VMware vSphere Valuable Features

IT Supervisor at WACT
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 to restore the VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM. I find that fascinating. For VM migration, I can migrate my virtual machines from one place to the other. vSphere has easy integration. I have some older server models. They are HP products. I have both old and new server models. I was able to integrate all these servers despite that fact that the date of manufacture is a five-year gap between the units. I was using the same version of vSphere and I was able to integrate all the servers together. They are working well through it. View full review »
Owner at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
VMware vSphere provides an easy way of providing near-zero downtime services, the operation of the instances between clustered services, and providing the projected SLA for our customers. Mostly, we use a gap solution for PaaS and IaaS levels of solutions. We also use Kubernetes on the application layer and downtime to move to a different layer of workloads. However, we still use plain virtual machine platform environments because we are leveraging just on-premise servers. We can't, or we don't want to fully move into clouds. That's why it's important for us to use a solution like VMware vSphere. View full review »
Johan Odendaal
Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The solution has high availability. The on the fly changing of the resources on a VM is very helpful. You've got the underlying capacity, that's greater than what the actual server has, and therefore you have the ability to do on the fly add capacity. I would say that's by far the thing we use the most. The VRS, to a lesser degree, is also quite useful to us. It does work in the environment. The solution is very good from a recoverability point of view. Everything can be stored much easier on a virtual server than on a physical box. View full review »
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Tony Reeves
Network Administrator
The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast. Really liking that change. In terms of the built-in security features that I'm using, currently I am using vSAN Encryption, using an external KMS server, and it works great. It's pretty easy to set up, very easy, especially in the UI, to integrate that and get that set up. The way that I find vSphere simple and easy to manage is that the interface is all laid out for you. You've got various different views based on what you want to do in the UI. You have your Hosts and Clusters view, if you're doing something where you need to manage at the cluster level. You can manage at the host level in there. If you're doing something very VM-specific or on a vApp level, you can go into the VM and Templates view. It's very easy to scale and use what you need to use. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is performance, especially the 6.7 version. We were looking for content library options for templates and were happy that VMware introduced it in 6.7 version. I like the speed and the quickness of the boot in the newest version of vSphere. The mission-critical applications in our company, like SAP, Siebel, and a lot of financially related applications are running. Our developer uses most of animation, etc., and we are using the vSphere for that. We have seen a performance boost compared to the previous versions, like a 5.1, five years ago. It has gradually increased. Previously, we hadn't migrated any database, like SQL or Oracle, into VMware. However, we are planning to now. We are moving forward because a lot of new features are now available on 6.7. We are doing a PoC, which we are happy about now. We may move over the database into our VMware environment. It is simple to manage. However, some of our operation teams, they are used to the desktop line, but VMware removed it in the previous version. Initially, we had an issue on the flash, but now we are happy. With VMware moving to HTML, it's really fast. We did a bit of version testing, and it's really fast and easy to use now. View full review »
Assitant Director - IT at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's not a particular feature, really, however, I can say that the solution is just easy to maintain, and makes it easy to backup all those VMs. We can easily save our data and we can deploy VM machines very fast and create the delivery of the server in a pretty simple, dynamic way. Our company has very limited requirements. We just create VMs and deploy VMs on the machine and give the users access. It's solving our problems perfectly. I'm not using any advanced features right now, however, it is sufficient. It's very simple and I really like it overall. View full review »
Consultant senior en technologie de l'information at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware Tanzu (container) is the most valuable addition because you get an efficient solution to manage the VM and container in a single pane of glass. The integration of Tanzu inside the base version of vSphere, without the need to install NSX-T, is a great addition. Many IT people don't know NSX-T and NSX can cost a lot, so it could save a lot of money. However, you will not get the enhanced network function due to the lack of NSX-T. The improvements to vSAN with a file server service is also a very valuable feature for many companies because they will be saving with the management of an NFS storage or a file server. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
The most valuable features are: * ESXi Quick Boot * VM encryption * New security features. The new feature announced today with vSphere Update 1 inside vSan is impressive. I did not have a chance to test Update 1 yet. We shall see how it performs in the next few days. Because my server is too old, I am using my own lab for TPM. I did not have a good chance to test everything. VM encryption is quite simple to implement: Just check two boxes and it is done. It is very easy to do. If you want to move from on-premise to cloud, it is quite easy. View full review »
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
The VMotion feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. The fact that you can move the load without service interruption to the users is great. The initial setup is easy. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution allows for very good virtualization. It makes migration processes easy. The product offers a lot of functionality. It helps use manage everything for the client. The solution can be integrated with multiple other technologies. If you have Cisco CSA solution, for example, it integrates well. If you want to use third-party tools, you are able to do so. With respect to the Windows environment, it's very, very easy to use. View full review »
Sr. Architect, Business Continuity at Sayers
* Storage vMotion to safely migrate VMs to other hypervisors, storage solutions and sites while the VM is still running. * Distributed vSwitches to better manage networking across large infrastructures. * vRealize for operations management and automation to remove human error from complex tasks and enable more efficient processes and business activities. * The VCSA appliance provides a great interface for most management tasks. In general, the combination of VMware products that compose or plug into vSphere enable most organizations to better prepare for disruptive events. View full review »
Pré-vendas at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
As we are a service partner, I think the most valuable feature vSphere has is the ability to visualize infrastructure. Other similar software does not have this capability. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
vCenter Appliance, DRS, HA, Update Manager and SRM help us keep our business running smoothly. Having the vCenter Appliance has allowed us to save costs on Windows licenses and have a more stable platform for managing hosts. Also having Update Manager now as well it makes the move to VCSA that much better. SRM has allowed us to failover our Tier1 services in under 30 minutes for each whereas it would take over an hour the old fashioned way. DRS and HA have kept our cluster stable and VMs running optimally. With the built in Update Manager now in the vCenter Appliance it is easy to scan and remediate our Hosts even during Production hours as we can use HA/DRS with Maintenance Mode. View full review »
