VMware vSphere Primary Use Case

IT Supervisor at WACT
The company I work for is a global company and has many data inflection issues. Quality control decisions are not actually made at the local level. It is made at the headquarter level in Europe. We have our cloud site solution, our production environment, and our data recovery environment. We use VMware solutions integrated with HP solutions for hardware replication and storage-to-replication facilities. We use vSphere with ESXi 6.0, primarily for VM migration. We have an HP storage replication system in place for our first storage requirements with the VMs. Every other one is managed by VMware vMotion. vSphere and ESXi 6.0 are used to host our application servers, operational applications, and additional HR applications. For extensions, we have vMotion to manage the virtual machines so that we can watch the network. For all of our backup requirements currently, we use the HP Data Protector. View full review »
Senior Systems Analyst at Manufacturing Organization
The primary use case is for virtualization of the Windows environment for our organization. It has performed wonderfully. Over the course of the last 10 years, we have implemented vSphere Hypervisor and moved from five percent virtualization up to a current rate of about 85 percent, for our Windows environment. The mission-critical apps we use it for are for production facilities, as well as optimizers for the machine equipment that is at those production facilities. There are ancillary systems in our corporate data centers that are used for the internal customer-facing apps, to work with the business intelligence piece, which can monitor metrics as well as capacity planning, ordering, and business warehousing. All of these business-critical functions run on vSphere Hypervisor. View full review »
Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
The primary use case for vSphere is managing and controlling all of our virtual environments from the servers, and the storage resources, to all of the guest virtual machines. As far as mission-critical apps go, the most important that I see is our computer-aided dispatch software which runs all of the police, fire, and ambulance services for the city. That that is the most important thing that we do, to simply protect lives and protect property. Other kinds of very critical workloads that we have to have include an enterprise-resource-planning system that most everything goes through. The city also has a lot of geographical information about everything that is in the city. The citizens use that data constantly. We do not use VMware Cloud on AWS. View full review »
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David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
Our primary use case for vSphere is not a primary use case, because we actually offer a pretty wide breadth of services. Our key use cases revolve around hosted private cloud, as well as being the underpinning virtualization platform for our multi-tenant vCloud Director based cloud. We don't use VMware cloud on AWS. View full review »
Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
vSphere allows us to virtualize our campus servers and our student environment. We run vCenter within vSphere, so we have about 300 or 400 student desktop workstations that we run at any given time. We are able to customize our students' experience very quickly, very easily, and are able to make it mobile from different computer labs on campus. We're also exploring opening it up so students would be able to remote into their VDI workstations from offsite. We're also looking into wrapping everything up with Workspace ONE, so we can virtualize more applications and let them have more of an MDM experience as well. We're not really virtualizing the apps themselves, yet. We're trying to move towards that. Our mission-critical things rely on our servers that we have virtualized. We have web servers, security servers, database servers that we have virtualized and that makes it easier for us to back up and maintain them. Really, vSphere plays a part in our management. View full review »
Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our use case is virtualization of hardware infrastructure, for return on investment cases. We have done pretty well with it. I'm really happy with it. The mission-critical apps we run on them include SQL; there is a lot of file sharing; there are a lot of websites and web servers running on them. There's some big data stuff for big science. We have to be able to digest lots of data and then pull analytics on it at a high-level, and be able to show big data in useful ways. View full review »
Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Our main use case for this is that it's the foundation of our company. What our company, MacStadium, does is provide virtual environments for customers to do iOS development on Apple hardware. And the foundation for that, for creating the private cloud, is vSphere. In terms of mission-critical apps, it's utilized mainly for iOS development. So customers will use the API for vCenter to automate things. They can do CICD, where they can spin up and spin down virtual machines, rapidly, and provide them to their internal groups or to their customers to do iOS development. It has actually been performing a lot better than you'd think for an initial release. It's very smooth and I've been pretty impressed with it so far. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
We are in the IT manufacturing industry. This solution has performed wonderfully. We do research and development into how our products can be best used in a vCenter/vSphere environment. Mission-critical applications we use it for include vSan, HA, DRS. They're all very, very important to us. View full review »
