What is our primary use case?
The entire production and development environments are running on VMware vSphere using the 6.0 and 6.5 versions with twelve-node clustered configurations. Two data centers were deployed to separate the production side virtual machines from those of test and development.
How has it helped my organization?
The deployment of Enterprise VMware vSphere architecture helps us provide a robust and high availability infrastructure because of the combined features of VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter such as HA, DRS and Fault Tolerance. This base metal virtualization is highly compatible with almost all of the IT hardware.
What is most valuable?
The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance. This his feature comes hand-in-hand with other features of VMware like the DRS, which automatically load-balances the whole VMware farm based on the usage and recommendation.
What needs improvement?
Improve the patch and updates online and remove mandatory reboot, or move the virtual machine onto a physical host that needs patching/maintenance.
I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using this solution for eleven years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
In my long experience, I have a single incident where our whole VMware farm went down. I can say it is very stable as long as the hardware is healthy.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The scalability is great. This solution is highly scalable and compatible with almost all IT hardware on the market.
How are customer service and technical support?
The support is very responsive and highly knowledgeable.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
Prior to this solution, we used Oracle Virtual Machine and Xen Virtualizations.
How was the initial setup?
I used the profiling feature.
What about the implementation team?
I set up the system myself.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution.