VMware vSphere Valuable Features

Bunmi Sadiq
‎IT Supervisor at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
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 »
DatacenterVirtualizeJunky
Senior Systems Analyst at Manufacturing Organization
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 people who have never been exposed to vSphere or virtualized environments and they're still able to support it from a server standpoint. The training time as well as the adoption rate, for a junior technician or somebody coming right out of college, is very good. Sometimes, the talent pool is hard to fill so having that stability and ease of use is very important to us. View full review »
Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
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 services for emergency services, for police, fire, and the like. We have the ability to use DRS as Anti-Affinity Rules to make sure that those redundant server pairs always stay away from each other. But then, if anything would happen to one of them, we have HA to be able to come up and bring it right up and going again. A lot of companies will say, "Oh no, we lose so much money per hour when something goes," but in our particular use case, if our emergency services would go down, people could actually die. That's a little bit more important. vSphere does offer quite a bit of security stuff built-in. It is nice to know that we can have the virtual machines encrypted, so that if somebody were to get a hold of any of those files, we don't have to worry about them actually being used. Since we do have so many different departments and areas with a lot of people that need access into the solution, we can use the role-based access controls to really restrict and control who can do what, so everybody can do what they need to do, but they can't do anything else past that. I do find vSphere simple and easy to manage. Most of the common tasks that you would do are very quickly available. One particular case that we go in all the time for is provisioning new servers. If you take that to the analogy of the physical world, that was something that, by the time you got it and you plugged it in and you stacked it, you did everything, you got the firmware up and going, you got the OS loaded and patched, you were easily in it for a day to two days, trying to prep up something that way. Just yesterday, I was sitting in a session (here at VMworld 2018) and I got a request for a brand new SQL Server for somebody and it was literally: right-click from template, new machine, here's its name, here's its IP address. Oh, by the way, tag it out as an SQL machine, and in 10 minutes the machine is up and running and is already installing SQL on its own, automatically. So it's pretty cool stuff. View full review »
David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
* 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 problem to solve, especially at the application level. Therefore, being able to rely on the infrastructure to provide a 90:10 or 99:1 rule is more than enough resilience for most applications, and getting that directly from the infrastructure is fantastic. These features are useful day-to-day, because we operate a very large number of single-tenant private ESX deployments, managed by vCenter, as well as VCD-based public cloud. Frankly, with hundreds and thousands of hosts under management, there's no way we could operate that infrastructure without the use of vMotion. The ability to migrate those workloads to free up the physical infrastructure for maintenance activities, patching, BIOS updates, etc., is a critical requirement to operate. An important vSphere feature from a security perspective is VM encryption. As is the right thing to do in this day and age, security needs to be the number one concern for any IT operator. While there are security solutions which can be delivered at the physical, hardware layer, they don't necessarily address all of the requirements from an encryption perspective. Being able to have VM-centric, VM-level encryption is a great feature of vSphere. View full review »
Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
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 that we have of our VMs is also important. What's being applied? Who has management of them? Laying it out in a virtual environment allows us to customize for our students. We're able to respond to the students' needs much more quickly than we could in a physical environment. I found it a little bit daunting at first when I was coming into it raw, but now the management of it is very simple. View full review »
Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* VHA * DRS * VMotion * Redundancy, failover, any DR situation * Reducing the overall physical footprint for electrical needs, heating, cooling * Money-saving, in general View full review »
Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 parent virtual machine. That is wildly amazing and something that wasn't available until 6.7. We are actually making a lot of use of the VM Encryption feature. We're using that mainly because it's a customer requirement, especially after all the changes in the European Union for security. And that's a major issue. We've been adding in NSX and that, combined with the ability to have encrypted VMotion as well, has been huge. In addition, the simplicity and efficiency in managing it has always been one big thing with the entire vSphere suite. It has been very straightforward if you're just using it from the user interface. Hitting the API has always been great, and they're continuing to grow that, which has been really good for us. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
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 products. We can help our customers make their data centers run a lot smoother. View full review »
NetworkAa4a7
Network Administrator with 5,001-10,000 employees
There are various clients, for the environment that we have, that can be used. There's the thick client, there's the web client, there are obviously new clients when we upgrade to vSphere 6.7. One of the things I like with the web client, versus the thick client, is that we're able to access all the vCenters that we manage. With the thick client, you have to log in to one vCenter at a time. View full review »
Infrastr7d14
Infrastructure with 5,001-10,000 employees
