VMware vSphere Review

It is a single pane of glass that lets you access your hosts and VMs


What is our primary use case?

We use vSphere to monitor our ESX hosts and VMs. We use it on day-to-day basis. vCenter one of the first things employees open when they arrive to our offices. It is a good product. It has an array of things that you perform with it, and we use it all the time.

We are planning to use AWS, but we are not using it yet. 

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to use. For an admin who is just starting to use it, it doesn't matter, since it's generally widely used. This is a big advantage. Anybody can just come in and start using it from day one.

It's simple to use. I don't use it a lot, but I can get in and guide myself through the menus. That is what makes it intuitive and easy to use.

What is most valuable?

It is a single pane of glass that lets you access your hosts and VMs. This makes the solution impactful, as you have one place to go to manage everything from one console.

The encryption security is great. It is a topic we take into consideration daily. It is important that we enable all the features and make sure our data center is secure. Nobody can hack us, get in, steal information, and use it from our systems.

We run an electric grid. Our apps that run on the electric grid are going on VMs, so these are very secure apps.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see AI in future releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had downtime, like everybody in the industry.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We scale it both vertically and hortizonally. We have many data centers on it.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have a great team behind us technically from VMware.

How was the initial setup?

I did not do the initial setup.

What was our ROI?

It keeps together a lot of different environments, making it easier and faster to work. It definitely has a good turn around.

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

The pricing could be improved.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend the product.

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