Bhupesh AroraPresales Manager at Integra Micro Software Services, Bangalore
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"One of the most valuable features of this solution is the popularity of the OS."
"The solution is a great all-round product. The virtualization is especially good."
"Red Hat is the most stable system."
"Technically, the main reason why I'm using Red Hat is because of its stability."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support portal."
"Stability and speed are the most valuable aspects."
"The price is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's much cheaper than, for example, VMware."
"The solution makes migration easy."
"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."
"It would be better to have more patches, especially kernel-level updates, live and online so that we can keep the business up and running during this period."
"The solution could use network virtualization."
"The Administration of the Oracle database and the SAP ERP needs improvement."
"I heard that there are big differences between Red Hat eight and seven, but it's still quite difficult for me to judge it. I found it a bit more difficult to manage than version seven, which was much easier. In term of features, though, it is still not yet clear which is better. I have no clear idea of which features need to be changed at the moment."
"Configuring the network interfaces is much better in Ubuntu and should be improved."
"It lags behind in that you need to go to something like Fedora to get all the extra bells and whistles."
"In comparison to VMware, this solution isn't as stable. We're testing it right now, and we're not trusting the stability of the product."
"The support is tricky in a few places. We're facing some challenges within Malaysia where we don't really have the system integrators available who can provide extended support. When we need personnel on-site, we can't get them."
"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."
"This is an open-source solution."
"I would say the price is acceptable."
"We are using the free version of Red Hat."
"I believe we pay on a yearly basis."
"We buy a license for commercial use, and we also use the free editions."
"We have to pay extra for vulnerability and fault tolerance."
"The solution does not require licencing but a subscription is necessary, which is very affordable."
"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."
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, or RHEV, is a leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution. This solution supports virtualization of servers and desktops using the same infrastructure and a single easy-to-use interface.
Because RHEV is based on open standards, it is vendor-independent and a lot more cost effective and flexible than proprietary solutions.
VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.
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RHEV is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 16 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 80 reviews. RHEV is rated 8.2, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of RHEV writes "The versatility and compatability of this virtualization solution are marred by the lack of availability of local support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". RHEV is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM, Hyper-V and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vRealize Operations (vROps). See our RHEV vs. VMware vSphere report.
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