VMware vSphere Competitors and Alternatives

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Kevin Heron
Technical Operations Manager at Ocient, Inc.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 16, 2020
Rivaling the stiffest and competition in its category this solution suffers only from being young

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as our virtualization platform. It is a hypervisor that we use for our virtual needs to run servers.

Pros and Cons

  • "That the product is free and still has all the features you expect is a huge benefit."
  • "The setup is very easy."
  • "The product is still a little young so it is maturing, but new features are coming out all the time."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people considering the product is that they have nothing to lose. Run it in a development lab, make sure they are comfortable with it, and make sure that the application that their company runs can support that hypervisor. It should. Then deploy Proxmox and start saving money. I have been encouraging former colleagues of mine that are VMware users to start using Proxmox. I suggest they throw it in their development lab and spin it up and start building systems just so they can see the absolute benefits of this product and really enjoy the fact that they can have it as a solution…
Werner-Schonborn
Product Specialist at Schoemans Offcie Systems (Pty) Ltd
Real User
Oct 20, 2019
Fast, very easy to use, and is rock-solid stable

What is our primary use case?

We use VirtualBox for running our ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and a host of websites. The underlying operating system is Solaris, which we run on VirtualBox virtualized, and it is running exceptionally well. Then I run VirtualBox as a hypervisor and use Windows (when necessary) and Linux. I run a whole host of websites on Linux virtualized using VirtualBox and we also run our ERP — Xpert ERP — on VirtualBox.

Pros and Cons

  • "This product is extremely easy to install, use, has a great GUI and is incredibly stable."
  • "It could improve slightly with enhanced reporting capabilities that show the current status of the network."

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 hardware resources to accomplish what you want to do and that you supply the server with clean power. The server needs to be running all the time or you will have problems. If you put the box on a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), you are all set. I choose to run the product on-premises all the time for our deployment and also for deployments to my…
Syed FasihUr Rahman
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Oct 17, 2019
User-friendly interface and no licensing fees, but technical support needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integration company and we sell hyper-converged infrastructure as the new model data center technology. This is one of the solutions that we provide to our customers. This solution can be deployed on-premises or in a cloud-based environment, but the majority of deployments are on-premises.

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is very good, and quite user-friendly."
  • "The technical support for this solution needs to be improved in terms of response time."

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.
reviewer1291263
IT Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jul 28, 2020
Stable, with good resource management, but needs to allow more access to documentation

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used for server virtualization. We have opportunities that we want to learn from. For our customers, we recommend this product. We have Oracle databases or Oracle, Linux, or Red Hat Linux to run it on a virtual machine, and Oracle VM fits perfectly into that.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable aspect of the solution is the resource management from the OVM Manager."
  • "You need to have a model for documentation available for the users. Right now, if you have to search for some troubleshooting, you need to have Oracle login. Many personnel might not have that login. The reach, the availability of information to the end-user, is not there."

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Oracle. We're consultants. My advice to other potential users is this: nothing is better than planning. It's much in a better way to start a project. That way, you understand how much it is that you need to have or how many servers you require. It seldom matters when you deploy in the virtual environment. You need to be very hands-on in Linux environments. I come from a Windows background. I am not a Linux user, for the most part. That said, fo this project, I learned Linux. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
MahdiBahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 23, 2019
Good performance, but better management features and integration are needed

What is our primary use case?

We are a consulting company and I work with a lot of solutions to compare them and find out which ones are good for my customers. The primary use case for this solution is virtualization. I use this solution in on-premises data centers.

Pros and Cons

  • "The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before."
  • "Business continuity features need to be added."

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 this product for those looking for a stable and scalable virtualization solution because they will ultimately have problems in their data center. Just two weeks ago, I helped a friend of mine to migrate from KVM to VMware. I think that if Red Hat worked on some business continuity features and add them to KVM then it would receive a better grade and be a more…
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