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The High Availability, and flexibility are what we've found to be important for us It's made us a lot more agile.
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Vmware always gives us the best support. They are friendly to talk to and they understand the real impact of what's happening. They are trying to get into the issue as one of your team. They also fit into your working hours to solve your issues.
The reporting is a fantastic tool. It's a great tool for generating reports on different things, and for historically looking at performance metrics to help solve performance problems in an application stack.
This solution is most definitely scalable. We've already gone back to the drawing board and specifically designed it from the ground up, to be scalable with the size of our environment moving forward.
We do not have any problems with the product. It solves our problems. We now know if something is on the console and if there really is a problem. Before this, we had a lot of false positives. It digs into the problems and then at the end it just drops it.
This solution has improved my organization by claiming back resources that have been wasted on applications or on servers that just didn't need them. Having a tool that shows that information on a pretty regular basis has been very helpful.
It is stable. I don't have any problems with this product and upgrades are very easy because it's just click two buttons and next, next, next, finish.
The most valuable feature would be the ability to plug into the data feeds that we have and pull information from physical hardware as well as the virtual layer. The best feature is the visualization of what's going on, so we can take a very quick look and see if there are any issues that stand out.
It has reduced the time it takes to troubleshoot issues. We have customers trying to pinpoint and isolate issues using vROps. The information it provides helps them to pinpoint the issue a lot faster and resolve anything a lot quicker as well. They have a lot less downtime.
We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.
The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.
It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).
Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.
The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.
The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast.
Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.
Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.
They can change the interface for the 6.7 vSphere that would make it more simple and more friendly. I think changing the interface of the operations manager would be good. It's friendly to use right now but it would simplify it more.
The whole interface is like an information overload, it just bombards me with messages, warnings, and alerts. When I follow through on the majority of these messages, I realize that I'm really just wasting time because they're not really real problems.
With our environment right now, stability is the one sticking point. There hasn't been a great deal of handholding in between the different versions, so we've run into problems with there being what I would call "more than just the average change between versions" and it's caused a loss of data for us in the past.
Technical support is good, once you pass the first level.
I know that they talk a lot about AI and a sort of forecasting ahead of time. It's a good application, but it has to wait for a certain period of time to actually do an analysis. If it would give you that ahead of time, or even forecasting, it would be really improved.
When you are at your lowest, support is pretty bad. They ask you dumb questions but when you come to second and upper service desk, it is much easier and much better to talk to and resolve the issue.
As they're able to add in more vendors for hardware to be able to pull information from different firewalls, switches, or other vendors, I would like to see where we can get more of a complete view of what's going on in the network. That would make this solution better.
The integration points can use improvement. We currently use a lot of third-party management packs to get insights for SQL, HP or Dell EMC. If we could have more integration built in as a standard feature that would make it slightly better.
Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.
Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.
I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.
Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.
We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently.
An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark.
We previously had a hard time using tech support.
I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.
Pricing and Cost Advice
We did an enterprise license agreement with our VMware partner and put this in our bundle. We tried it and loved it, so we use it now.
I have reduced the time to troubleshoot for my customers.
We would like to build custom dashboards in the standard license. Right now, this is available in the enterprise license, not the standard license.
We have seen good ROI results. It has made our lives easier.
Our budgets are always tight. We would like to have more features at lower licensing levels for easier access to them.
We have seen huge ROI. It has certainly reduced troubleshooting.
If the VMs were trimmed, then we wouldn't have to buy as much software/hardware, and this means less licenses. While most of it is VMware licenses, which are relatively cheap, there are SQL licenses for Microsoft, and this is where we could start saving a lot of money.
The solution has helped to reduce the time to troubleshoot issues.
The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.
VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.
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.
VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.
The pricing is a bit complex.
It is expensive. Other solutions on the market are free. We had to plan with VMware how many hosts that we needed in order to determine the price.
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|vCenter Operations Manager, VCOPS, vRealize Operations|
|Automate IT operations management, manage performance and gain visibility across physical and virtual infrastructure with VMware vCOps. It proactively identify and solve emerging issues with predictive analytics and smart alerts, ensuring optimum performance and availability of applications and infrastructures across vSphere, Hyper-V, Amazon and physical hardware.|
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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