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VIP of Infrastructure Engineering at MindSHIFT
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Reliability, cost effectiveness, integration.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to deploy faster, more scalable. We get far more use out of the hardware we buy in our datacenters, reducing electrical costs. We own our own datacenters, so electric cost is a big priority, as is space. The more space we can... more»

What needs improvement?

I can't keep up with what they're releasing now, to be honest. Certainly, some of the new things they announced recently, like being able to get better intellect about the virtual machines. That's always been a challenge. vRealize Operations... more»
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Project Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the constant expansion of virtualization of all things in the datacenter, networking, storage. Overall it's the simplicity, they make things very, very simple and the most complex aspects of a datacenter are... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's battle tested, it's cool. I would say in a lot of cases, bulletproof. It's very simple to use, it's very easy to understand, it's easy to set up and initialize and get going, and it actually provides the enterprise class performance... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see something that stands out. Every year we see new products coming out from VMware and they keep packaging more and more in the software defined data center. But I would like to see something that is very much like how it... more»
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Architect at Farmers insurance
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the best way to think of it is, all the reasons why virtualization is so important to compute, SDDC gives to things like network and storage.

How has it helped my organization?

Things that used to take a real long time to do with compute are much faster with virtualization. Now it's the same thing with storage and network because you don't have to worry about any physical hardware. You need additional load balancing... more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest operational change I'd like to see them do with vSAN is to change the actual underlying way the storage is done, so that every node and every disc in the cluster equally participates in all reads and writes. It isn't set up that... more»
Real User
Solutions architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to automate both provisioning of the environment that you're trying to create as well as operationalizing some of the pieces they happen throughout the day is the most valuable feature. It is important because if you are in an... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It improves this whole process because you are no longer locked into solutions that the hardware provides. In other words, you're able to scale things a lot more easily and are able to define things a little more from a fluid type of... more»

What needs improvement?

There are still a lot of pieces that they're working through bugs because it's a new technology. There are things that need to be flushed out to allow customers to be able to troubleshoot the environment a little more easily, so certainly... more»
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Network Solution Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

VLAN and virtualization are the most valuable features. It is cost saving and effective with the government's money.

How has it helped my organization?

We can scale to the needs of the customer and find them solutions that ten years ago would cost them double the price.

What needs improvement?

Maybe, by just incorporating encryption and making it cheaper are some of the improvements needed. Right now, encryption is still expensive and then encryption is a requirement for DoD, so maybe if encryption got easier and cheaper it would... more»
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Senior VMware Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

It helps me virtualize my environment. The software stack's been out there for over 10-plus years. It's a very solid stack. The feature sets have improved drastically, especially with the new release. Since they are running the same software... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It cuts down the sprawl of the environment. Helps use fewer tools to manage the environment.

What needs improvement?

Maturity of the features they've released just now. What they've released now has a lot of potential, but it's in the very early stages. Again, that consistent feature set across on-prem and cloud, that's what I would look for.
Real User
Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

It's really valuable because we're expanding our server environment constantly and it helps us manage that effectively. Because we're a company with well over 10,000 employees and offices in over 50 countries, we need a central location for us to manage all of our servers and all of our ESX nodes. It's a great avenue to integrate everything together.

What needs improvement?

Upgrading from previous versions is tricky, especially when you have an environment that spans over five operating systems, and we're using various types of hardware. So a streamlined updating process would be better than what we're currently doing, which is piece by piece rolling out the updates fairly slowly over the course of a couple years, going from 5.5 to... more»
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Security Engineer
Sep 27 2017

What do you think of VMware Software Defined Data Center?

Valuable Features Automation. Using features like NSX. You can automatically create new networks, simplifies the process greatly. • Improvements to My Organization I think it's less user intensive to set up new bits of the network now that we are using SDDC net features. • Room for Improvement I hadn't given that much thought. A lower price. It's a fairly polished solution, but there are some things that are a bit clunky still. • Use of Solution Two years. • Stability Issues Seems stable so far, we've been using it for a couple of years. We have had problems, but that's probably more down to the user than the products. • Scalability Issues It scales very easily. You can just add more racks of compute and expand sideways mostly. • Customer Service and...
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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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