What is our primary use case?
This product is solid and useful for quick test/dev environments.
Found replicating client application upgrades and compatibility tests within a virtual environment makes upgrades very successful.
We also use it for custom application testing to ensure compatibility and smooth transitions.
How has it helped my organization?
Since I work with so many different customers, I deal with many operating systems and workstation configurations. When performing upgrades to servers, applications, windows, etc., I need to know the ramifications before we go live with production.
Creating labs has been useful for my employees when working on certifications.
I am also not a big fan of adding and removing software over and over on my laptop, so I use my VM's when I need a temporary application installed. It also keeps the clutter down, keeping my main tools fast and efficient.
They also come in handy when cleaning infected thumb drives.
What is most valuable?
I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for.
What needs improvement?
I have had issues with the virtual network adapters in the past that has taken some time to troubleshoot.
For how long have I used the solution?
Three to five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I have encountered stability issues with the virtual networks and have had run into issue with copying or moving VMs. Usually these all work great 9 out of 10 times, but when it doesn't work right it become very time consuming to fix and troubleshoot.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
How are customer service and technical support?
8 out of 10. Good SR system to communicate through emails and phone support.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
How was the initial setup?
What was our ROI?
Using workstation saves money on big hardware using vSphere just for test/dev.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The pricing is a bit steep in my opinion for testing and there are other options. None however that are so powerful and easy to use.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
May 15 2018