VMware vSphere Ease of Use

Do you find the solution to be simple and efficient to manage? If yes, which features enable this and can you provide any data points?

Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
It is simple to manage.
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IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the valuable features is the ease of migrating workloads from physical device to physical device for maintenance that we have to do on physical servers.
We can slide in new resources without any impact. We can do maintenance on our clusters without any impact to applications, and we have the flexibility of migrating those workloads to other data centers, when required, in the case of data center downtime.
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Network Administrator with 5,001-10,000 employees
With VMware, you may have to bring it down to make some changes, but then it's right back up again in a few minutes. It's a lot easier than if it was hardware.
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Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It's also simple and efficient to manage. It's a complex environment but it is one that we can get our staff trained on, it's not like a one-off environment.
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CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
One of the valuable features is ease of management.
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Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is simple and efficient to manage. It has brought ease of use to employees who are not at a senior level. It has been able to expose minimal tasks which can relieve some of my senior guys to do engineering tasks, as opposed to help desk, reboots, restarts, etc. We have been able to pass some of those tasks along.
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Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Being able to manage a lot of servers in one pane of glass makes things a lot simpler. Basically, a lot of things just happen in one area. You can roll things over, move things around more dynamically, without having to hit multiple systems. Being able to manage it, in its entirety, is easier and better for us.
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Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It's easy to use. For an admin who is just starting to use it, it doesn't matter, since it's generally widely used. This is a big advantage. Anybody can just come in and start using it from day one.
It's simple to use. I don't use it a lot, but I can get in and guide myself through the menus. That is what makes it intuitive and easy to use.
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IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I find the solution simple and efficient to manage. It is not rocket science. It is easy to install and maintain. I didn't need to read a lot of books. The solution is quite handy.
We have seen an improvement in uptime. The whole hardware lifecycle process is easier, which was previously a pain.
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Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's absolutely efficient and simple to manage in general. Set it up, configure it, then monitor, manage, and maintain. That's it. What makes it simple to manage is that we use a flavor of Auto Deploy, storage policies, among other features around policies, where they come online and their policies are in them. Everything conforms to a policy. It's pretty much set up for good.
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Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
It used to be an IT technician was assigned to a specific area, and that was what they worked on. They had 300 or 400 machines that they would have to run around to, to maintain them; re-image them every semester. Now, with the virtual environment, they are able to keep more up-to-date on their applications, on their Windows updates, and do it in the background. They are able to refresh entire labs within less than an hour, rather than sitting there all day or all week refreshing all of the labs.
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Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
The solution is simple and efficient to manage. With VMotion, I don't have to worry about resources. It can move things around. For example, I use Confluence and JIRA as part of our documentation to establish a process within the app.
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delete at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It's simple and efficient to use.
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Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
We find the solution simple and efficient to manage.
Virtualization has made it easier for us to manage our environment. We can manage it from location, the vSphere web client.
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Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It's extremely simple. Installing the ESXi is a piece of cake and then putting servers on there is really simple and having HA and building a cluster for our VM servers. It's very easy. It's also really simple to scale. Just add another server, add it to the cluster and you're done.
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Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The simplicity and efficiency in managing it has always been one big thing with the entire vSphere suite. It has been very straightforward if you're just using it from the user interface. Hitting the API has always been great, and they're continuing to grow that, which has been really good for us.
Especially if you are on things like Hyper-V or other products that I've touched, the simplicity and scalability of the vSphere product has been solid. For another individual who is in the IT or engineering field, I wouldn't go with anything else.
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Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the scalability and the ease of use. The latter makes it most efficient to use. It is very simple, very easy.
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Desktop Support Supervisor at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It is quick to learn, it's not overly complicated. You don't have to spend a lot of time learning about it, at least from the usability perspective, once it has been set up, of course. It's really easy to use, easy to set up, easy to find what you're looking for, easy to manage.
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Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the simplicity and ease of use for a small IT department like ours. It's simple and efficient to manage.
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Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
Once you start using it and you get your hands dirty with it, it's very intuitive. I find the menus make sense... Especially, in the new HTML5 Client with vSphere and vCenter, everything is pretty straightforward and easy to find and easy to use.
