VMware vSphere Review

We've been able to scale out at deployment time to match our predicted future needs.


What is most valuable?

We've found that the most valuable features for us are:

  • vMotion
  • Replication
  • Portability

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved our functioning in three areas:

  • Deployment
  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery

What needs improvement?

One way VMware could improve on this solutions is to re-incorporate the FAT client along with the web client.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for nine years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment is done with future needs in mind. But with day-to-day deployment, we haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've been able to scale out at deployment time to match our predicted future needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is very good.

Technical Support:

Technical support is very good.

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

No previous solution was in place.

How was the initial setup?

The set-up is very straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used in-house staff to deploy. Depending on the implementation, you would decide then on a vendor, if necessary.

What was our ROI?

I don’t have a specific number on the ROI, but it has been very good.

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

I would recommend discussing an ELA with the vendor.

What other advice do I have?

Think of the entire environment when making this decision - deployment, storage, backups, etc.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChris Childerhose
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The FAT client and Web Client are both in Version with the Web Client being able to do all the things the FAT client does and more. Including Update Manager now. Yes it is not quite as quick as the FAT client but they are pretty darn close.