VMware Software Defined Data Center Other Advice

Robert Trasatti
VIP of Infrastructure Engineering at MindSHIFT
When selecting a vendor, the most important aspects would be support and durability, that they stand behind the product. I have been working with EMC for years, and they have always stood behind their products. VMware does the same thing. They're owned by the same people, so that makes sense. Every software product and hardware product is going to have issues. I don't care who they are or how good they are. It's how they stand behind the product. When my sales engineers and sales guys come in and tell me this will do something, if there are some problems, the way they stand behind the product is really what makes a difference for me. If you're starting out and you're looking to go to a software defined data center, which is really the way of the future, then you have to look at all the aspects of what something like VMware offers. They cover from soup to nuts. So you can have one vendor, one management plane, one orchestration plane. I think that makes a big difference. I think that would be my big driver towards it, because it is going to probably cost you a little more than some other solutions. But I think the combination of all those things, the operational efficiencies, make up for the difference. If you've never dealt with it then I would get your people trained. That's a good starter. And you could certainly bring in VMware's professional services to help you start out if you don't have any expertise at this point. It's probably the best way to get started. Get your people trained, and bring in some professional services to help you get started because they have packs to help you get started with things. View full review »
Ryan Marsyla
Project Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I don't think everything is perfect about it. But it's very simple, very easy to use, it's very straightforward. As far as advice to another company about implementing this product, I'd ask them what rock they've been hiding under. Learn exactly what you need to be able to do and accomplish from a virtualization standpoint, and just research the pros and the cons of doing this kind of thing. You've got plenty of information online to help out. Also, reach out, there's all kinds of companies and solutions. View full review »
Ryan Blace
Architect at Farmers insurance
The most important thing to look for in selecting a vendor is total cost of ownership. As for advice, you probably are already, but if your aren't, you need to be looking at SDDC because it's just such an easier, faster, safer, cheaper way of deploying a datacenter. View full review »
Ben Hinkle
Solutions architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's important that you understand who you will consider being the gold standard or the trusted partner in this whole ecosystem. Who are the other people looking to work with this? Who is looking to rule the environment? Who is leading the charge? These are important questions to consider. View full review »
Network Solution Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Talk to the sales team, have them come and bring their team out, go through what the requirements are and they'll come up with a solution. Just like anything else in IT, something you must deal with is the limitation. That's why you must have your requirements before you come up with a solution. You have to talk, get all the requirements that you need and you can find your expansion plan so that your requirements don't outgrow your solution. View full review »
Senior VMware Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
I personally like to do a proof of concept, build it out, play with the product. That's how I would suggest a colleague evaluate a new product. Do your homework, go through documentation, talk to the support engineers, sales support, pre-sales support, and just to get a good feel for what is involved. Again, doing a proof of concept helps in figuring out those issues which may come up in production. View full review »
Matthew Koskela
Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
When looking at vendors, I would say that we wouldn't be working with VMware if they weren't the industry leader in virtualization. So, reputation for one. With that comes service. We have different consulting groups that work with our company, but just to have heard from the vendor, themselves, that's very important just because they are the experts on the subject. View full review »
Security Engineer
Sit down and work out what you want to do before you actually try and move your move to SDDC. View full review »
Technical Analyst 2
It's a great product. I like it and we've been using it for years. Once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy it. It's fun to learn. Do your homework. Make sure that it's going to work for your environment. We were trying to decrease our hardware and were finding the easy way to do so. Thus, it just depends on what it is that you are looking to do in your environment and what is the best option to choose. Once you do your research, you can talk to people who have already implemented it and go from there. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
You should really investigate VMware. View full review »
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