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Robert Trasatti
Real User
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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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."… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the most important aspects would be support and durability, that they stand behind the product. I have been working with… more»
Ryan Marsyla
Real User
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… 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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Ryan Blace
Real User
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… more»

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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Regarding having used a different solution, that's a tough question to answer. Software defined data center means that there were things that were… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Ben Hinkle
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… 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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Matthew Koskela
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… more»

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
Security Engineer
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Automation. Using features like NSX. You can automatically create new networks, simplifies the process greatly.

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Sit down and work out what you want to do before you actually try and move your move to SDDC.
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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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