VMware vSphere Review

DRS and resource pool sharing are valuable features for us.

Valuable Features

There are several features we've found valuable, including:

  • DRS
  • SDRS
  • vDS
  • Resource pool sharing

Improvements to My Organization

By engaging virtualization and vSphere's advanced features, we've started to effectively manage workload and resources, resulting in better performance with fine grained tuning.

Room for Improvement

One of the features I would like to see is less constraints on the fault tolerance feature. Version 6 may have this, but we don't have it yet.

Use of Solution

I've used it for four years.

Deployment Issues

We haven't had issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

It's been stable for us.

Scalability Issues

It's scaled sufficiently for us.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

We haven’t have many interactions with customer support. For the ones we had, it was satisfactory.

Technical Support:

We haven’t have many interactions with technical support. For the ones we had, it was satisfactory.

Initial Setup

We already had knowledge of the product on the team, so it was easy for us.

Implementation Team

We're working with a Hardware-as-a-Service model where we're responsible for the software and VMware is responsible for the hardware. We implemented vSphere together with the vendor.

Other Solutions Considered

We considered using Xen/KVM, but we didn’t want to spend much time on the configuration and wanted to start working on the product out of the box.

Other Advice

I would recommend analysis of different options and pricing, including public/private-cloud models. Depending on your application and needs, you may not need such an advanced product as vSphere Enterprise.

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