VMware vSphere Previous Solutions

IT Supervisor at WACT
We didn't use anyone before we procured VMware. Before we procured the product, we didn't use any other advisor. We were using HP hardware and servers. For the implementation period prior to 2015, we first implemented on-premise attached solutions. Prior to that time, all our applications were stand-alone IDS servers. View full review »
Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
I don't think we were using anything before vSphere. I think we led off with it. My partner was thinking for a time about Microsoft, but he decided that Hyper-V wasn't for us and we went with VMware, and we haven't regretted it a day since. View full review »
Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The backup solution we were using at the time was Dell's version of IBM's Tape Library with Symantec Backup Exec. We were doing tape backups at the file level, not really any virtual snaps, so incrementals every day, fulls on the weekends. As data gets bigger it's harder and harder to back up and that's where virtualization comes in, because you can start doing analysis on data changes and deltas a little bit better. Tracking and things that are tied into VMware assist digital backup solutions to be faster, more resilient, and have less downtime in a restore situation. View full review »
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Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We've always been using vSphere from the beginning, starting with 5.5. We actually worked with William Lam from VMware on getting ESXi working on Minis at that point in time. It's been a wonderful relationship since then. One big thing that I know a lot of people talk about, when looking at why go with vSphere, is the ecosystem. You have other products that were built solidly to work with the vSphere product and the integration is always completely solid. The continuous development on the vSphere product and all the other products in the ecosystem, and the community, also play a part. There's pretty much nothing that I have run into where I say, "Hey, I want to do something outside of what vSphere does," and there hasn't been somebody within the community who has been able to say, "Oh yeah, I got that running, it is really easy, this is how you do it." That's not something I have seen in any of the other ecosystems. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
We were previously using standalone servers. Once I came on board and I started talking to them about the features, we made the decision to virtualize some of our more urgent applications. We did it and everything has been running really great since. As a result, we are bringing more and more in, to the point where those standalone servers are basically sitting idle on a shelf now. View full review »
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have prior use knowledge of Hyper-V. First, it did not have this automatic scalable capability which are scored to move across from one specific hardware to another without impacting any downtime. And secondly, it did not have a lot of automatic configuration capabilities, based on the utilization of the specific hardware it could re-balance what goes around on top of it. So these two are they key features that I feel were lacking at that point in time and it's hard to use another feature that I feared was lacking. In addition, it relied a lot upon the physical machine. View full review »
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
When I first came on board, they had a very small implementation of Citrix. The servers at that time would cost 20K per application. They didn't allow us to centrally manage any systems. There would be a hodgepodge of vendors and versions of hardware. Therefore, it was a more difficult to track. When I came on board, we were maybe 20 to 30 percent virtualized. Since then, we're probably 99 percent virtualized. This did reduce staffing costs. The APIs and plugins are important. We used to use NetApp. We use now InfiniteApp and Compellent. Having these types of plugins and using their APIs in the storage subsystems, allows general admins to provision storage easily, as opposed to being a storage admin. It has alleviated having to have five to 10 storage admins. We consolidated to one or two storage admins, while having the others be able to provision their own storage. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
The previous development team at my company used Workstation. When I joined the company, I didn't like the product. So as soon as I joined, I transformed our entire infrastructure to vSphere along with vCenter. This made things easier with our directory and for other users in the company to deploy and perform their own VM development. Managing users has become more streamlined. As soon as we switched over from Workstation to ESXi and vCenter, the downtime was very minimized. Growth and flexibility are now there. If I want to add more hosts, servers, and devices, it is not a big deal. The infrastructure is there. As far as having more job requirements, we wanted to explore our development lifecycle more without making major changes. View full review »
Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
The move to vSphere was really just a business-continuity initiative. Vestmark makes a financial platform. It's important that we are able to be up as much as possible. I work on the internals teams, so none of the stuff that I work with is customer-facing, but for our customer-facing teams to be able to correctly support customers, our internal side has to be up as much as possible. It was really just business-continuity, coming down from the executive level, saying, "We need as much HA as possible. We want our systems to be up as much as possible because we need to support our customers as best we can." When you're looking at HA and seamless DR and the like, there's really one decision, and that's going virtual, whether it's on-prem or in the Cloud. VMware has been a leader in the virtual industry for years. It was a pretty simple decision to go with VMware. View full review »
Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Prior to having this, we had physical servers. We've virtualized almost everything that we can virtualize. I wish we could virtualize our IBM iSeries, the mainframe, which is impossible to do. But for everything else, I think we are pretty okay. When selecting a vendor, I first look at * proven industry standards * longevity * security * good customer experience * a robust infrastructure that is scalable and tested. Usually, when we make recommendations, which is one of the things we do as infrastructure specialists, we evaluate several vendors and try to see which ones match up most with these criteria. Whichever one comes out ahead, comes out ahead. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Previously, for monitoring, we use other products. Slowly, we are moving to vRealize now. It depends on our requirements and budget. View full review »
Rene Van Den Beden
Chief Architect at RoundTower Technologies
Regarding knowing that it is time to switch to this solution, our customers tend to be existing vSphere customers. End-of-life, end-of-support tend to be the trigger for, "Okay, we need to upgrade our infrastructure stack." The other big trigger is end-of-life of the hardware stack that they're going with. That's typically a conversation about moving from legacy, three-tier infrastructure to a hyperconverged infrastructure stack. And then there's a hypervisor conversation about the best-of-breed to use to meet their business requirements. View full review »
