving to any other vSphere release.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house. We are a VMware partner so we set this up for our customers.

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

The licensing can be a little strange, since the per CPU licensing will hopefully be gone in the future. Just make sure to know exactly what you need to make sure you purchase exactly what you need. Also, it is pretty easy to use a licensing calculator.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were looked at.

What other advice do I have?

You should work with an existing VMware partner to deploy, but seek proper training or coursework for day to day management.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're a VMware partner.
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