VMware vSphere ROI

Senior Systems Analyst at Manufacturing Organization
It's hard to calculate the ROI but I know that in our main, corporate data center we have gone from 700-plus Hewlett Packard servers down to fewer than 50 physical servers for the Hypervisor. We still have some legacy physicals that have not been virtualized yet but, over the course of this current refresh and into next year, those should go away. In addition, in our paper mills and pulp mills we have heavily adopted virtualization, and in our box plants, where we make container boxes for shipments, we have seen a ratio of five servers down to one, and that's over a couple of hundred sites. While an actual ROI number is hard to calculate, if you think about the yearly maintenance on all of those systems, it's very vast and deep. It also allows us the portability to expand rapidly and add virtual machines with virtually no overhead, once the initial architecture has been built. View full review »
Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
For return on investment, I don't know that I can give you any real hard and fast numbers on things, but I can tell you, from a time perspective, what vSphere has been able to do for us. When I started out, provisioning servers was a very long and drawn out process. Now, we're to a point where literally, from the moment I decide I want a server to the time that Windows is up and running is less than ten minutes, and that's fantastic to me too. It saves me a lot of time because I'm now provisioning several servers a week and that's just par for the course. All that time that you do that repetitive, tedious type work, is time that you're not being able to deliver meaningful, value-added work for the company. View full review »
David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
* Compared to deploying traditional infrastructure models, like bare metal, and the ability to virtualize and maximize the utilization of the physical infrastructure speaks well for ROI. * In today's market, agility is the new currency. Without virtualization, and vSphere in particular, we wouldn't have the level of agility in the business that we have today. Frankly, it's needed by pretty much any industry. Regardless of whether you're technology-centric or not, you are a technology company. View full review »
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Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Performance is somewhat relative, but an overall return on investment comes from not having multiple physical servers and from helping to aggregate a lot of the processors and RAM, and being able to use them more efficiently. We're not really worried about speed but about more efficiency. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
Being a field engineer, it's a little more difficult for me because I'm not involved with the finances of the company. But we know that we're getting a strong ROI because the amount of money that we're spending on external assets seems to come down every year. We're getting by with what we have longer and making more efficient use of it. View full review »
Network Administrator with 5,001-10,000 employees
I don't really deal with the budget so it would be hard for me to say what our ROI is, but my boss does the budget and he seems happy. We keep getting more resources and more things are being virtualized. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
One of the things I think a lot of people are inherently bad about is assuming ROI and never quantifying it. Where I am, we've done a pretty good job of quantifying over the years. We've not only studied everything down to the number of Velcro ties used but the number of cores, the cost per core for network, even power cords, and including the consumption of water. We've been able to quantify virtualizing everything we can, instead of just assuming it, for ROI. We have been able to show quite a bit of good discipline around that. Again, on behalf of tax-payer dollars, I feel confident that with our shift to virtualization over a decade ago, we can definitely quantify our ROI. It's really simple. Data-centers grow in a different direction now. They grow smaller and they become very dense, very lean, and that, unto itself, shows an ROI. There's really not a whole lot of assuming at this point that needs to be done. It's just there. You can quantify it very easily. View full review »
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We are spending less on buying bigger machines, which are overprovisioned. Thus, the ROI is found in consolidation and cost savings. There are a lot of management and soft skills that we end up being able to save on. For example, my engineers in Canada could watch over systems in China, California, and Phoenix. Thus, it gives us the flexibility of administration. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
Most of our current customers are pretty happy. They don't utilize VMware, but we just sell the software for them. Internally, we use VMware for support. View full review »
Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
When I first started at Vestmark, a little over four years ago, everything was physical. We had a row of about seven to ten racks - I forget the exact number - of just physical machines. After going virtual, using VMware, vCenter on Cisco UCS, we dropped that down to two racks. View full review »
Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
Given that we spin up and down hundreds of VMs, we physically couldn't do that with physical hardware. It would just be financially impossible. Having a virtualized infrastructure and being able to bring up Windows, Linux, and VMware within a virtualized environment brings more technology into the classroom. Without it, we couldn't do what we do. View full review »
Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We see a tremendous return on investment. View full review »
Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
As far as our ROI goes, vSphere actually reduces time to set up a server by a ton. By a server, I mean a virtual machine. In the past, you'd have to order in hardware, wait weeks for it to come in, and then install Windows, patch it, and actually go deploy it at the customer location. Now, if the customer's already running vSphere, all we have to do is log in to that, build the VM, and install Windows and we're good to go. We've gone from days to an hour, probably. View full review »
Jason Hong-Turney
Lead IT Systems Engineer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
