VMware vSphere Room for Improvement

IT Supervisor at WACT
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 we want to respond quickly and recover from it. With vSphere, you get to provision server resources with ease. While we like vSphere, one problem we have is saturation. For example, if I want to deploy 10 virtual machines, I will have to install the operating system one by one. I will have to install the patches one by one, also to every kind of script. I will have to learn more, but automated deployment is not easy to implement. It makes you spend a lot of time on deployment. You can't have time for doing other things. On login incidents and other events, I would prefer to have some notification in the logs. These are the main areas of improvement that we would like to see. View full review »
Owner at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
I'm not aware of every option that our solution provides, but I see mostly two things. Provide a better solution for hybrid clouds and migration to the cloud. That could be one thing. The second one is providing some integration with different solutions at the application level, such as Kubernetes. There is always a problem that the application level solutions are not aware of lower levels of infrastructure, of architecture. Some bundled applications with a stack of new VMs with better templates, including the deployment of such things. Monitoring could also be improved. View full review »
Johan Odendaal
Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The biggest pain point is probably the firmware management of the underlying hardware. It could be a lot better. We use HP hardware. The biggest thing is the firmware upgrades and other items at the backend. You have to take down the system. It's an in-memory database and that can sometimes cause issues. If you have to do firmware upgrades, it's organizing downtime and all sorts of things, which normally in a VMS space isn't an issue. They have embedded some of this in 7.1, however, I haven't tested it or seen it in action as yet. That said, one of the problems is that when we're sort of behind big memory servers and the databases in them if you migrate it, it potentially breaks the system off. That's a big pain point that the firmware management of the underlying hardware should handle. VMware doesn't really cater to it, however, Nutanix to some degree does cater for. It gets pretty expensive, however. We are always sort of one or two versions behind. We never test the latest version. I would say for me personally, the management aspect with large memory and in-memory databases for the motions and stuff like that is what it needs. That's one of the key things that I need really, from a support perspective. That's caused a number of issues already. You do get something called host profiles, which they've also improved slightly, however, I still think it's a bit clunky in terms of the way you can manage it. They can produce something to improve that aspect slightly. View full review »
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Tony Reeves
Network Administrator
An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
I have seen some sessions for version 6.7 covering its improvements, which I was looking for, mainly the content library. Our requirement is to move our templates from one location to another location. Previously, this was not available. We are happy this was introduced. Another thing is the flash. However, in 6.7, they completely removed it and they are bringing in the HTML. Let's see, as I haven't tried the 6.7 update yet. I hope it will satisfy everything from our point of view. View full review »
Assitant Director - IT at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I can't think of any features that are missing. I'm not really using any advanced options and don't have complex requirements. The solution could be a bit more user-friendly. View full review »
Consultant senior en technologie de l'information at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The HR proxy is actually a little bit harder to install and setup than other vmware products. So, direct integration with a vSphere distributed switch would be great addition, but you can bypass this setup if you chose an NSX-T switch. The distributed switch, which is the networking part of vSphere, should have more functions. It should be like VMware NSX-T so that network management with VMware Tanzu will be better, although it is already good. vSphere 7.0.1 is not available on ARM computers for production loads. I hope that it will become available soon so that we can run our production web server container on it, for example. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
I put information on my blog stating that I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware. They have announced many thing that I am looking for today, so I am happy. View full review »
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
The container management could be improved. It's far from perfect right now. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Commercially, you see other products, like Nutanix, which offers a free hypervisor. It would be ideal if this solution was the same in that regard. There are certain tools the can't run in parallel and occasionally, in those instances, we have trouble migrating customers from one source to our data center. If I'm replicating workload from the data center and, I have to migrate some of the workload to my location, I have to stop that application. Only then I can run vSphere. That is the biggest challenge. If both the tools cannot run in parallel, it becomes a problem. There should be some sort of way to run these two products in parallel. View full review »
Sr. Architect, Business Continuity at Sayers
The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users. View full review »
Pré-vendas at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The visualization market is likely going to adopt more features in the network aspect of the typical data center. It would be useful to have features like micro-segmentation, changing the mix as well as part of vSphere. This is not currently provided and to achieve this, you need the VMware NSX product, which is a different product with its own license. I think some sort of migration tool could be introduced to migrate to the cloud. It should include integrations with a hooked cloud environment, or on-prem and even between clusters. For example, sometimes I need to migrate a VM from a vSphere environment to a hooked cloud environment. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client. When the next release comes out ensure all bugs/fixes are implemented as there was some pretty nasty ones on initial 6.5 release. View full review »
Walmik Wankhede
Manager IT at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs. If it connect with Internet, it should ask this during VM creation with the help of selection. It should auto download the OS so it will be beneficial only at time of activation by entering a valid key. If a key is not valid, then it should start with a trial version. View full review »