What I like about it is being able to see my entire organization, especially with some of the newer enhanced links. All of my data centers show up in one view and I can see every server that's running. I also get performance statistics so if there are issues, major problems going on, I can see them. View full review »
SeniorSyb3f0
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features for us are DRS, VMotion, and, of course, some of the analytics that we were able to define to quantify our workloads and tell us how we are able to make our data center more efficient. It's absolutely efficient and simple to manage in general. Set it up, configure it, then monitor, manage, and maintain. That's it. What makes it simple to manage is that we use a flavor of Auto Deploy, storage policies, among other features around policies, where they come online and their policies are in them. Everything conforms to a policy. It's pretty much set up for good. View full review »
Reviewer3064
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I really value the DRS feature of the solution. Apart from that, there is a high availability in the feature called VMotion. In addition, the centralized management throughout the V-Center software is useful. View full review »
SeniorMa0f8b
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The ability to segregate roles and responsibilities, as well as regions. For example, I can give access to my Chinese team to manage the China servers and hosts. On the other hand, I could give access to my Canadian team to manage global VMware installations. Therefore, I like the flexibility of this tool. We have just migrated most of our SQL and enterprise databases to vSphere. We don't use it for Oracle, but we do for most other things. We also use it for our communications exchange link, etc. Therefore, it is pretty business critical when it comes to the back office support and server implementations. View full review »
Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
* A big feature for us was Quick Boot. You don't have to wait for the host to do a recheck on memory. You do an upgrade, and it's not a 10-minute reboot cycle. You can bring your host online and offline. * Database optimization. They did a lot in enhancing the performance. They took down the memory utilization and increased what it brought in. You see more responsiveness, especially now with having the HTML5 client. It feels like a much snappier product. The biggest feature that everybody wanted was the HTML5 client. This has made everything native where you're able to surf through it. Going into our web page, you're no longer refreshing it. It feels more like an enterprise product now. With Adobe Flash, it didn't feel that way. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
* The hypervisor * I use the ESXi a lot for my users to create their own templates and control their own VMs without my interaction. * The stability of the networking site * I can automate deployments. * I use customization to prevent any network and DNS collisions to the router. Our mission critical apps are mostly database servers. We are pretty much a Windows platform company. View full review »
Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
The most valuable features are the seamless HA with vMotion and being able to run vCenters in HA mode. We use a company called SimpliVity, it's a hyperconverged system that sits on top of VMware. They have a product called RapidDR which automates the entire DR process for us. So in a DR event, we just run a script, and that's it. Between vMotion and vCenter, everything moves over to the DR environment. Also, once you start using it and you get your hands dirty with it, it's very intuitive. I find the menus make sense. Other UIs, specifically Salesforce, for example, can sometimes be weird. Things are in weird places, there are a lot of menus, a lot of dropdowns. Especially, in the new HTML5 Client with vSphere and vCenter, everything is pretty straightforward and easy to find and easy to use. View full review »
Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the scalability and the ease of use. The latter makes it most efficient to use. It is very simple, very easy. We've been doing it for a while now. Most of that comes from having the expertise in-house to run it, and that's why we're here at VMworld 2018. View full review »
Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
The most valuable features of vSphere are really the scalability and its reliability. It's really helped us, as a managed service provider, because we have so many customers that we have to be pretty much on call for, so that when it's up and running and it's working well, that makes our jobs a lot easier. The built-in encryption of vSphere really helps us to secure our customers, especially customers in the medical field who need to be HIPAA compliant. Being able to encrypt the VM itself helps out a ton. I find vSphere very simple and easy to manage. It has a very good GUI that you're able to use. Anybody can log in and start clicking around and figure out how to power on a VM, how to create a new VM. It's pretty streamlined for the most part. As far as the ease of use goes, if you ever were in a situation where something was down, I feel like the logging in VMware makes it really easy to report what's going on. The logging is a really helpful feature. Also, some of the features built in, like vMotion - if you do have a server that's down - you can use something like vMotion to get it back up and running. 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 »
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 »
Rene Van Den Beden
Chief Architect at RoundTower Technologies
* The move towards feature-parity with HTML5 for the user interface. * Also, increasing the release of features, which is partly through the use of that technology stack with VMware Cloud on AWS, so it's a much more robust product right now. * It is a lot more simple and efficient to manage. It has improved a lot from the early days of vSphere 5.x. Lifecycle management and reducing the number of clicks that an administrator has to do to actually do a task have been greatly optimized, particularly with the HTML5 interface. * In terms of more easily managing networks and improving visibility, the two go hand in hand. Compared to the vCloud Air days, it's come a long way. It's a solution that actually works now, and you can use your vSphere staff - who have been trained on and understand vSphere - to actually consume that hybrid cloud with very little or no training. View full review »
