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AmrHafez
Real User
Pre-sales Consultant at Beta IT
Oct 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the SDDC Manager. It is the big difference between this product and its competitors. the VMware SDDC solution gives the IT admin fully control on the… more»

What needs improvement?

The main problem that we are facing with this solution is vSAN stability. Sometimes, the storage becomes unstable. It is not an issue with integration; rather, it seems to be within vSAN. It could be… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All of the customers can go to VMware Hands-on Labs online and test this solution before buying it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we worked manually. We would supply a hyper-converged infrastructure to our customers and then install a software-defined network. It is an SDDC, but there is no single… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

If you add virtualization to and HCI solution then VxRail is more stable than this solution. However, VxRail is more difficult to upgrade and patch because it is more complicated. When you install a… more»
EmanueleSparacino
Real User
IT Architect at Poste Italiane
Oct 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is integration because everything is available on a single pane of glass.

What needs improvement?

This is not yet a mature product. Initially, it is simple to use, but after some time in production, you've got problems. These are particularly related to the main design. The design phase is not easy. All of the stuff available on the website is not very carefully designed. We suffered for four months before obtaining the bug fix. I would like to see the process of building and setting up… more»

What other advice do I have?

You have to learn a lot before using this product, but once you learn it, there are a lot of advantages. The main problem is design, not implementation. When it comes to this type of solution, there are not very many people who are skilled in managing it. For example, I could say that in Italy we have four or five. I definitely recommend this product for others but, again, in some cases, there is… more»
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Hatim Ali
Real User
System Administrator at IMC
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

Using this solution will provide you with a lot of features for working with multiple VMware hosts.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of VMware hosts and this solution is needed for them. If you have more than two VMware hosts then you definitely need this solution to connect and manage them.

What needs improvement?

The most recent web-based interface has given us some problems. For example, if you delete a virtual machine or you delete storage then it takes a long time to refill it. In prior versions that were a client installed directly on the PC… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used another virtual environment prior to this solution, but it was not as stable. Stability is important because if you need to restart the server then it will restart all of the virtual machines inside it.

What other advice do I have?

It is hard to find things that this product needs. Whatever we have needed, we found it. We are completely satisfied with this product. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Solomon Adebamowo
Real User
Techincal Sales Manager at ENTAP TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is vSphere. This solution is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The virtualization has room for improvement. The Site Recorder Manager needs to be improved. We would like to have active-active replication. This solution is not efficient for small customers. Technical support could use some improvement.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other solutions in my time as a Sun engineer and as a Solaris engineer. For example, I have used Microsoft Azure, but I am more of a VMware kind of person.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very nice solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMware is the king among these types of solutions.
Real User
Technical Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the infrastructure as a service. Not all of our clients require the backup to the cloud, but the majority demand IaaS, or the migration from an on-premises solution to the cloud. For example… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The major benefits of this solution are stability and performance.

What needs improvement?

The next version of this solution should include more automation. There should be more visibility in the performance and the configuration. They are using vRealize Log Insight as the virtualized log platform, but this solution is not well… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also used Nutanix. There are some differences between VMware and Nutanix, where each has benefits and downsides. The advantage of this solution is stability.

What other advice do I have?

We are not using the latest version, and we plan on doing some upgrades. This is a solution that I recommend. It is really stable and rewarding. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Bunmi-Sadiq
Real User
IT Supervisor at WACT
Oct 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The ease of deploying virtual machines is the solution's most valuable feature. Moving virtual machines from one post to another is easy. Within minutes you can easily deploy your virtual machines and deploy your applications as well.

What needs improvement?

The automation of the solution needs improvement. We should be able to automate some processes.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution. It is one of the best in the market. It's very easy. They also offer knowledge right on their website, which is very helpful. If anyone has issues they can refer to the knowledge base for recommendations. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.
DenisDI SANTO
Real User
Senior System Engineer at Clinique Pasteur
Oct 16 2019

What do you think of VMware Software Defined Data Center?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to host all of the programs that we need. We have about four hundred VMs that we use for our applications. We have an on-premises deployment.

What is most valuable?

There are many features in this solution that are useful. It is difficult to point out any particular feature over another.

What needs improvement?

It would be an improvement to have more functionality with hardware products. For example, performing routine analytics on a hardware network would be useful because not many network switches can do it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is great.

What do I think about the

Mohamed Zein
Real User
Datacenter TeamLeader at Crystal Neworks Egypt
Nov 23 2019

What do you think of VMware Software Defined Data Center?

What is our primary use case?

My company is an integrator and we provide solutions such as VMware Software Defined Data Center for our customers. Our customers use this solution to implement their own data centers using virtualization. It can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. They deploy their network virtualization, cloud management, and then the provisioning is done automatically.

What is most valuable?

The documentation is very good.

What needs improvement?

The interface should be improved because when there are many alarms, it is difficult to figure out what the error is. I have had a lot of trouble implementing automation in cloud-based deployments. The problem lies in the third-party integration. It would be very valuable if they offered shareable data center…
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What is VMware Software Defined Data Center?

The VMware approach to the SDDC delivers a unified platform that supports any application and provides flexible control. The VMware architecture for the SDDC empowers companies to run hybrid clouds and to leverage unique capabilities to deliver key outcomes that enable efficiency, agility, and security. Enterprises using VMware technology have three ways to establish an SDDC and transition at their own pace: build their own using reference architectures; use a converged infrastructure; or use a hyper-converged infrastructure for which the full SDDC is delivered already implemented on the customer's hardware of choice.

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