What do you like most about VMware vSphere?
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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.
The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.
It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.
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.
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.
The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.
We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.
The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.
It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).
Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.
The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.
It is highly scalable. We need to scale out and up, and we can do that with vSphere. We can easily add more storage, drives, or memory.
It is highly scalable. We can add new hardware and expand the infrastructure easily.
It is fairly easy to use and has enhanced security.
We saved a lot of time and hardware with this solution. It also prevents fewer incidents.
Gathering all of the hosts together to create one single pool across the enterprise is a terrific feature.
It is a powerful solution that enables us to take a snapshot and clone any version of machine.
The DRS feature of this solution is a very valuable feature.
The scalability of the solution is good. You can scale up to maximum levels.
It has high clustering and availability features. These features are not found with other hypervisors.
Most valuable features are quick provisioning, High Availability, and DRS for balancing workload.
The main benefit of the version 6.7 is that it makes end-users able to use the interface much more effectively. They don't have to install a client on their machine, they can do it from their phone, their laptop, their tablet, any OS, anytime. It's a better experience for the end-user.
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 v6.7. I like the quality of life improvements with the VMFS-6 for using auto UNMAP on the data stores. And we really appreciate the improvements to the Clarity UI where we can manage Update Manager (VUM) and our vSAN stack within the modern interface.
In the past, we struggled with VM encryption. We couldn't encrypt the virtual machines with older versions of vSphere without some kind of third-party tool. Now, with 6.7, it's all in the application itself, in vSphere. We no longer have to procure additional products to meet that requirement. We can just do it on the fly, and pass our audit with no issues.
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.
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.
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 not able to boot the OS and not the entire server. That's going to save me a lot of time.
The ability to to virtualize systems and run those virtual workloads with a fewer number of servers is tremendous.
vMotion radically changes the way we think about how we can operate a large infrastructure, and notably, in terms of proactive maintenance.
We have seen a tremendous performance boost. From when we started this VMware engagement in 2016 until now, we have seen around a 70 percent performance boost. This is a good number.
Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.
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.
Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.
You see more responsiveness, especially now with having the HTML5 client. It feels like a much snappier product.
The redundancy, the failover, the ability to stay up and running 24/7, all the various tools that are in there, high-availability, DRS, are very critical to us.
As an end-user, I would say it has allowed us to have the flexibility of moving around our workloads on different machines, and not having to worry if anything is down.
It provides a new environment in an expedient manner.
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.
VMotion is the biggest feature. It gives us the ability to move things on the fly.
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.
Server consolidation. Getting rid of our physical servers and going virtual is saving us some money in overall rack space.
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.
We have seen a performance boost because we have been able to more dynamically allocate either memory or processors.
Visibility: We can easily pull reports and give access to other people to look at specs or performance metrics.
The VMware community is always there and it is a valuable resource.
It is a single pane of glass that lets you access your hosts and VMs.
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.
We don't have any downtime because it was built right.
The most valuable features are the seamless HA with vMotion and being able to run vCenters in HA mode.
It makes managing your virtual servers easier and more centralized.
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.
The most valuable features are its flexibility and the ability to move workload.
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.
We have removed the need for backups and going to the office at three in the morning to change a server. I do everything during my business hours. It gave me my life back.
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.
We find the solution simple and efficient to manage.
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 for the federal level so I don't have to either bolt something on or have something on top of it. Having it native and integrated into the system makes things much easier.
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.
We use it for our VDI infrastructure and managing virtual machines.
We have seen an improvement in uptime. The whole hardware lifecycle process is easier.
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.
The benefit of the solution is that you can create template-based servers within minutes. If you were to use a physical server, it would probably take several hours, if not a whole day, to get everything set up the way you need.
It is easy to maintain our data machines and take snapshots with the solution.
We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.