Jason Hong-Turney
Lead IT Systems Engineer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
Most valuable features of vSphere 6.7, for us, at the management level would be: * VCHA is a nice redundancy feature that they added in 6.7. * I like the quality of life improvements with the VMFS-6 for using auto UNMAP on the data stores. * We really appreciate the improvements to the Clarity UI where we can manage Update Manager (VUM) and our vSAN stack within the modern interface. The solution is also very simple and efficient to manage. Features that have made it simple and easy to manage include the newer VAMI for the V-center appliance, it's very easy to see what version we are at, and very easy to upgrade to the next version. The fact that we can now use VCHA at the appliance level just decreases our chance of having an outage, because so many of our customers rely on the API interface for V-center. View full review »
ITAnalysac7f
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
* The high availability (HA) * VMotion * The seamless 24-hour uptime We have a lot of databases running on mission critical apps which control our end production line: Exchange, virtualize, and the main controller. We are at about a 85 percent virtualization rate. We also have mission critical apps which conform our factory. View full review »
Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
Day-to-day, the most valuable feature on vSphere is its DRS feature: Distributed Resource Scheduler. We don't need to manage or balance resources. As soon as you come to the office in the morning, it's automatically balanced. We work in a retail company, so you don't know what time the customer will be coming in or what time the work load is high. We are not uniform in terms of our workload. Therefore, it is important for us that when the workload is high, it is automatically optimized. In terms of the vSphere security, the most important feature is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which was launched in 6.7, as well as the encrypted vMotion. These help us to bridge the gap if there is a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack or suspicious activity, so at least our VMware workloads are secure. The best feature that we like is the Web Client. We just login and there is the data center. We don't have to walk to the data center everyday. We just open our laptops, log into our vCenter, and we have our full data store and data center ready. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
VMotion is the biggest feature. It gives us the ability to move things on the fly. That's it. 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 »
Stephen Parker
Systems Engineer at BYU Idaho
The HTML5 interface is much better, it's faster, faster than the old C# Client, which was very nice to have. But with the HTML5 interface, it's smooth, fast, responsive. I can do it from any device, from my Mac, my PC, even from my phone. The solution is very simple to use and to manage. Updates are simple. The biggest feature that enables the ease of use is the fact that you can update via the web interface. With a couple of clicks, the update is done; no manual intervention, you just click Update and it automatically reboots the server for you and you're back up and going again. View full review »
Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
The most valuable feature would be enhanced, what we call, Linked Mode to link our disaster recovery site to our primary site across different vCenters, without being required to be broken apart. Meaning, we have identity management and the actual vCenter servers split. We can actually do embedded now, thanks to vSphere 6.7. For the security features for vSphere 6.7, VM encryption was really critical because we're required to protect virtual machines. We have to adhere to PCI DSS for credit card protection. So the VM encryption was very critical to passing our audit. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the single pane of glass management. There are a number of things which vSphere offers in terms of consolidating infrastructure onto single pieces of hardware. This is instead of having multiple systems running on the OSs that we need. I like the capability of logging into one system, then being able to shift over to another system within that single pane of glass. vSphere is simple to manage. Some of the best parts of managing it is vCenter. I use that to provide entry points for different administrators to login from different environments to manage either physical or virtual servers and resources on the network in our storage site. View full review »
Carlos Filipe Quintas
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Having the ability to deploy fault tolerant VM’s with up to 4 CPUs is fantastic as it goes one level up from a business continuity perspective. Previously, VMware was covering, with just vSphere, backups and DR, and now it also covers a properly functional fault tolerant offering. Single Sign On is another feature that is enhanced and solves much of the older problems, either in deploying or managing it. Cross vendor integration is in my opinion one of the best features. Although all these features are welcome and a must, they come at a price in terms of licensing. View full review »
DesktopS0c59
Desktop Support Supervisor at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is being able to VMotion and migrate easily, moving machines around on the host. I know DRS will take care of a lot about that, but there's still some manual intervention here and there, so the flexibility of it has been really good. It's pretty simple. It's easy to upgrade. View full review »
MichaelScherrer
Senior Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The UI is very intuitive, you don't have to spend hours before you figure it out. All in all, compared to other environments, like Hyper-V, we find vSphere a lot more user-friendly and intuitive to use. View full review »
John_Jones
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