Network Administrator with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use vSphere to manage the various vCenters that my group is responsible for. We use it for the main controllers. We have VMs that that manage access to buildings. Until there's a problem you don't realize, necessarily, how many key systems have been virtualized. If we shut everything down, then maybe people would realize how virtualization has really changed things. We don't do anything active with the built-in security features, such as VM Encryption and support for TPM and VBS. View full review »
Infrastructure with 5,001-10,000 employees
We run, easily, 98 percent of our servers out of vSphere. We pretty much have nothing physical anymore. In terms of mission-critical apps, our entire ERP environment is all virtualized, outside of the rack. Everything in our organization, our student database records, employee records, all of our management stuff, is in VMware. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The primary use case is enterprise virtualization for server consolidation, energy conservation, data center space conservation, and overall efficiency and scalability. The mission-critical apps we use it for are everything from machine-learning to business processing to scientific research and development. View full review »
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
My primary use case for this solution is the DRS feature of the solution. View full review »
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We use it to manage multi-site, multi-regional implementations of VMware. We use the security end roles to give different tiers of access from the VM up to the VMware installation. We manage the roles and responsibilities within the security to do this. We do all the functionality inside vSphere. We use VMotion and DRS to manage some of our licensing issues that we have. With bigger software vendors, like Oracle, we use it to keep licenses and requirements compliant and keep VMs running on specific hardware. We use it for quite a few daily tasks: cloning and testing out patching. Then, we can perform snapshots through vSphere. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Our primary use case is for labs, development workloads, and engineering. I use it for our processing development on our product. Our company does printing technologies for gaming, particularly for gaming casinos in the gaming industry. It's working great. We are looking at going to VMware Cloud on AWS. I'm familiar with the SDDC software solutions, but cost always comes in to play. I would like to find out more, as it sounds a lot cheaper now. We already use Azure for our deployment packages. Right now, it is just FTP, but we could use somewhere to actually manage the infrastructure ourselves. It is much easier to manage it than relying on customer infrastructure to do the hosting for us. We are mostly on-premise, but we are looking to move to the cloud since there are more opportunities there. It should help us gain more customers and expand the market share for our company. View full review »
Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
We use vSphere for our production and DR infrastructure. We have all our critical machines on there: domain controllers, monitoring systems, ticketing systems, financial systems, billing systems, Test and Dev environments. For the most part, as far as vSphere is concerned, it's performed pretty awesomely. Sometimes the hardware doesn't work as well. Once we got VMware vCenter, once we got all that setup - did a PoC, proved that it worked - we did a big push. I led the project to move our entire internal infrastructure from physical to virtual. We haven't worked with VM Encryption or support for TPM and VBS. View full review »
Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
The primary use case is spinning up lab VMs. We can spin up several hundred VMs for students to work with, which could be Windows-based or Linux-based. It's about creating these VMs, then destroying them as soon as they are done. So, there is a lot of creation and destruction. We also spin up VM environments as well. On the vSphere 6.7 product, the optimization is great. The older versions, 6.0 and 6.5 were sluggish. When your spinning and destroying things, it's a big deal to have higher performance. View full review »
Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case is to virtualize our physical environment and to decentralize management of the systems themselves. It has been performing very well. We use it for everything. About 95 percent of our environment is virtualized at this point. Even our ERP environment, which is AIX, runs on vSphere, ESXi is the host. We have implemented SRM for failing-over and having high availability and disaster recovery in our other data centers. View full review »
Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
My primary use case of VMware vSphere 6.7 is that I manage some 100 clients who are using this product in their day-to-day work. These are businesses that use it. It runs the core of their networks. It runs their business. It is critical for them to be up and running, so vSphere is pretty important for them. The mission-critical application that we run on vSphere is our main program that we use to actually monitor all of our customers. We have hundreds of customers. Our main application of remote monitoring runs in our vSphere environment. We also run our Exchange, which is critical. That's how we get our alerts about all of our systems that we're managing. We also run our ticketing systems. When a customer will submit a ticket via email we get it. All of that is running on vSphere. View full review »
Tony Reeves
Network Administrator
