VMware vSphere Review

The most valuable feature for us is Virtual Volumes because it gives us better control of VM stores.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is Virtual Volumes because it gives us better control of VM stores.

How has it helped my organization?

It's given us the ability to consolidate SAN- and NAS-storage availability.

What needs improvement?

Even though the Web Client is faster and more efficient in v6 as compared to previous versions, it could be faster.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues with deployment. Upgrades from v5.5 went smoothly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No purple screens of death with ESXi 6 whatsoever. vCenter Server works perfectly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We encountered no issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We haven't used them often, but they've been excellent.

Technical Support:

Technical support has been excellent.

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

We went with v6 to get the benefits of the better Web Client.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was staightforward with the ESXi and vCenter upgrades. It worked the very first time.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

What was our ROI?

We expect to save in the $100,000 range after only one year since we virtualized more servers.

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

Just evaluate the features offered in the different versions to meet your needs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer, but VMware has always served us well.

What other advice do I have?

Install it in a test lab first if the experience level is low for VMware solutions.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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