VMware vSphere Other Solutions Considered

Bunmi Sadiq
‎IT Supervisor at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
Even if I decide to use a product, I cannot deploy it because my superiors have to determine the policy. Those superiors are not here locally. They are in Europe. We don't use Veeam here, though I've used it at some point. Right now we don't use it in our production environment. We currently use HP Data Protector. We evaluated other options like Salesforce and Microsoft Active Directory, which we only tested for production. The policies were on central management, so we only tested these solutions with our time. The applications we used were effective only when activated. View full review »
Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
We did take a look at Microsoft's Hyper-V platform. The city's always had a philosophy of, "Just because we've always used something doesn't mean that that's always going to be the right way to continue to go forward." So we did take a look at the Hyper-V Server 2016 type stuff. But honestly, in my opinion, it's not there yet. VMware was still the superior choice for the hypervisor. View full review »
Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've been with them for so long, I never looked to much else. I've always been happy with vSphere and seeing what they've done for VMware itself. Intel products weren't really there, and I still don't feel they're there. I've really enjoyed the Dell partnership because I do Dell on the back-end. The hand-holding between Dell and VMware works relatively well, with their hardware control lists and being sure they stay compatible for long periods of time, without having to spend money on new hardware. You can stay in your swim lane. That partnership is really a key to success. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
We did take a look at Hyper-V, we considered KVM, but it really came down to Hyper-V and VMware and, in the end, because of VMware's market share, it became a no-brainer solution for us. We went that way. Once our management made that decision, I was able to push and show them all the features and the abilities that they were unaware of at the time they made their choice, to really enhance what we were doing. View full review »
Reviewer3064
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
In my previous organization, we used Hyper-V for over eight years. View full review »
SeniorMa0f8b
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We evaluated Hyper-V four or five years ago. They weren't as fast to develop technologies or even adopting the technology. There were some tools missing. Also, they were less innovative than VMware. Now, I think Microsoft has caught up a bit. However, it seems that VMware is putting a lot more R&D money into the product. So, we've been happy. We haven't had a need to leave. View full review »
Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
There wasn't a short list. It was the only solution. It's the only thing that made financial sense as far as being able to do what we needed it to do. Nobody out there had it. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Some of our customers use Hyper-V because it is much cheaper (free). I've seen it and it has the features. It does its job if there's a problem to solve for a small company. However, if you're going to grow, I am not totally impressed with it. There's no support. I didn't see any add-on development features in the pipeline. View full review »
Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
When we were looking at vSphere, we did look at some of the competitors. Of course, we looked at Microsoft Hyper-V because we're a Microsoft partner as well. However, it lacked a lot of the things that vSphere had. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Five years ago, we planned to move from a physical to virtualization environment. We evaluated a lot of other hypervisors, did some PoCs, etc. We decided on VMware. For the past six to seven years, it's been a big journey. View full review »
Rene Van Den Beden
Chief Architect at RoundTower Technologies
Nutanix AHV, Hyper-V is commonly on the list, and Red Hat KVM is the other one. View full review »
ITAnalysac7f
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We are currently using VMware and Hyper-V. Our shortlist consisted of KVM, Hyper-V, and VMware. We went with VMware back then because of its reporting, it was market leader, it has good support, and the price was previously fair. View full review »
Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
When we started with VMware, we also tried Citrix XenServer. We considered them as well as Red Hat's platform. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
For our initial look into vSphere versus others, we started with Cisco's version of virtualization. It was cool. It was free. But it was a pain. It didn't scale. When I started looking at the software we wanted to run on it, nobody supported it. That made the decision. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
I am using many solutions: IBM PowerVM, Hyper-V, Acropolis, and VMware. VMware is the most natural product on the market at the moment, especially in virtualization. The other products are quite good too. I am not saying you can use them, because you can. They are stable now. However, with VMware, you receive more feature than with the others. View full review »
Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
Nobody else was on our short-list. Hyper-V had come up because another IT office in our agency does use Hyper-V, but for mission-critical applications that are powering an operation, my opinion was "vSphere-only" and my manager's opinion matched mine. So there really was no other option, it was just vSphere. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Before I started with VMware, I did not have any other vendors on my shortlist. View full review »
Carlos Filipe Quintas
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
All in the market. Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM, PowerVM, etc. View full review »
John_Jones
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