My primary use case for the product is testing Home Lab. I was involved in the early vSphere 6.7 beta. I wanted to see what the new features were, how it worked. I'm using it currently in my Home Lab for testing lots of the different products as a vSphere-base for vSAN, NSX, running the latest vCenter, etc. Some of the critical workloads that I'm running in my vSphere environment are Exchange, SQL, various different application servers, and those have to be up and available at all times, and vSphere does that for us. It gives us High Availability, failover, vMotion capability for load balancing. It works great. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have three different types of environments: internal cloud, managed hosting, and VDA. We use VMware vSphere as the main product to accomplish this. VMware is now the main backbone in our company. We are not using VMware cloud on AWS. We are in PoC mode. We may use it in another six months to a year. View full review »
Rene Van Den Beden
Chief Architect at RoundTower Technologies
It's running mission-critical and business-critical workloads for our customers, and the experience has been positive. The mission-critical apps include core banking systems, core healthcare systems, artificial intelligence. And highly transactional workloads are also great fits for vSphere 6.7. View full review »
Jason Hong-Turney
Lead IT Systems Engineer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
My primary use case for vSphere 6.7 is that it's used strategically as a management plain for all 2,100 ESXi hosts across our environment. In terms of mission-critical apps, I couldn't tell you, because I operate the public cloud and we don't really care what our customers use it for. We do not use VMware Cloud on AWS yet but it is something we are exploring. View full review »
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It's a virtualization service. The product is performing well. We are quite satisfied with it. We are looking into using VMware on AWS in the future. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
The primary use case is to save us a lot of money. Really, the primary use case is to be flexible, to be scalable, to be agile, as the company changes. As a non-profit, we really change often. New programs come in every day. vSphere gives us the ability to be flexible The mission-critical apps we use it for include Exchange, SQL, Active Directory, document management systems. We use it for everything. While we haven't seen a performance boost for these apps, they're flexible. That's really what it's about. I'm still learning how to make it boost performance. We haven't used any of the built-in security features. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
We are an IT consulting company who serves and sells IT services. I am using the last version to understand the new features. Also, we are using it to improve our code for our VMware clients. We are also using on VMware cloud on AWS inside POC. View full review »
Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
Our main use case for the product is we want to do virtualization. We want to save costs on the physical hardware because we were running some big workloads on the physical hardware that we migrated over to VMware. In terms of the retail applications which we are running on the physical hardware, we have now virtualized them. View full review »
Stephen Parker
Systems Engineer at BYU Idaho
The use case is that we want to upgrade to the new features and functionality of version 6.7. We run several SQL Servers on there, Active Directory Servers, file servers, web servers; multiple servers running on it. View full review »
Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
The primary use case for the product is, we use it as our core infrastructure to power all of our servers as well as any kind of application that runs tolling for the region. For mission-critical applications that we use this for, it's mostly for proprietary applications that were specifically built to run tolling. So all of our tolling applications run on vSphere 6.7. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I use it as systems administrative management tool. I use VMware vSphere, vCenter, and vSphere ESXi. We do not use VMWare cloud on AWS. View full review »
Desktop Support Supervisor at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Primary use-case would be updating our Gold/Masters for the Horizon environment. It works pretty well. We're still getting used to the HTML5 Client versus the old Flash-based Client. We use it for all of our servers, we have virtualized everything. The mission-critical things, for a bank like us, are the mainframe - it's the IBM iSeries - and our Saleslogix application. Those would be the two biggest ones, but we use it for all of our databases as well. We're 90 percent VMware, with hundreds of servers. It's been a pretty smooth transition. We just upgraded to 6.5. Hopefully, we'll be updated to 6.7 soon. But it's been working really well. View full review »
Senior Architect at Art Van Furniture
vSphere is managing virtual machines in VMware infrastructure, ESXi, and it has performed very well. It's actually an excellent product. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
We use it for about 90 percent of our corporate network. We have a separate vSphere for an ISP that we run on a private and public cloud, because we are an anti-cloud company. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use vSphere to virtualize or server workloads. We use the solution for all our mission-critical applications. We're an airline so our main application servers for running the airline are all virtualized on vSphere. We don't utilize the built-in security features such as VM Encryption and support for TPM and VBS. View full review »
Stephen Krujelskis
Senior System Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Primary use case: data center virtualization. It's performing well. We're really happy with vSphere as a virtualization platform. In terms of the built-in security features, we use none of them. I really couldn't tell you much at all about that. Mission-critical apps would be our student information system - that one is running on PeopleSoft - student portals, also PeopleSoft. Those are the mission-critical ones that we're running on VMware. There's other stuff that is critical, but I wouldn't say that it's mission-critical. View full review »