* Stability: Since it is riding inside of a multi-hardware environment, downtime is virtually nothing. That is a plus. * It is simple to manage. * We use two-factor authentication. View full review »
ITInfras287c
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the most valuable features are * the ability to Snapshot so that when we do updates we have a layer of protection for simplified rollback * the replication that we can leverage for data center failures and data center downtime * the ease of migrating workloads from physical device to physical device for maintenance that we have to do on physical servers. View full review »
Stephen Krujelskis
Senior System Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Most valuable features are * quick provisioning * High Availability * DRS for balancing workload. I definitely find vSphere to be simple and efficient to manage. A key feature that enables this is vCenter. It is super simple to stand up, and once you're in there, especially with the new HTML5 client, everything is easy to manage. View full review »
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Sr. Operations Engineer at Kamstrup
For me, the most valuable feature would be the EVC, but EVC has been changed to be per-VM which makes it possible for us to migrate the VMs to cloud and not take into account what hardware they're running on. Also, a big improvement from the previous version is that I'm now able to schedule backup for the VCSA. That is, in my opinion, a huge improvement. The last thing that I think is really great is, I'm now able to boot the OS and not the entire server. That's going to save me a lot of time. I find vSphere easy to manage, especially because of both the vCenter and probably because I've been doing it for 15 years. View full review »
Director8504
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features are its flexibility and the ability to move workload. The built-in security features, such as VM Encryption and support for TPM and VBS, are all important for us, but I can't go into specifics about them. It's also simple and efficient to manage. It's a complex environment but it is one that we can get our staff trained on, it's not like a one-off environment. View full review »
BrianGibson
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most important feature for us is clearly the foundation it provides. In addition to that, we've found the High Availability and flexibility to be important as well. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer 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 »
Valeriu Iordachi
Deputy Director at a government with 501-1,000 employees
* vMotion is one of the most useful features, which helps to provide both flexibility and High Availability. With new versions of vSphere and vCenter, it is still improving (e.g., vMotion across vCenter Servers and virtual switches). * High Availability - it's a useful feature that helps to minimize downtime of VM's and ensure RTO of our business continuity. * Simplicity of installation and usability. For our activity, it is very important to quickly deploy a new instance of ESXi and put it in production. I was surprised to discover a large compatibility of HW equipment from different vendors (Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu) and different generations of hardware. View full review »
Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
This version has added a lot more features to the HTML5 interface and that helps us monitor and manage the system better and faster than with the old interface. I also think it is very easy to manage. When it moved over to HTML5, bringing all those new features into the HTML5 interface, that improved it a lot. I don't know specific performance data points, but I would say it has helped tremendously in being able to stay in one interface and not having to manage multiple, different interfaces in connecting to it. View full review »
Raffaello Poltronieri
Cloud Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature of vSphere 6.7, is the HTML 5. I find it really awesome because it speeded up all our daily operations. It's reliable, stable, and much easier than the previous version. vSphere now is even simpler. It was simple even before, but going through the HTML 5 interface - and 90 percent of the features are on HTML 5 - it's even easier than the previous ones. Version 6.05 still was, it had HTML 5, but not one 100 percent. View full review »
CIO9dd5
CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
* Flexibility * Ease of management View full review »
SystemsAe086
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the simplicity and ease of use for, a small IT department like ours. It's simple and efficient to manage. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Server consolidation. It's extremely simple. Installing the ESXi is a piece of cake and then putting servers on there is really simple, as is having HA and building a cluster for our VM servers. It's very easy. The UI is great with the new HTML. View full review »
DpsaIii8dbb
DPSA III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most important feature is high availability (HA) which monitors the system and restarts virtual machines to a healthy host whenever the system senses an imminent hardware failure. Another great feature is DRS which is VMWare’s load balancing software which keeps our virtual machines running on the server cluster in a balanced manner. This automated system keeps all our systems running with a high uptime. 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 »
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delete at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is that it's not a Windows license. It's also good that it finally has the patch manager included in it. And it's simple and efficient to use. View full review »
Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It is a single pane of glass that lets you access your hosts and VMs. This makes the solution impactful, as you have one place to go to manage everything from one console. The encryption security is great. It is a topic we take into consideration daily. It is important that we enable all the features and make sure our data center is secure. Nobody can hack us, get in, steal information, and use it from our systems. We run an electric grid. Our apps that run on the electric grid are going on VMs, so these are very secure apps. View full review »
