If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering VMware Cloud Foundation, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would definitely advise looking at the hardware first and deciding whether you'd prefer performance or storing data. I would use different setups for different VMs. For the network, do your math before you set it up. It's complete right now. The new release has just been released. If the container orchestrator isn't there, I would like to see that in the next release. I would rate it a ten out of ten.
They should think about the different price perspective for our country, Bangladesh, since we are a developing country. Our customers have to pay more than any other PC and laptop they are buying which is why customers don't end up buying it. VMware has to consider under-developed countries where a PC is $400 but for VDI their licensing is more than $1,000. Their licensing is more than $1,000 per user and the customer has to buy the hardware separately. Customers don't pick this solution because it's too expensive. I would rate this solution as a nine out of ten. In the next release, I would like to see better integration with NSX.
I would recommend this solution, but some of my colleagues have concerns regarding the pricing. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
I believe it is a good product and our customers are satisfied with it, so I will rate it a seven out of ten.
It is always a good idea to go for training. I would not recommend this solution for somebody who has no idea at all. It is simple, but not so simple that you can't do it without training. Over time, VMware has improved a lot in terms of the interface and it's getting easier to use with a cleaner dashboard. One of the biggest things that I have learned from using this solution is how much I appreciate the GUI. I come from a background where I used the command line often. When I started using this solution, I loved the GUI. It is excellent to use and to troubleshoot. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
For enterprise companies and huge data centers, you need a new cloud for each system. It's not acceptable so we try to work with everything centralized on-premises. Telecommunication companies must have a cloud solution and on-premises. For everyday work, they will want to implement virtual machines. To maintain all those systems they need to have centralized management. A huge company must have these products. But it will be very costly for a small company or medium enterprise company. The complexity depends on the size of the company. You need to enhance the workflows. Some things are difficult to incorporate as a new workflow. It is difficult but the end result is good. So, I recommend enhancing workflows first. On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate VMware Cloud Foundation as a seven.
We use various deployment models; it's dependant on the client. We're a VMware partner. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.