Walmik Wankhede
Manager IT at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
SimpliVity backup and restoration is more suitable and its best feature. If any file or folder is missing and needs to be restored, then within a moment you can recover it. Simplivity has its own backup system, so there is no need to purchase separate backup software. All data has security. Multiple OSs can be created on a single platform. Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good. HPE uses flash drive, so its working speed is also better. Its node has 2U rack space, so it saves space. View full review »
We only have one virtual machine and we're still exploring it. Overall, it's a super product. The initial setup is easy. The product offers good stability. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
I love all of the features in this solution, but moving VMs between host machines is one that stands out. View full review »
Sr. Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is highly reliable and suits our needs - it's highly popular. Support and the overall community are great. You can find a solution to any issues you have. View full review »
Jeroen De Jonge
Autodidact Quantum Physics- Quantum mechanics. at IC Consultancy
The virtualization is set by itself. vSphere is the best way to have a non-host based fixed solution. We always try to find an agnostic environment where we can restore agnostics or just say, "I need resources capacity." That's why VMware vSphere in particular, has been the best in the past but now also with the evolution of their product. Nowadays, you don't have to use any STEM infrastructure anymore because the bandwidth and the LAN speeds are getting steeper. If you look at the interconnection if you have a dark fiber connection, you can have data sent between locations. It's getting much cheaper. If you use Zerto on top of that, then you are protected against any cyber threats or attacks. If you do it right, if you configure it from the hypervisor layer to external storage and then you have always a way back. It's blocked by the application of the journal. You can always go back to a point in time if you want to restore. If the point in time is as short as possible then you have the best solution. You can leave any additional solutions like CrowdStrike. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance. This his feature comes hand-in-hand with other features of VMware like the DRS, which automatically load-balances the whole VMware farm based on the usage and recommendation. View full review »
Executive Director & Head of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are that it's stable, easy to use, and it's flexible. View full review »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The primary use is the most valuable feature. Being able to virtualize virtual machines on one set of hardware is essentially what it does. View full review »
CEO at a tech consulting company with 201-500 employees
It is very easy to use and very stable. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the vCenter, and SRM. Technically speaking, there is nothing that I don't like. I think that the solution is perfect. It's the best on the market. I have not used all of the features but the features that are provided are perfect. There is nothing that this solution doesn't have. View full review »
Fernando Tamariz
Information Technology Specialist at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the resilience of the solution and vMotion. View full review »
Costinel Tunsoiu
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The performance is efficient. You can log the performance and report on the bottlenecks or any other problems you encounter. View full review »
Rommie Kaputin
IT TECHNICAL/ SERVER ADMINISTRATOR at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have found the Storage vMotion feature to be the most valuable. It is a very user-friendly solution. View full review »
Director Global Security at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are stability and support. The stability of this product is very good, and I have not seen an issue for many years. It is very stable for all of the features that are available today. View full review »
IT Chief with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the reliability for our own servers, the backup of the information on our servers. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
Snapshot and clone: make VM backups for fast recovery options, build systems and reduced setup times. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Gathering all of the hosts together to create one single pool across the enterprise is a terrific feature. View full review »
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The ease of movement of these machines is the most valuable. It is very easy to move these machines between physical hosts. The fast deployment of services is another valuable feature. View full review »
Hazem Mohamed
Deputy Manager IT at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
It has a very high speed, which is a nice feature. View full review »
Network and Systems Administrator at Ishango-it
VMware is good for virtualization. View full review »
Directeur Production, Infrastructure et Architecture IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution. View full review »
Stanley Lee
Principal Engineer at ST Engineering Limited
A valuable feature is the provisioning setup of VMs. It's the most common feature used by our clients. View full review »
Sandy Aitken
VP Cloud Business at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
From a feature set point of view, I am quite comfortable with it. View full review »
Luca Olivotto
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable features are the vMotion, the storage vMotion, the DRS, and the high availability function. View full review »
Huy Le Quang
Solution Architect at Viettel IDC
* vCloud Director, because we may use it as the dashboard for providing cloud services. * vCenter * vSphere, because it helps us in the management of thousands of VMs in the coverage UI. View full review »
Orhangazi Yıldırım
System Architect at KT Bank
vSphere offers the High Availability feature which serves automatic recovery of failed host's virtual machines on another host or hosts in the cluster. Also, DRS makes the cluster balanced. View full review »
Lead System Engineer at MITRE Corporation
The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages. View full review »
Charlie Karam
Chief Technology Officer at Motor City Stamping Inc
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution. It just works. The Disaster Recovery solution is easy to implement. View full review »
Mats Hagberg Olsson
Azure Infrastructure Architect at Wireless Car
It has high clustering and availability features. These features are not found with other hypervisors. View full review »
David Chief
The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments. View full review »
Marcus Hall
Senior Automation Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco
The most valuable features are cloning, snapshots, vMotion, and replication. All of these have increased our ability to recover from failure and balance workloads. View full review »
Muljo Witono
CEO and Owner at PT Solusindo Total Teknikatama
The feature that I have found most valuable is the auto recovery during failure. View full review »
Sree Kumar
Infrastructure Manager at Petrolink
The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance. View full review »
Jason Place
Systems Security Administrator at Twin River Casino
* vMotion * NSX * Dynamic deployment of new servers is critical. View full review »
Tim Crabtree
Internship Student at na
Distributed vSwitch, and vSphere. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSphere. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2020.
455,536 professionals have used our research since 2012.