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"What I like about this solution, is that it is easy to configure.""The feature that I like most is the versatility.""It's in English, so its exceptional qualities make the control environment more flexible, easier, more stable, and easy to recover after issues.""The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.""The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.""It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.""Active Memory Sharing dynamically reallocates memory of running partitions based on changing workload demands. The memory for the pool is carved out from Physical memory and is made logical memory. The said memory is not available to be assigned to partitions as dedicated memory. A min, max and desired as well as weight is assigned to the memory of each lpar to help hypervisor make a decision in case a condition where priority is to be given to a certain lapr to use the memory form shared pool."

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"The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.""Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.""The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.""It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.""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.""The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.""The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.""Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good."

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"The program has very limited solutions for the virtualization of containers""Any improvements that can be made in the interface will go a long way to helping us work better.""I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.""To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.""The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.""The performance should be improved.""If it could actually virtualize the entire platform it might be better. If you're having more than one virtualization technology, maybe there's a way to actually have less - one technology to run the data center and maybe one special virtualization for power. If it integrated with other platforms more effectively it might be better.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors."

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"Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved.""I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.""It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.""Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.""I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.""I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.""The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users.""OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project.""The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."

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"The price is high, but you get back a lot.""Our ROI is good.""There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.""The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.""Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure.""You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.""It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services.""VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.
Top Answer: I don't know what the licensing costs are. It's not part of my department.
Top Answer: Currently, it's working fine. It's not really lacking too much in the way of features. If it could actually virtualize the entire platform it might be better. If you're having more than one… more »
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU have to be activated at the bios level. It exist on Intel and AMD platform. it is used a lot inside virtualization platform like VMware vsphere. It provide… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
Top Answer: Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures. We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the… more »
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Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, Pneuhage
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company27%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise55%
REVIEWERS
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise47%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise51%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
502,856 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM PowerVM is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 8 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 63 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.6, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "One of the most stable and versatile Virtualization Platform for Tier1 Workloads". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". IBM PowerVM is most compared with KVM, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation and Citrix Hypervisor. See our IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere report.

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