VMware Software Defined Data Center Previous Solutions

Robert Trasatti
VIP of Infrastructure Engineering at MindSHIFT
We've been using VMware for years. I don't think that it was an actual decision. It was more along the lines of, "Wow this is a cool new product." We go back probably to 3.5, so many years ago. We really did it as most people start out, some management machines, some noncritical workloads, and started to implement it that way, and then realized the value and started to expand to the more critical workload. So I don't know that it was this awakening that said, "We have to go in this direction." It just kind of morphed, saying, "Hey this is cool, let's try it out on some management. Wow this really works nice," and then started to expand on that, and now we're almost probably 95% virtualized. View full review »
Ryan Marsyla
Project Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Given our previous experience with KVM and, say, Citrix hypervisors, honestly the reason that our company moved away from them back when I was an administrator was, again, stability. VMware was far more easy for us to use, implement. We got a whole lot more return on investment from virtualizing our workloads, and we're talking about a time when we were probably 40% virtual and 60% physical. Running and implementing VMware got us to 80% virtualization versus 20% physical. View full review »
Ryan Blace
Architect at Farmers insurance
Regarding having used a different solution, that's a tough question to answer. Software defined data center means that there were things that were in the datacenter that weren't software defined and now they are. So I guess we were using other stuff before. But, it wasn't software defined. The switch is a business conversation, usually around cost avoidance or, potentially, return on investment. It's typically cheaper to do things in software than in hardware and that's the direction we're going. The main reason we chose VMware is it's very attractive for us, particularly for a VxRail solution from EMC, that every single piece of hardware and software is made by the same company. So there are no inner operability issues. There's no cat and mouse, there's no one trying to play catch-up. As soon as VMware comes out with a new whatever, EMC has it and it works and it's tested. View full review »
Ben Hinkle
Solutions architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Since I'm a partner, my customers are always looking for newer technologies; so for us, it's about trying to stay ahead of what our customers are going to be asking us for. Learning this environment, building and growing it to show-off to the customers, and then also, to be that trusted advisor to the customer when it comes time to get a new one are crucial. View full review »
Network Solution Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The DoD requirements, more than everything else, is what drives us to come up with a solution for them so they give us what they want in terms of the requirement; we just reach out to VM and come up with a solution for them. We were not using another solution before. VM is pretty much the-go-to for anything in the department of defense. View full review »
Senior VMware Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
There is a lot of need for saving real estate cost and cooling, and those kinds of things. This software really helps with that. I generally look for a company with good technical backing, as company which is constantly refining the product to make it better for the customers. We chose VMware for the value, and for what we were doing, it was the simplest, most efficient way of deploying the services. View full review »
Security Engineer
No. You're always creating, to try to simplify and automate things to make it less user intensive, to make changes to the network. We've used VMware for a long time now and had quite a bit of confidence in their products so that contributed towards the reason we chose VMware. View full review »
Technical Analyst 2
We were looking for ways to improve our environment and how we could reduce in the hardware environment and then, still have the same support that we needed for our users. That is how we decided to go for this solution. Support factor is big for me while choosing a vendor. However, for the CEO or the director, it would be the cost. View full review »
Aurelio Rodas
‎IT Specialist at Softshop s.a
We looked at other solutions, but we found this to be the strongest solution. The other products in the same category include Amazon, Azure, and Google, but they do not have the same features and the same "open solution" policy. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The company told me to. We have been using it ever since I've been here. View full review »
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