VMware vSphere Review

It saves us money because we don't have to buy as many physical servers

What is our primary use case?

We use it to virtualize our server infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

Virtualization has made it easier for us to manage our environment. We can manage it from location, the vSphere web client.

We find the solution simple and efficient to manage. 

What is most valuable?

It provides us cost savings. We are able to virtualize instead of buying many physical servers. Therefore, we can buy one server and add VMs on top of it.

The SQL Servers are our mission critical apps.

What needs improvement?

  • Keep innovating.
  • Make it more efficient and stable.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. We've had no issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable. You can add different components to it. Moving into the future, as we do different things, we'll be able to stay with VMware.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very helpful. VMware's technical support seems to be very knowledgeable.

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

We did not have a previous solution that we were using.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the initial setup.

What was our ROI?

It's huge. It has been a big return on investment for us. It saves us money because we don't have to buy as many physical servers. VMware seems to be the future of computing.

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

It is cost effective. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not look at anything else. We just looked at VMware.

What other advice do I have?

We are just learning about VM Encryption, TPS, and VBS right now. We just moved to VMware ESX 6.7. While I don't have a lot of experience in it yet, but we're looking to implement them.

Since we have had VMware, we've had no problems with it. It's easy to manage. It works very well. Other competitors may not offer as much. You can do a lot with VMware. You get different plugins, so it's a great product. Just go with it.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:

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