VMware vSphere Review

Makes VM backups for fast recovery options but it entails more work

What is our primary use case?

I have used VMware products at five different software companies, and it was mainly used for the following functions: development environments, QA systems, internal infrastructures like wikis or ticketing. 

How has it helped my organization?

It was brilliant to consolidate systems, and it provided the best way of doing it at the time, as far as I was aware.

What is most valuable?

Snapshot and clone: make VM backups for fast recovery options, build systems and reduced setup times.

What needs improvement?

When I needed to equip a new startup, I was unable to get the budget for vSphere past finance, so I ended up adopting a cheaper alternative even though it meant more work.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Depends on your budget

How are customer service and technical support?


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

I also used Citrix Xen which was really great, but ended up mainly using Qemu and Libvirt with KVM because of costs.

How was the initial setup?


What about the implementation team?

In house

What was our ROI?

Great flexible infrastructure 

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

Depends on your budget and skill set.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Virtualbox, Xen Server and KVM

What other advice do I have?

Linode, AWS and Digital Ocean now use KVM

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

ESXi 4.0
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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