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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 VMware for a long time now and had quite a bit of… 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at some Cisco products.
Consultant
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The virtual networking and being able to make changes on the fly without having to deal with physical cabling. Easy to use, easy to connect. It seems to be more simple than some of the other products out there.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced cost of manpower for running cabling, ability to put a lot more extra infrastructure and smaller form factors and less power.

What needs improvement?

Possibly iBGP. It is just not clear to me yet. I have had some talks with folks who are helping networks internally. But, my understanding is no one supports eBGP.

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

The company told me to. We have been using it ever since I've been here.

What other advice do I have?

You should really investigate VMware.
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Consultant
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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 the requirement; we just reach out to VM and come up… 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 like anything else in IT, something you must deal with… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had HPE in there but a lot of our hardware is HPE. So, we looked at just VM and HPE. The reason why we ended up choosing VM is the reputation in the industry; for the last twenty years, VM has been… more »
Consultant
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… 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… 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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 going to be asking us for. Learning this environment… 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 people looking to work with this? Who is looking to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix certainly is a big competitor. Also, SimpliVity is another big one of those competitors in terms of the software-defined and hyper-converged aspect of this environment. Whilst looking for a… more »
Vendor
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… 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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 in the datacenter that weren't software defined and… 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, you need to be looking at SDDC because it's just… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Definitely Nutanix for vSAN is on our shortlist. ACI and NSX, like everybody else. They're the only two players in this space.
Vendor
Technical Analyst 2
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The fact that we can troubleshoot is the most valuable feature. We can view the performance reports; we can also quickly build them using the templates and clone. The clone portion of it has a lot of things.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to scale down in the data center, we were able to scale down with the physical boxes to VMs. It also released space because we actually have the data center offsite that we spend money on such as power, etc. We were scaling… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the vSphere Client to have more options as opposed to the web client. I don't like using the web client and HTML. I don't like using that.

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

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… 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 improved drastically, especially with the new release… 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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 for a company with good technical backing, as company… 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 your homework, go through documentation, talk to the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Microsoft was the only other big one. Amazon Web Services is slightly different so I wouldn't put them in the same category, but they are playing in the same level right now.
Consultant
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… 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… 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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 administrator was, again, stability. VMware was far… 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 company about implementing this product, I'd ask them what… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, to be quite honest, at that point in time we had done proof of concepts but were swinging to VMware.
Consultant
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… 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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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." We go back probably to 3.5, so many years ago. We… 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 EMC for years, and they have always stood behind their… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we started with VMware very early. We're looking at Hyper-V, but it's just not where VMware is.
Vendor
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 6.0.

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, but just to have heard from the vendor, themselves, that's very important just because they are the experts on the subject.

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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