VMware vSphere Review

We're now able to provision new servers faster and have the option to perform snapshots prior to implementing changes.


Valuable Features

  • vMotion
  • DRS
  • High Availability
  • Snapshots

Improvements to My Organization

We're now able to provision new servers faster and have the option to perform snapshots prior to implementing changes.

Room for Improvement

The installation of vCenter SSO for a lot of my customers could be improved, but I think it's a totally useless feature.

Use of Solution

I've used it since version 4.0, so around six years.

Deployment Issues

Sometimes there were issues during the installation, especially with certificates.

Stability Issues

Only once in five years have we had stability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is not so bad.

Technical Support:

Technical support is also not so bad, but it could be better if it could be localized with non-English languages. Both I and my customers sometimes have difficulty understanding them.

Previous Solutions

I started with vSphere, so I haven't used any previous solutions.

Initial Setup

In the previous version (5.1/5.0) the initial setup was terrible, now it’s much better.

Implementation Team

I can do the implementation myself.

ROI

I think it’s quite expensive.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

I think it’s quite expensive.

Other Solutions Considered

My customers also looked at Hyper-V and XenServer.

Other Advice

Make sure you have a lab for testing.

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