vSphere Review
We were able to transition from 20-25 physical servers on three to four racks to 500 VM's on 16 physical servers.


Valuable Features

The ability to handle an entire virtual data center, keep costs under control, and move the workload without having a business impact.

Improvements to My Organization

Before virtualization, my company had 20-25 physical server, with one or more services each. These servers were placed in three to four racks.

Now we handle 500 servers (VM's) in half a rack, meaning only 16 physical servers. This solution improves cost, manageability, and growth.

Room for Improvement

The product is very mature and stable, but vCenter web interface response could be improved.

Use of Solution

I've used it for 10 years.

Deployment Issues

Yes, but by support, we found the solution, a hardware driver for HBA component.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I've only used them a few times, but they've always answered my queries very well.

Technical Support:

It's very high.

Previous Solutions

We used Xen and KVM, and we switched for the lack of manageability, stability, scalability.

Initial Setup

Setup is light work, but many components must be configured with vSphere documentation by hand.

Implementation Team

I implemented it in-house.

ROI

For every Euro we sold in infrastructure, we gained five to seven Euros in services, because we have less operation costs, a good time to market, and more infrastructure agility.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The price can be very high, but in the case of a service provider with a VSPP program, you can offer the top class vSphere features for two to three sold VM. If you plan a little deployment I suggest bundle kits (Essential and Essential plus).

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, KVM and Xen (both opensource), and although they have no upfront costs, these are countered by very high operative costs.

Other Advice

First try this product, evaluate the infrastructure sustainability, and purchase the correct license that fits your needs.

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

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