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Sr. Operations Engineer at Kamstrup
The main use case of this product and its performance is server virtualization, and the performance is pretty good compared to what we were used to with the previous version. The previous version for us was version 6.0. There are built-in security features, TPM and encryption, which are something we're going to use at a later stage. Right now, we are waiting for a hardware refresh to be able to support a TPM version too. But it's something I'm really looking forward to. The mission-critical apps and workloads running on vSphere are just about everything. Our municipality covers everything from cradle to grave. We are running a retirement home, nursing home, schools. The most important are the healthcare applications. View full review »
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We use it for virtualization of approximately 90 percent of all of our computing. In terms of mission-critical apps, quite honestly we use it for the majority of them on the banking side: our financial apps, loan accounting, loan origination, etc. View full review »
Sr. Architect, Business Continuity at Sayers
I'm a Solutions Architect. I advise clients on how to leverage VMware products to provide resiliency in the face of disruptive events. VMware's platform is the most robust for running VMs upon, and it also has the most mature technology. Therefore, it is much more reliable and predictable, and those are the key characteristics needed to ensure a successful business continuity solution. Bleeding edge newcomers have yet to prove themselves production worthy compared to VMware's long history of success. View full review »
Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use vSphere to manage VMs, route our infrastructure, changing settings, remote desktopping, and providing services for the university. In terms of mission-critical apps, we use it for our Student Information System (SIS) to manage all student records and financial aid for all students on campus, along with databases and other web servers on campus. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
vSphere 6.5 is the primary virtualization technology in use at our firm and supports the entire organization infrastructure. View full review »
Raffaello Poltronieri
Cloud Solutions Architect at Clouditalia Telecomunicazioni
Our main use case of vSphere is as the lower layer of a cloud service provider. It's the basis for offering our services through vCloud Director to our customers. View full review »
CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
We had almost 100 servers and we wanted to consolidate them and also make them movable, especially when we have to upgrade hardware. It also allowed us to create more testing environments, because we tended to buy new iron every time. We also want users to be able to “own” servers themselves, so that we would build them for them, hand them over and say, "Have fun". View full review »
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
The primary use case for us was to virtualize a small data center of about 30 guests. We use it for our Active Directory and Exchange servers. The solution has worked well. We're not yet using VMware Cloud on AWS or vSphere's built-in security features. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We use it to manage our VM servers, everything we have. We're about 98 percent virtualized and we're using VMware vSphere and it works great. It performs great. In terms of mission-critical apps, we mainly host a lot of our accountants, so we have a lot of accounting software. It's really mission-critical to where we have to have these apps running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With vSphere, we're able to use VMotion, HA, and Fault Tolerance to keep our apps up and running for them. We don't use VM Encryption or support for TPM or VBS. We don't yet use VMware Cloud on AWS but we're looking forward to it. View full review »
Tom Pine
Lead Administrator at Comcast
We use it for call centers and providing server applications. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
Our primary use case is controlling our virtual machines, as well as our host machines. View full review »
delete at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Use case is to manage virtuals; spin them up, bring them down, create them, and a little maintenance on them. It performs okay for me. We do DRS for load-balancing. We're looking at doing Microsoft SQL virtual on it, probably without clustering; replacing physical clusters with it; and job scheduling; all probably in Q1. View full review »
Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We use vSphere to monitor our ESX hosts and VMs. We use it on day-to-day basis. vCenter one of the first things employees open when they arrive to our offices. It is a good product. It has an array of things that you perform with it, and we use it all the time. We are planning to use AWS, but we are not using it yet. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
The entire production and development environments are running on VMware vSphere using the 6.0 and 6.5 versions with twelve-node clustered configurations. Two data centers were deployed to separate the production side virtual machines from those of test and development. View full review »
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
We use it to virtualize our server infrastructure. View full review »
Ajay Dand
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is primarily for virtualization. View full review »