it_user515508
User at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
SAAS, SAAS, IAAS using Virtualisation of infrastructure View full review »
NetworkA3fbb
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
It provides us cost savings. We are able to virtualize instead of buying many physical servers. Therefore, we can buy one server and add VMs on top of it. The SQL Servers are our mission critical apps. View full review »
ReviewerH635
Network Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It is user-friendly and easy to use. View full review »
ProjectLeader892
Project Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features for us are HA, DRS, and SDRS. View full review »
Ajay Dand
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We truly value the security of the solution. We also value the consolidation, which can be done in terms of releasing the hardware footprint, and the service call. Furthermore, the automation and ease, as well as source utilization are key features of this product. View full review »
ITProfes763a
IT Professional with 5,001-10,000 employees
Its most valuable features are reliability, for sure, and quickness in getting the job done. I can spin off 100 or 200 machines in the matter of half an hour. View full review »
Researcher952
Researcher and Professor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I find that the Virtual Center Management, iSCSI support, and VMotion hot migration are very beneficial. With these features, we have faster server deployments, additional security for development projects, and easier backups. View full review »
it_user321198
Cloud Automation and Integration Focal at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* DRS * Distributed virtual switches * vMotion * HA * Extensibility - you can ring in many ecosystems View full review »
Daniel Pietrasanta
IT Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It's a very nice tool to be able to reduce your footprint, consolidate servers, and accumulate several servers in a high-density configuration. It's pretty simple to manage. View full review »
ITInfras39c9
IT Infrastructure Team Lead / Project Lead IT at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware's high availability which supports our SLA, VMware on the fly features like LUN expansion, P2V and API integrations are the most valuable features. View full review »
Keith Luken
Manager - System Engineering and Storage at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Core virtualizaton * Basic hypervisor functions with HA View full review »
Engineer353
VMware Engineer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
* HA * DRS * Snapshot * FT * vMotion * SvMotion View full review »
Mike Yocum
IT Systems Administrator II at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The vMotion feature. View full review »
Chris Ramos
Technical Education Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The features we most value are: * High availability (in ESXi) * Disaster recovery (via SRM) * Self-service portal via vRealize automation View full review »
ReviewerU8183
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 »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
* Its consolidation. * Its simplicity of usage. * It is easy to maintain our data machines and take snapshots with the solution. View full review »
SystemD51791
System Developer/Engineer with 51-200 employees
vSphere is very stable, reliable. View full review »
Svein Johansen
Professional ICT at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
It's easy to use. View full review »
C7843E
Technical Support at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It provides a new environment in an expedient manner. It is a better use of resources between the servers. As we can use these resources better, it helps our TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) analysis. 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 »
Samer Hamwi
Sr. IT & Business Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
vSphere brings the features required for an enterprise class system with a lot of supporting components: An intuitive user experience that simplifies and helps operational management, e.g. provisioning and monitoring the status of the VMs and the underlying resources capacity. 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 »
ITManageb049
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
* Ease of access * Manageability We use it for our VDI infrastructure and managing virtual machines. View full review »
it_user499017
Lead System Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Usability is the most valuable feature. View full review »
ANDY HARK
Electronic Engineer in Telecommunications and Master in Technologies and Systems of Communications
* vMotion * vCenter All the features in the vSphere essentials are great in helping the administrators manage the virtual platform. View full review »
Justin Melton
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Virtualization of our environment has made our carbon footprint, the real estate necessary and the ease of deployment in time savings significant. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at a software R&D company with 11-50 employees
Snapshot and clone: make VM backups for fast recovery options, build systems and reduced setup times. View full review »
Bobby Shirley
Desktop Support Specialist at Bank Independent
* Usability * Convenience View full review »
Huy Le Quang
Solution Architect with 10,001+ employees
* 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 a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 »
David Chief
User
The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments. View full review »
Mats Hagberg Olsson
System Design Specialist at Castra AB
It has high clustering and availability features. These features are not found with other hypervisors. View full review »
Muljo Witono
CEO and Owner with 51-200 employees
The feature that I have found most valuable is the auto recovery during failure. View full review »
Jason Place
Systems Security Administrator with 201-500 employees
* vMotion * NSX * Dynamic deployment of new servers is critical. View full review »
Tim Crabtree
Internship Student
Distributed vSwitch, and vSphere. View full review »

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