VMware vSphere Review

Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot


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What is our primary use case?

We are an IT consulting company who serves and sells IT services.

I am using the beta version to understand the new features. Also, we are using it to improve our code for our VMware clients.

We are not yet on VMware cloud on AWS.

How has it helped my organization?

It is very simple to manage.

Some of the benefits that we have seen are:

  • HTML5
  • Web Client
  • It is fast and available.
  • It works well and is reliable.
  • The ESXi Quick Book is a good new feature because production people can quickly reboot the server, where previously it took a long time.
  • There is no need to have an iSCSI client. Some people use it, but the industry is moving to HTML5 clients.

I am testing more products and advising my clients about what they should do and implement with the newest version of VMware.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are:

  • ESXi Quick Boot
  • VM encryption
  • New security features.

The new feature announced today with vSphere Update 1 inside vSan is impressive. I did not have a chance to test Update 1 yet. We shall see how it performs in the next few days.

Because my server is too old, I am using my own lab for TPM. I did not have a good chance to test everything. VM encryption is quite simple to implement: Just check two boxes and it is done. It is very easy to do. If you want to move from on-premise to cloud, it is quite easy.

What needs improvement?

I put information on my blog stating that I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware. They have announced many thing that I am looking for today, so I am happy.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very impressive. VMware develops many stable products. That is why we participate in the beta product testing to make things better.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very impressive. As usual, VMware is able to scale out and up all their solutions.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do use the technical support, and so do my clients who receive good support. 

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did use in the past Hyper-V, KVM and XEN. I do prefer VMware for the maturity of their robust solutions 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. There isn't any complexity unless you have very old servers, then you won't be able to install the latest version of VMware 6.7 because of TPM.

What about the implementation team?

VMWare is one of the most used solution all around the world, it is easy to found some expertise on the market. Ask for a VMware certified person like VCP ou VCAP this will garanty a good knowledge of your tech support.

What was our ROI?

Our ROI is good. 

There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.

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

The price is high, but you get a lot functionnality included with the product. You can also start with the free version of ESXi.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am using many solutions: IBM PowerVM, Hyper-V, Acropolis, and VMware.

VMware is the most natural product on the market at the moment, especially in virtualization. The other products are quite good too. I am not saying you can use them, because you can. They are stable now. However, with VMware, you receive more feature than with the others.

What other advice do I have?

Think about your business needs, afterwards choose the product. Write down your needs on paper in bullets, then the solution will be clear and you can justify choosing VMware, not Hyper-V.

I would rate this solution as a nine out of 10. There is always space for improvement. 

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: It depends on the business's need. That is all. I am a consultant and must know what my client needs. If they want a Rolls Royce, I give them a Rolls Royce. If they want a Honda Civic, I give them a Honda Civic. I must know the products to fit them to the customer's needs. I don't sell too much, just what the customer wants.

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