VMware vSphere Review

Work life balance as systems administrators got flexibility, robustness, scalability of current infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

SAAS, SAAS, IAAS using Virtualisation of infrastructure

How has it helped my organization?

Work life balance as systems administrators got flexibility, robustness, scalability of current infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

The licensing part. VMware must simplify the licensing mode to help selling to business and additional products.

For how long have I used the solution?

Almost 10years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nope. Smooth all the way.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Never. Vmware was the easiest system i ever deployed. Did it without training.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not yet. As long as i have the infrastructure, the system works like magic. I can add hardware and servers as i want.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I only have the online website customer service. Otherwise i have no support from anyone. Tho i love the product.

Technical Support:

once i had to upgrade and i was adding some new hardware from DELL the company in Kenya sent very good guys to work on them directly. We have been good friends with the guys tho they are no longer in DELL.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I was deploying servers from bare metal. Once i got VMware, i have never looked back.

How was the initial setup?

It was smooth. I had bought symanted brightmail and it could only deploy from VMDX. So i had to learn the hard way. I likes it. Once i learnt about VMware, i have helped no less than 20 administrators to deploy VMware in Kenya.

What about the implementation team?

Dell M1000 full blade power edge, deployed by the manufacturer.

What was our ROI?

It is superb. Level of hardware investment went down. Scalability and power is superb. Next am deploying BI and warehousing on DELL poweredge using VMware and later a 4 tier (a true 4 tier) datacenter in Kenya.

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

This is a place VMware have to work on. Bringing in products or upgrading is difficult to sell to the finance guys.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I fell into VMware. I so far like the marriage.

What other advice do I have?

Keep going guys. Best thing under the sun.

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