VMware vSphere Review

It is easy to set up. Once you get it running, it doesn't break down. It just runs.

What is most valuable?

It is user-friendly and easy to use. 

What needs improvement?

We stopped using a lot of cloud services. However, I see that VMware has integrated with Amazon Cloud. We will now to have to move everything to the cloud. My goal is to uplift our environment to the cloud, which will be probably in two years, but it will happen. It is where everyone is heading, since it is the next big step.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. Once you have it in production, there are rarely any issues, which is a nice thing about VMware.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. We need to scale out and up, and we can do that with vSphere. We can easily add more storage, drives, or memory. 

How is customer service and technical support?

I do not have any problems with tech support. It is very good. I usually start in-house, then outreach to VMware support if there is a need to do so.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up. Once you get it running, it doesn't break down. It just runs.

The deployment took a week to complete. I do not fault the solution, as it was our personal systematic issues that had to be dealt with internally.

What was our ROI?

ROI is hard to measure because it depends upon the customer's relationship with the solution and how much they spent on it.

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

VMware licensing and pricing are a bit more expensive compared to others, like Hyper-V. However, you get what you pay for.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Hyper-V, but decided to go with VMware since there are certain applications which run better on VMware. 

What other advice do I have?

Price is not everything to me. Even though price may put a burden on a company, if you are trying to solve something for your company, the more expensive solution may help you run your environment smoothly. Then, it is worth the expense. 

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