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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VMware ESXi Questions

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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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ctsandersCheck out this comparison. This is not a complete comparison because it... more »
Wassim maatoug li?1414336928
wassim MAÂTOUGYou can have a look at Configuration Maximums sheets for both products. It is... more »
Dan gillman li?1414332427
Dan GillmanBoth are similar in features however if this is for ODA appliance then you... more »
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Jani nipala li?1414329891
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 »
Dan withrow li?1414336181
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 »
Anonymous avatar x30 9b84f7cf7b8e252123185ab3ccf62e1988e25e7cfbb00e1ffd48a52a5c4bc479
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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Heath LordFor pure ESXi, I recommend the HP blades with internal ssd for use with... more »

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HIPAA 5010 Claims Processing
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The implementation of a virtualised infrastructure in the organisation AUTO GAMES PLUS, a.s.
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Managed to complete a major PoC within a
Managed to complete a major PoC within a week's time using HP DP involving VMWare environment
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Managed a team to launched disaster Recovery solution
Managed a team to launched disaster recovery solution utilized VMware Site Recovery Manager.
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Backup and replication to DR site
Backup and replication to DR site
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Virtualization
Managed to create a fully rendundand virtualization system,
Managed to create a fully rendundant virtualization system, in a whole rack
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Virtualization
Openstack hybrid incorporating the best of Open Standards
Openstack hybrid incorporating the best of Open Standards and VMware
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Virtualization
Data Recovery (DR)
Data Recovery (DR)
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Virtualization
Implemented a Dual-Datacenter HP 3PAR Configuration
Implemented a dual-datacenter HP 3PAR configuration combined with VMware Metro Storage Cluster in one week
Martien korenblom li?1423086936
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Veeam Backup Implementation and Backup Configuration
Veeam Backup Implementation and Backup Configuration
Ashish malik li?1415025401
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Collaboration Solution using Lotus Domino Platform, IBM Cognos
Collaboration Solution using Lotus Domino Platform, IBM Cognos for Special Oil and Gas Projects
Arturo j garcia jmz li?1414339373
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Managed a Project to Virtualize Over 500 Servers
Managed a project to virtualize over 500 Servers and consolidate over 200 fileservers in time and budget
Edgar oswaldo alvarado valay li?1414335786

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