VMware vSphere Review

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


Valuable Features

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

Improvements to My Organization

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

Room for Improvement

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

Use of Solution

I've used it for three months.

Deployment Issues

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

Stability Issues

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

Scalability Issues

We encountered no issues with scalability.

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.

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup

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

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house.

ROI

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

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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

Other Solutions Considered

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

Other Advice

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

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