We evaluated Cisco and Dell. We have been moving more towards Cisco's computing. We did evaluate Micro-Tech for switching since they have cheap switches. View full review »
ITInfras287c
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
At the time, Hyper-V was putting its foot in the water and Citrix was another competitor. But VMware just seemed to be a little more on - I don't want to say on the cutting edge - but they were the leader in the space at the time so we decided to evaluate them. The evaluation went fantastically so we decided to choose them as our vendor. View full review »
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Sr. Operations Engineer at Kamstrup
When we initially chose vSphere, there weren't any other products, so it was simple to select the direction we were going in. View full review »
Director8504
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
At that time, VMware was an innovator in this technology so it was a question of learning more about what they offered and taking advantage of it. View full review »
BrianGibson
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Yes we looked at Xen server, but we had issues with VM stability. This was over 8 years ago though so obviously that isn't likely the same anymore. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
No other options were evaluated as VMware has been the primary hypervisor since I have been with my company. View full review »
Valeriu Iordachi
Deputy Director at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Before choosing this product, we compared it with Mic. View full review »
Raffaello Poltronieri
Cloud Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
When we chose VMware, of course we checked other vendors like Microsoft because it's present everywhere; even the open-source KVM. But we decided Microsoft wasn't at an enterprise stage and the open-source one was nice to use but, since there was no support, it wasn't suitable to offer to our customers. We didn't have any doubt choosing VMware. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We looked at Citrix and we looked at Azure. View full review »
DpsaIii8dbb
DPSA III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
We did evaluate other hardware options such as a hyper-converged solution (Nutanix, Simplivity, HP) and better storage options (Nimble, Tegile, etc). We also evaluated other software options such as Hyper-V. Our current solution met the needs of our users and the price was very reasonable. View full review »
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delete at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Hyper-V sucks, some of the other stuff isn't good. Cloud solutions are too expensive, if you're actually going to use them. We did a side-by-side comparison of Hyper-V and VMware and VMware was substantially better for performance and usability. View full review »
it_user515508
User at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
I fell into VMware. I so far like the marriage. View full review »
NetworkA3fbb
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
We did not look at anything else. We just looked at VMware. View full review »
ReviewerH635
Network Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
We considered Hyper-V, but decided to go with VMware since there are certain applications which run better on VMware. View full review »
ProjectLeader892
Project Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We have migrated from the previous version without evaluating other products. For our development environment, we are evaluating whether or not to migrate to a product without license costs. View full review »
Ajay Dand
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Another solution in the same sphere is Hyper-V, which is quite good in terms of basic plain virtualization software. However, vSphere offers a scaled-up version. View full review »
Researcher952
Researcher and Professor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Hyper-V * Oracle VM View full review »
SystemAd3999
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We abandoned one vendor and looked at two others but I can't name them. We dealt with one vendor for five years and we bailed as quickly as possible. View full review »
ITInfras39c9
IT Infrastructure Team Lead / Project Lead IT at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not evaluate other solutions, it was the only leading product in 2007. View full review »
Mike Yocum
IT Systems Administrator II at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
No other options were evaluated. View full review »
Chris Ramos
Technical Education Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We evaluated the Oracle VM solution. View full review »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
I also evaluated the Microsoft solution. View full review »
SystemD51791
System Developer/Engineer with 51-200 employees
vSphere is fantastic but the reason I'm doing research is that I deal with different vendors, they use different technology, they use Red Hat KVM. The other one is using Hyper-V, so that's why I want to do some research. vSphere is the most popular virtualization technology worldwide. Ninety percent of the world uses vSphere. View full review »
Svein Johansen
Professional ICT at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
About two years ago I tried XenServer, but it stopped because I tried to use Veeam's software which wasn't compatible with XenServer. So I chose VMware. View full review »
Sandy Aitken
VP Cloud Business at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I looked at native AWS as an option. My preference is Oracle VM versus this solution. View full review »
it_user499017
Lead System Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
vCenter is the only way to manage vSphere. If we speak about enterprise virtualization infrastructure, there are no special preferences. View full review »
Mats Hagberg Olsson
System Design Specialist at Castra AB
The other options that we considered were Cisco, Dell EMC, and Nutanix. View full review »

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