The solution is too expensive for us and we don't have any funds to direct towards it. We just started the company, which makes it hard to explore the solution the way we want to with the amount of cost involved to do so. They should work to make the licensing more affordable. I want to be able to use OpenStack, however, I can't do that without vCenter, and it's so cost-prohibitive for us, it's become a problem. We've only faced one technical issue. That is downloading the virtual machines and uploading the virtual machines. It takes a lot of time and we cannot transfer the VMware from one machine or directly from one server to another. That action requires vCenter. That may only be an issue on the free version and not the pro version. On the pro version, you have much better features. It would be ideal if they could integrate billing software so that clients can customize it directly on the virtual machine. Billing should also be done automatically. Perhaps this is already the case, however, I haven't really had a chance to explore it fully. While I'm currently on the free version, I'd like to have the ability to explore the pro version to see what is on offer there. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
The solution should be more user-friendly for upgrading host ESXi units, bringing them into the control unit of vSphere. Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people. A technical person can hover around and find the right tool or task that needs to be done. But, for people who are new, they require guidance because it is not intuitive. They have to ask for help from here and there to get it right. View full review »
Sr. Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
I think what they need to improve on is their pricing. They're starting to get a little high-end in terms of price compared to other solutions and the other solutions are catching up. Everything with VMware is very modularized and you can't just buy one piece and be done with it. In my opinion, they would be wise to include a high availability out of the box type set up and not just for cloud, but site to site. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I don't think that the solution must be improved. View full review »
Jeroen De Jonge
Autodidact Quantum Physics- Quantum mechanics. at IC Consultancy
The only way for it to be a complete product is if you integrate all the functionalities. Then you don't need any backup solution anymore and you can do it by yourself. Integration needs improvement. They should improve a lot of the functionality because normally it's half of a product. You're only protecting yourself against technical failures but not against any cyber threats or any other stuff. It's not about prevention, it's about time to recovery because it's going to happen anyway. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
Improve the patch and updates online and remove mandatory reboot, or move the virtual machine onto a physical host that needs patching/maintenance. I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems. View full review »
Executive Director & Head of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The price is a big issue for us because the market is very competitive in our country, so we can't really push our VMware vSphere products because the customers will prefer to use something cheaper. Customers in our country are very price-sensitive, so if the price were reduced it would be more popular. View full review »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The user interface could use some improvement. View full review »
CEO at a tech consulting company with 201-500 employees
The cost can be better. View full review »
Fernando Tamariz
Information Technology Specialist at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to have replication between sites available in the standard version. View full review »
Costinel Tunsoiu
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
One of the areas creating a crash is when you are cloning. If you are cloning a virtual machine and you have any license on another system it will crash and we have to contact third-party support for assistance. It's not cloning 100%. View full review »
Rommie Kaputin
IT TECHNICAL/ SERVER ADMINISTRATOR at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
One problem that needs fixing is when we run the backup for the servers, the servers become inaccessible to everybody on-site while it is creating a snapshot. If your server size is large you will have to wait longer when the server is unavailable. In the future, it would be a benefit for VMware to improve on the Storage vMotion feature by making it become faster between host. It takes a lot of time to transfer files between hosts currently. View full review »
Director Global Security at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see support for endpoint virtualization. Another thing that I would like to see are improvements with respect to performance. View full review »
IT Chief with 201-500 employees
The main issue for us is the cost of the solution. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
When I needed to equip a new startup, I was unable to get the budget for vSphere past finance, so I ended up adopting a cheaper alternative even though it meant more work. View full review »
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Its price can be better. It is very expensive. View full review »
Network and Systems Administrator at Ishango-it
The licensing costs are expensive and most of the important features require a license. For example, we would like to use DRS but there is an additional license for that. If it were free then it would be very helpful. View full review »
Directeur Production, Infrastructure et Architecture IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is expensive. They can improve the licensing cost for Cloud Director. They can also improve the integration with other applications and the metering feature, which is currently not flexible. View full review »
Stanley Lee
Principal Engineer at ST Engineering Limited
I'd like to see a simplified integration with services automation. At the moment it requires a lot of network from partners and solution providers to do this - there are a lot of third party components that require integration. If they could improve this it would mean less integration for some key products and services. View full review »
Luca Olivotto
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The way that vSphere manages the alerts on the data machine is not easy to configure. View full review »
Orhangazi Yıldırım
System Architect at KT Bank
Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier. View full review »
Huy Le Quang
Solution Architect at Viettel IDC
The SDK/API to help SPs (service providers) provide the pay-as-you-go business model in cloud service. View full review »
Lead System Engineer at MITRE Corporation
It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager. View full review »
Charlie Karam
Chief Technology Officer at Motor City Stamping Inc
I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI. I should not have to resort to using the command line to see what is going on. View full review »
David Chief
Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles. View full review »
Marcus Hall
Senior Automation Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco
Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement. View full review »
Muljo Witono
CEO and Owner at PT Solusindo Total Teknikatama
The scalability of the solution should be improved. View full review »
Sree Kumar
Infrastructure Manager at Petrolink
Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved. View full review »
Jason Place
Systems Security Administrator at Twin River Casino
Improvements to the vCenter server appliance are still needed, especially the HTML5. View full review »
Tim Crabtree
Internship Student at na
Improvement in price. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSphere. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2020.
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