VMware vSphere Competitors and Alternatives

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Werner-Schonborn
Real User
Product Specialist at Schoemans Offcie Systems (Pty) Ltd
Oct 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the ease-of-use. With the GUI, it is easy to set up things and configure new things intuitively. It is a very good interface. VirtualBox is not as feature-rich as VMware, but the GUI from VirtualBox more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has contributed to the flexibility that we have running our network.

What needs improvement?

We are currently on version 5.1.38 but we are definitely going to upgrade to version 6. Some of what I would like to see in the future may already be in that release. For me, it would be great to have a function where I can teleport from… more»

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

The product is absolutely free to use.

What other advice do I have?

The VirtualBox solution is an absolute gem of a product. I definitely recommend this product to other people because it's super stable and easy to install and use. The only thing you need to ensure on your server is that you have sufficient… more»
Syed FasihUr Rahman
Reseller
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The interface is very good, and quite user-friendly. You can learn how to use this solution in three to five days. They have lots of easy ways to provision VMs with just… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has very good feedback from our customers in terms of the benefits that it provides. They have lots of automation and orchestration policies and procedures… more»

What needs improvement?

At the application level, if you wanted to change your hypervisor from VMware or another to AHV then there is a limitation in that you need to redeploy the whole… more»

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

The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is no licensing fee. This means that if you don't have any virtual environment in your organization and wanted to… more»

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

In addition to this solution, I am using EMC VxRail, Hitachi HCP, and occasionally NetApp. I would rate the Nutanix solution as the top one. My second choice is the Dell… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the number one hyper-converged solution in the market. No doubt about it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix is the only player in the market who is actually providing you with the hyper-converged infrastructure. You can either choose their own AHV hypervisor, or you can… more»
MahdiBahmani
Real User
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Oct 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before. The performance of this solution is great.

What needs improvement?

This solution is lacking in features such as management and integration. * This solution needs better integration with desktop virtualization. * Better integration with storage solutions is needed. * Business continuity features need to be… more»

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

I have used XenServer and VMware, and the performance of KVM is better than these. When it comes to management, integration, business continuity, and live migration, KVM is lacking features and VMware is better in this area.

What other advice do I have?

I have been using this solution since before it was owned by Red Hat, when it was community-based. It is easier to manage than ever before because you used to have to use the command-line interface, instead of the GUI. I do not recommend… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluate options such as XenServer, VMware, and KVM every six months in order to choose the best product for my customers.
Ivar Andreassen
Real User
General Manager at Elogic
Oct 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to install. It can run on a lot of different types of hardware. Creating virtual machines with it is really easy.

What needs improvement?

The backup solution is a little bit slow and sometimes sluggish on the restore side. It takes a little bit of time, but that could also be the fault of the hardware. We had some challenges with management including volume and storage management. Setting it up properly and making it work… more»

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

We previously used VMware. We switched mostly due to the cost, but also the scalability, and usability of Proxmox.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. Apart from a few small issues, everything works well in comparison to VMware. I would select Proxmox any day. The solution itself is really good. The solution should definitely keep supporting the community, and always have a community edition because people… more»
Real User
User
Nov 20 2018

How has it helped my organization?

We can perform maintenance on equipment during the day because we can live migrate all of the machines from server A to server B, and then work on server A. This saves us a lot of time. It used to require working after hours for us to do… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the management tools have room for improvement.

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

Microsoft should have not required a data center license for the new feature of Storage Spaces Direct. There is a new feature that comes with Hyper-V called "Storage Spaces Direct" What that storage does, it allows you to use the storage in… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would like to see deduplication and compression in a future roll-out of the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do also use VMware vSphere. But, we use Hyper-V more. Some people have different desires. Some people want a Lexus, and other people are happy with a Honda. Both are great cars, but one is a lot more expensive.
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