Jason Hong-Turney
Lead IT Systems Engineer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
I was not using any other solution before vSphere. I was involved from all the early stages of planning to move to vSphere 6.7. We were already considering moving to 6.5 and, for us, there were so many added benefits of going to 6.7, and being that it's not a real major bump - it's more like 6.5 "Update 3" with a lot of quality of life improvements - it made it very easy for us to make that decision. When I'm working with a vendor, some of the most important criteria are * their release cadence * how much support they're giving to the product * what kind of R&D they're investing in * generally, anecdotally, the response we're getting when we're asking for support. View full review »
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We were not previously using anything from a virtualization perspective. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
We were all physical and it wasn't scalable. Every time they came to me and said that they wanted to start a new project with a new piece of software, I had to buy hardware for it. One day we looked at it. Quick, funny story: big presentation to the Board. Spent an hour explaining what virtualization was. I said, "Okay. I can do this by spending less over the next five years and we've already budgeted more." And the Chief Financial Officer looked at me and said, "Why did you just waste our last hour? If it's going to cost us less, then just do it." Why didn't you start with that? Way to bury the lead!" It was a no-brainer to move. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is support, absolutely. US-based support that doesn't pass the buck, that takes ownership of a situation and deals with it. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
I did use in the past Hyper-V, KVM and XEN. I do prefer VMware for the maturity of their solutions. VMware is also available inside all big cloud provider like Azure, AWS, Alibaba and IBM. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wouldn't say that I invested in a new solution to get to where I'm right now. I just really have been upgrading upon what's already there. I'm pretty much in bed with VM. I'm staying with VM, and that's where I want to be. I don't want to go anywhere else. VMware is top of the line. View full review »
Senior Architect at Art Van Furniture
We had straight physical before. Of course, it is clear that when you use physical infrastructure, depending upon the type of application you're implementing on that infrastructure, often you do not use the infrastructure's capability to the maximum. You use anywhere between 10 and 25 percent of the potential of the infrastructure, and that has to do with the specifics of what application you're implementing and how well this application plays with other applications. A typical example is SQL Server and SharePoint. They both try to steal resources from each other so it's very hard to have those components sharing the same hardware. There are many other examples. This is just to illustrate, a little bit, the benefit of the virtualization solution. Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are a reasonably priced solution that the vendor maintains well, one they stand behind, so that when we use their solution, we keep up with the state of the art. Some vendors - and I'm not going to cite names - tend to invest in creating a solution, and then they don't stand behind it, and the customer is left to fend for himself. The solution has never been improved, it's no longer a key part of the vendor's line of business. At this point, for us, the important point is that the vendor keeps pushing the state-of-the-art and keeps improving the solution while maintaining a top level of support for the customer. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
We started out in the Microsoft Hyper-V because it came with everything in their license. After messing with Hyper-V, we always had a small VMware environment. With some of the blade services that came out from Dell and Cisco, we moved over to VMware because they utilize all the back-end interconnects a lot better than Microsoft does. After that, we went full VMware. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were just utilizing physical servers with manual deployment of applications. By moving to vSphere, now it's just: Deploy VM from a template, or clone a VM now. Whereas previously, we had to order a physical hardware, wait for the arrival, deploy that into the data center, configure it. Now all of that has gone away. View full review »
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We didn't have a previous solution. We just had challenges that everybody was faced with and VMware, back in its core, back in its early days, had the capability to move compute from one data center to another and that was huge. We wanted to be able to do things in a secure, safe manner with low risk. View full review »
Sr. Architect, Business Continuity at Sayers
I've used Hyper-V, AHV, VirtualBox and KVM solutions. Each of these solutions has merits, but none of them are as flexible and reliable as VMware solutions. They are all rapidly improving, but are not being adopted widely enough to rival vSphere's dominance. I rarely advise clients to switch away from a VMware based solution, because of the long history of success and reliability that comes with it. View full review »
Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
When I came on, they were using vSphere. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
No other solution has been used. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
A big thing for us, and the reason we went with VDI, was for security. We didn't want folks having laptops or taking them out of our environment, out of our building, and not having them secured, where somebody could just pick one up and take it. This way, we keep it all in-house and it's more secure. It's in our hands and not theirs. We went with VMware because we were all more familiar with VMware and our vendors, our reps. We all have a great relationship with them, so we decided to go that route. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
Prior to this solution, we used Oracle Virtual Machine and Xen Virtualizations. View full review »
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
We did not have a previous solution that we were using. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
I also used Citrix Xen which was really great, but ended up mainly using Qemu and Libvirt with KVM because of costs. View full review »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
We started using Hyper-V from Microsoft, then we changed to VMware, because VMware is more stable. It is easier to manage this solution. View full review »
Technical Support at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We looked at Microsoft Hyper-V, but it does not have all of the systematics of VMware vSphere. View full review »
Hazem Mohamed
Deputy Manager IT at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We previously used Hyper-V, and we found a lot of problems with taking snapshots of our virtual machines. It also was not very stable. View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
I have used the product my entire IT career. View full review »
Mats Hagberg Olsson
Azure Infrastructure Architect at Wireless Car
I also have experience with Citrix ESXi. View full review »
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