IT Professional with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm building a VDI center and a second-tier user. In terms of mission-critical apps, we use it for our executive pool of users to secure their everyday work. Sometimes we use it for distance education programs as well. It has been performing pretty well. View full review »
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We use it for VMware AirWatch/Workspace ONE: managing mobile devices. View full review »
Daniel Pietrasanta
IT Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We're virtualizing the whole infrastructure of the company. We are only keeping some of the bigger servers as bare metal, but aside from that, everything is being virtualized. We use vSphere for mission-critical apps including SAP and part of our internal development in C+, for the solution that collects everything for the buyers. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
I have used VMware products at five different software companies, and it was mainly used for the following functions: development environments, QA systems, internal infrastructures like wikis or ticketing. View full review »
Josh Abercrombie
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The primary use cases for the solution are all of our production and DTQ. We're not using any of the built-in security features. View full review »
Windows Systems Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's how we manage our server infrastructure virtually. View full review »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
We have a lot of different machines running on this solution. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
We started using this just for virtualization, but now we have gone into creating private cloud features for our customers. View full review »
Vice President with 1-10 employees
We primarily use this solution for replication purposes we have, and to back up information in HR (High Resolution) mode. View full review »
Svein Johansen
Professional ICT at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
I have the whole server park in VMware and I have about 14 VDI desktops for Windows 7. I'm not happy with the performance. It's slow. Maybe it's the graphics, because I don't have a graphics card in this server. View full review »
Technical Support at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are using the VMware vSphere product to virtualize our servers and we are very succesful. We are very satisfied. View full review »
Hazem Mohamed
Deputy Manager IT at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
It is a powerful solution which enables us to take a snapshot and clone any virtual machine. It is also a centralized platform for hypervisoring that speeds up the migration between the nodes. View full review »
Sandy Aitken
VP Cloud Business at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is documentation. View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
The primary use is to manage all of our virtual machines/servers and the ESX host. It is performing well. View full review »
Carlos Rodriguez
Pre-sales engineer
We use this product as a solution for backups and security. View full review »
Electronic Engineer in Telecommunications and Master in Technologies and Systems of Communications at QUANYX
Virtualization of servers: Use of the solution to reduce the space usage in the data center. Also, for hyper-convergence, you can virtualize the storage. View full review »
Justin Melton
Engineering Manager at Turnkey Cyber Solutions
* Enterprise Infrastructure. * We are distributed across the nation and are primarily all remote employees. I was able to build our private cloud with the tool. View full review »
Bobby Shirley
Desktop Support Specialist at Bank Independent
We use vSphere to manage our virtual servers. We have about 50 spread across our main company as well as another company that we own. We use them to manage the applications which are attached to different tasks. View full review »
Huy Le Quang
Solution Architect at Viettel IDC
* Cloud computing service (IaaS) * Private/hybrid cloud * Virtualization infrastructure * Virtualization desktop infrastructure. View full review »
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System Architect at KT Bank
We are virtualizing our x86 server infrastructure with VMware vSphere. It consolidates our environment dramatically. Our virtualization ratio is over 92%. View full review »
Lead System Engineer at MITRE Corporation
Our primary use case is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). View full review »
Head of Technological Architecture at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We virtualize our infrastructure with this solution. View full review »
Charlie Karam
Chief Technology Officer at Motor City Stamping Inc
Using this solution, we have virtualized 90% of servers used by a tier-one automotive supplier. View full review »
Mats Hagberg Olsson
Azure Infrastructure Architect at Wireless Car
I primarily use vSphere for management. It is very fast, responsive, and easy to use. View full review »
David Chief
Our primary use case for this solution is High Availability Industrial Control Operator Interfaces, and Historian & Regulatory Compliance Data. View full review »
Marcus Hall
Senior Automation Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco
We use this solution for hardware consolidation and improved infrastructure resiliency. View full review »
Muljo Witono
CEO and Owner at PT Solusindo Total Teknikatama
Our primary use case is to implement a high availability server environment. View full review »
Sree Kumar
Infrastructure Manager at Petrolink
We use this solution for production workloads. View full review »
Jason Place
Systems Security Administrator at Twin River Casino
Standard commercial environment. View full review »
Tim Crabtree
Internship Student at na
Server virtualization. View full review »
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