What is VMware ESXi?
Overview

VMware ESXi is VMware's most recent Hypervisor architecture. This new and improved product has the same key functionality and performance capabilities as its predecessor but with some major improvements, specifically its ultra-thin architecture and small footprint. Another key benefit of VMware ESXi is that, with its automated configurations and menu-driven startup, it is simple to deploy and manage. Your VMware ESXi virtualization solution can be up and running in a matter of minutes.

VMware ESXi is even more secure, stable and reliable than the previous version, ESX, and many competitors because it has a small code base, which means less code to patch and a smaller surface to be 'attacked'

With VMWare ESXi, organizations can virtualize their servers and centralize their applications, with less hardware required. Being OS-independent, VMware ESXi supports Windows and Linux operating systems.

Also known as
VMware ESX
Sample customers

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Amway, Barnes Banking Company, Insurance.com, Opus Interactive, and Oxford University.

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161,911 professionals have used our research on 5,093 solutions.
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Find out what your peers are saying about VMware ESXi and others in Server Virtualization Software.
161,911 professionals have used our research on 5,093 solutions.
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161,911 professionals have used our research on 5,093 solutions.
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VMware ESXi Questions

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ctsandersCheck out this comparison. This is not a complete comparison because it... more »
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wassim MAÂTOUGYou can have a look at Configuration Maximums sheets for both products. It is... more »
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Dan GillmanBoth are similar in features however if this is for ODA appliance then you... more »
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CHARBEL NEMNOM, PMP®Well Hyper-V Vs. VMware, the giant hypervisor in the market. Both are good,... more »
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Daniel ZeldisHaving worked with bot Hyper-V and VMware, I think comparing on features is... more »
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Christina Phillips, MBAI have used VMWare since version 1.0 when it ran on top of Windows, Hyper-V... more »
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Jani NipalaMaybe you should ask this from Gartner directly ;=) - but yes agree. It is... more »
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Laura DiDioVMware has a well earned and well deserved reputation as a leader in the... more »
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Dan WithrowVMWare is the grandfather of virtualization. Everyone has tried everything... more »
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Laura DiDioThere is no doubt that VMware ESXi is a top notch product in terms of leading... more »
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Sven JohansenCan Raj10101 actually qualify what he's saying first? Please show me some... more »
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Peter GibsonHi, My main experience with virtualisation has been VMware... more »
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reviewer94827Sure, at a high level: VMware products allow you to set up multiple virtual... more »
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Jeffrey B. SmithIn short, there are so many options with each company that it is hard to... more »
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Dan WithrowAdding to Howard's points, you can virtualize NetScaler as well. It is now... more »
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Tim GoeddeWay too many unanswered questions. How many guests will there be? How much... more »
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ctsandersThen I have a question for you before we start answering that question: Do... more »
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Heath LordFor pure ESXi, I recommend the HP blades with internal ssd for use with... more »

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