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Bunmi Sadiq
Real User
‎IT Supervisor at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The features in vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I didn't have to use the backup… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have some downtime, but we can quickly recover from a disaster depending on the magnitude or the extent of the disaster using vSphere. The software will recover from… more»

What needs improvement?

We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently. If there is a disaster of any kind… more»

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

This is really a niche area, but we have an enterprise license for our business. We have many users on our cloud applications, so we went with a costly enterprise license… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give is that there should be proper planning for implementing VMware solutions. With us, the content management suppliers and the various vendors… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
DatacenterVirtualizeJunky
Real User
Senior Systems Analyst at Manufacturing Organization
Aug 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its stability. There are a lot of product enhancements that come out regularly but, generally, the stability the solution provides is the most important to me, as I like to go home and sleep at night. It is absolutely simple and efficient to manage. We can bring in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to increase the density of the virtualized servers and, with the increased density we have a lot of page sharing as well as memory sharing. We see performance increases from Server 2012 and forward; 2003 is debatable. There were negligible differences in 2012 but we did see benchmark… more»

What needs improvement?

VMware has expanded, from a corporate standpoint, to where they have gotten very large. I have noticed, in the last couple of years, the breaking apart of specific added benefits and charging license upcharges for them. That would be the only negative thing that I have to say: As a large consumer of… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are not already virtualizing, existing-wise, you are doing yourself a severe disservice. Anybody who is continuing down the road of physical servers, any justifications that they think they have, should be challenged. If you have an environment that is all physical servers, a very easy win… more»
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Brandon Morris
Real User
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features that vSphere has is its HA and DRS protection, where it can simply make sure that all the machines are always where they need to be and how they need to be taken care of. We have a lot of servers and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As far as performance on vSphere goes, the performance is great. We've been running everything virtualized from VMware forever, so I can't really say that there has been a boost in performance, but I can tell, from version to version - and… more»

What needs improvement?

I see room for improvement in the vSphere product just a little bit. I know they are doing all that transition from the traditional fat client to the new HTML5 interface. I've watched that grow from being technical previews to where it's at… more»

What other advice do I have?

As an overall solution, I'd probably give it a nine out of ten. It is very rock solid in everything that it does and it simply works with everything, and it does a pretty darn good job doing it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
David Grimes
Real User
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* The most valuable feature of vSphere is vMotion, because it rocks. It radically changes the way we think about how we can operate a large infrastructure, and notably, in terms of proactive maintenance. * The second biggest feature is HA, because complexity around IT resilience is a difficult… more»

How has it helped my organization?

vSphere has improved our organization by allowing us to deliver rock solid stability to our clients in a cost competitive fashion. The industry has moved far beyond bare metal infrastructure, other than for very specific us cases. As an operator of mission-critical applications on behalf of our… more»

What needs improvement?

As with any piece of technology (hardware or software), there's always room for improvement. vSphere is incredibly mature from a core feature and function perspective. As we continue to push mission-critical workloads into vSphere, and those workloads are not readily protected at the application… more»

What other advice do I have?

If I had to give a rating of one to ten for vSphere, I would give it a nine. No software nor hardware is perfect, but vSphere is good. That's why I would say a nine. There is still some room for improvement, like larger FTVMs, continued evolution, and keeping pace with the scalability of underlying… more»
Kevin Williams
Real User
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
Sep 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of support is one of the main features that we have with it. We're able to take Snapshots before doing updates to make it easy to roll back if something does happen to go wrong. The visibility… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen a performance boost. As we keep moving up to different versions it gets more seamless, it gets easier to maintain, to do updates to our virtual environment and to the physical end. We're… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little bit more visibility regarding errors. When an error does occur, there are times where it says "Unknown error" or something to that effect, and it doesn't necessarily give… more»

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

Pricing can be an issue in terms of scalability, depending on how quickly you want to expand. If you budget every year, put some aside that you know you need to get another host and you plan for it… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan your environment well, determine what your needs are, and then try to bump that up by 20 percent; give yourself a little bit of future expanding. That way you don't have to leap off and buy a lot… more»
Michael Huset
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* VHA * DRS * VMotion * Redundancy, failover, any DR situation * Reducing the overall physical footprint for electrical needs, heating, cooling * Money-saving, in general

How has it helped my organization?

With the current compliance options that I have to go through, it's very nice to have a lot of the encryption built in. It checks a lot of boxes for the federal level so I don't have to either bolt… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of management, it's getting better. There were recent changes with the infrastructure and the architecture, going from a physical vSphere vCenter client to the web interface. That has slowed… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is "do it". I rate vSphere at nine out of 10 because the HTML version of things needs to get a little bit better. The vSphere side of things gets a little difficult to manage; right-click… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Preston Lasebikan
Real User
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 27 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the slight changes they've made to VMFork instant cloning, in which they have abstracted out the parent-child relationship in cloning, in which certain features, like HA and DRS, are now usable on that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a connection for our business, it goes hand-in-hand. It being the only hypervisor that runs on top of Apple hardware the way we want it, there is no "us" without that.

What needs improvement?

I know, coming out in 6.7 Update 1, that the HTML Client is going to reach full parity and have all the same features that they had in the now-deprecated thick client that used to be on Windows. That's one really neat feature I'm actually… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, especially if you are on things like Hyper-V or other products that I've touched, the simplicity and scalability of the vSphere product has been solid. For another individual who is in the IT or engineering fields, I… more»
Eric Garrison
Real User
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
Oct 14 2018

What is most valuable?

The vCenter management is huge: ease of use, the simplicity of it. It gives us, with the Enterprise Plus version, pretty much all the tools that we need right on hand that work great with our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of customers that use VFRC, so the ability to put that together and now, with 6.7, to have full multipathing support, we do a lot of fiber channel work, we do a lot of fiber channel… more»

What needs improvement?

My biggest suggestion would be some kind of a mechanism - and it's almost an AI-type thing, a Siri/Cortana - for where to find how to do certain things. If there was the ability to just type in a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework, figure out what you need. This really relates back to the question about the licensing. Do your homework, find out what version you need, think to the future, and figure out what you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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