Moving to 6.7, like I said, has standardized a lot of our environment for us so we have definitely seen a reduction in the amount of time we are spending trying to troubleshoot things. It's very consistent. Everything has performed exactly how we expected it to. View full review »
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The business is able to gain in faster services because you are provisioning the ends more quickly due to templates. Thus, the provisioning is quite good. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
Our ROI is huge. We put, in hardware and software, probably $80,000 dollars into the solution and have never spent another penny in the last five years, other than for support. Compare that to a budget of $30,000 a year, we'd be at $150,000 in those five years. So, the return on investment is huge. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
Our ROI is good. There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases. View full review »
Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
In the past six months, we have saved around 110TBs of storage, which is almost equivalent to $200,000 USD. That is a huge savings. We have seen a tremendous performance boost. From when we started this VMware engagement in 2016 until now, we have seen around a 70 percent performance boost. This is a good number. View full review »
Stephen Parker
Systems Engineer at BYU Idaho
The biggest ROI has been technical. Technically, it's much easier to deploy, much easier for the end-user to use, we have much happier end-users. As they manage their systems, they're much happier without having to install a client, which takes time, takes resources on their machine. They can do it from any device, anywhere, at any time, which is very nice for them. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
ROI is tough to quantify once you are already in bed with VMware. However, I did a comparison between physical server to virtual. There was a point in time where we would size out a virtual server to be a massive size, then we'd buy a physical server of the equivalence. We saved somewhere around 20 percent going virtual, as opposed to the physical equivalent. I have seen a performance boost in a sense that we have provided better utilization of system resources within vSphere. However, I don't have an actual percentage to provide. View full review »
Desktop Support Supervisor at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Our ROI comes from being able to replace a lot of our endpoints, mostly on the Horizon side. But using vSphere with all the endpoints, replacing all of our physical machines as well with Dell EMC's wide clients, it has almost been invaluable to us. The cost savings have been great there: buying $300 machines instead of $1,000 PCs. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The biggest ROI is the decrease of the physical server in our data center. By reducing that physical server, we're able to reduce our network infrastructure, we're able to reduce the footprint in the data center, and that allows us to recover costs in just operating that data center. View full review »
Stephen Krujelskis
Senior System Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Straying a little bit from vSphere, but on vROps, the ROI that we're getting from that is that we're able to reclaim a lot of idle and oversized VMs, and we're actually saving money or actually giving ourselves more time with the resources we have, before we have to purchase new stuff. So that's an ROI. View full review »
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I don't know that I can give you a number, but our ROI has been significant. View full review »
Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'm not very good at ROIs, but I know that it has improved the management of the VMs, and being able to help customers more easily and faster has been an improvement with this release. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
Has allowed us to run our HPE DL580 G7 servers still without issues so spend on hardware has been next to nothing. View full review »
CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
On the server side, we have definitely seen ROI. If servers fail we just restart them, if a piece of hardware fails we just move it. We haven't saved any money but we have been able to double our load without adding any more staff. That's our ROI. In real terms, because of the cost of the product, I don't know that we really save anything. We're a public institution and we tend to have very long time frames for holding onto hardware, not like a corporation. I would say it's a wash on a pure ROI, unless we can look into the future and say, “I'm going to be able to do increased stuff without adding any money.” View full review »
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
We're a small, privately held company, so ROI is not something we concentrate a lot on. But just from the surface appearance, it has really helped us. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
I honestly don't know what our ROI is, but it's a lot. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
It took quite a long time, but in the end, I think that it benefits us in terms of ROI. View full review »
Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It keeps together a lot of different environments, making it easier and faster to work. It definitely has a good turn around. View full review »
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
It's huge. It has been a big return on investment for us. It saves us money because we don't have to buy as many physical servers. VMware seems to be the future of computing. View full review »
Network Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
ROI is hard to measure because it depends upon the customer's relationship with the solution and how much they spent on it. View full review »
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Our ROI is the ease of use for users. View full review »
Daniel Pietrasanta
IT Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We see a high return on investment, precisely because of the higher density hardware. We're using fewer hypervisors, which results in some return. We also have more virtual servers and less cost. Everything goes hand-in-hand. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
Great flexible infrastructure View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
Our ROI is time management savings. View full review »
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