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Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
I also think it is very easy to manage. When it moved over to HTML5, bringing all those new features into the HTML5 interface, that improved it a lot. I don't know specific performance data points, but I would say it has helped tremendously in being able to stay in one interface and not having to manage multiple, different interfaces in connecting to it.
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Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
It is very simple to manage.
The new feature announced today with vSphere Update 1 inside vSan is impressive.
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Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
I do find vSphere simple and easy to manage. Most of the common tasks that you would do are very quickly available. One particular case that we go in all the time for is provisioning new servers. If you take that to the analogy of the physical world, that was something that, by the time you got it and you plugged it in and you stacked it, you did everything, you got the firmware up and going, you got the OS loaded and patched, you were easily in it for a day to two days, trying to prep up something that way. Just yesterday, I was sitting in a session (here at VMworld 2018) and I got a request for a brand new SQL Server for somebody and it was literally: right-click from template, new machine, here's its name, here's its IP address. Oh, by the way, tag it out as an SQL machine, and in 10 minutes the machine is up and running and is already installing SQL on its own, automatically.
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David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
It's inherently complex. Operating a large virtual infrastructure is not an easy task for anyone. That's why certifications, such as VCP exist, because you have to have the right skill set to operate the environment. As the product evolves and starts to take advantage of things, like DRS, workload placement becomes less of an issue for humans to worry about, because the system takes care of it for you. Of equal interest is SDRS, storage management and storage placement, as historically, it was one of the most challenging things to mange in a large production VMware environment. With SDRS, we've actually seen our need to babysit it and manage it as a human go way down.
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Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
As far as simplicity, it is the easiest solution, especially with the vCenter management tools... The ability to do it all, multiple data centers, multiple areas, from one centralized location, is huge. It's just gotten easier and easier.
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Jason Hong-Turney
Lead IT Systems Engineer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
The solution is also very simple and efficient to manage. Features that have made it simple and easy to manage include the newer VAMI for the V-center appliance, it's very easy to see what version we are at, and very easy to upgrade to the next version. The fact that we can now use VCHA at the appliance level just decreases our chance of having an outage, because so many of our customers rely on the API interface for V-center.
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Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is simple to manage. With VMware moving to HTML, it's really fast. We did a bit of version testing, and it's really fast and easy to use now.
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Stephen Parker
Systems Engineer at BYU Idaho
The solution is very simple to use and to manage. Updates are simple. The biggest feature that enables the ease of use is the fact that you can update via the web interface. With a couple of clicks, the update is done; no manual intervention, you just click Update and it automatically reboots the server for you and you're back up and going again.
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Stephen Krujelskis
Senior System Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
I definitely find vSphere to be simple and efficient to manage. A key feature that enables this is vCenter. It is super simple to stand up, and once you're in there, especially with the new HTML5 client, everything is easy to manage.
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Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
In terms of managing it, it's a lot simpler now with the vSphere HTML5 client. With the phase-out of the Flash client, which everyone doesn't like, it allows us as administrators to do our jobs far more efficiently than it did with the Flash client.
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Tony Reeves
Network Administrator
The way that I find vSphere simple and easy to manage is that the interface is all laid out for you. You've got various different views based on what you want to do in the UI. You have your Hosts and Clusters view, if you're doing something where you need to manage at the cluster level. You can manage at the host level in there. If you're doing something very VM-specific or on a vApp level, you can go into the VM and Templates view. It's very easy to scale and use what you need to use.
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Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
The biggest feature that everybody wanted was the HTML5 client. This has made everything native where you're able to surf through it. Going into our web page, you're no longer refreshing it. It feels more like an enterprise product now. With Adobe Flash, it didn't feel that way.
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Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
I find vSphere very simple and easy to manage. It has a very good GUI that you're able to use. Anybody can log in and start clicking around and figure out how to power on a VM, how to create a new VM. It's pretty streamlined for the most part.
As far as the ease of use goes, if you ever were in a situation where something was down, I feel like the logging in VMware makes it really easy to report what's going on. The logging is a really helpful feature. Also, some of the features built in, like vMotion - if you do have a server that's down - you can use something like vMotion to get it back up and running.
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Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
The best feature that we like is the Web Client. We just login and there is the data center. We don't have to walk to the data center everyday. We just open our laptops, log into our vCenter, and we have our full data store and data center ready.
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