Compare IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere

IBM PowerVM is ranked 11th in Server Virtualization Software with 6 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 79 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.6, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "A stable solution that offers good control over hardware resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". IBM PowerVM is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Nutanix Acropolis, Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox. See our IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere report.
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Pros
The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.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 feature that I like most is the versatility.What I like about this solution, is that it is easy to configure.

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We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.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.The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.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.It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.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.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.

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The performance should be improved.The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.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.Any improvements that can be made in the interface will go a long way to helping us work better.The program has very limited solutions for the virtualization of containers

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Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.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.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.I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project.

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VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.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.The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.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 licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

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Overview
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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Sample Customers
Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, PneuhageAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company43%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company9%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer9%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider14%
Media Company8%
Government6%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise49%
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