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Greg Schulz
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Apr 23 2017

What do you think of vSphere?

PART I Have you spent time searching the VMware documentation, on-line forums, venues and books to decide how to make a local dedicated direct attached storage (DAS) type device (e.g. SATA or SAS) be Raw Device Mappings (RDM)' Part two of this post looks at how to make an RDM using an internal SATA HDD. Or how about how to make a Hybrid Hard disk drive (HHDD) that is faster than a regular Hard Disk Drive (HDD) on reads, however more capacity and less cost than a Solid State Device (SSD) actually appear to VMware as a SSD' Recently I had these and some other questions and spent some time looking around, thus this post highlights some great information I have found for addressing the above VMware challenges and some others. The SSD solution is via a post I found on fellow...
Rusty Harrison
Real User
Senior Systems Analyst at International Paper
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I don't think we were using anything before vSphere. I think we led off with it. My partner was thinking for a time... 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... 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... more»

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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... 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... 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,... more»

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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
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VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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