2014-06-08T06:29:00Z

When evaluating Server Virtualization Software, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?


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Vendor

For me personally all of the above are relevant, (except comments like virtual environments are very easy to use, but yet very hard to manage, they're not, they're just different and require more than a Windows Skillset) however I traditionally start from where its going to end and so the question is, what is this going to leave behind? What is the legacy of implementing this? If implementing something causes a technology or vendor lock in, massive support costs, proprietary hardware, specific skills training etc, then it is to be given serious deliberation as to whether it is viable option for the business/organisation in the long term. So my most important criteria is legacy followed by Can we do a Proof of Concept for free therefore minimising investment to just engineering time.

2014-06-24T15:03:40Z
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Real User

A good solution must meet a balance between cost, performance, management, availability and scalability.

2015-08-24T03:38:15Z
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Consultant

I agree with all of the above I will add a -no nonsense approach-...a big dose of simplicity--many a software that has a great capability is immediately thrown out by users or Tech guys and cause a tremendous loss of business hours because of its highly Academic approach and fancy wordings. Here are some examples..Yahoo is successful because of its straight forward interface.
Google one line search approach is another example..Windows 8 was not successful because of its nonsense interface..VMWare workstation is the best example of a successful Interface...One will not need much support if the software is TIDY..in today s age time is of the essence...Tech people must be able to intuitively navigate and learn on the spot and so are the user .so INTERFACE is KEY followed by what the gentlemen described.

2015-03-17T15:53:01Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

- Scalability
- Stability
- TCO and ROI
- Manageability

2017-10-29T09:30:28Z
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Consultant

Hardware/software compatibility
Performance
ROI
Scalability

2017-10-20T14:11:51Z
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Real User

Price, stability, functionality, ease of use, tooling, third party intergration

2017-09-19T11:57:40Z
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Vendor

compute, network, storage, & scalability

2017-09-10T18:21:14Z
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Real User

Industry adoption of the software platform and historical stability of the product line.

2017-06-19T20:15:52Z
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Consultant

Most Important: The ability of the software to support the business need at reasonable cost -- initial costs as well as ongoing support costs. In my case, I'm looking to create a virtual sandbox for Windows application testing as a VM within my existing machine that does not have adverse affects on my daily operations.

2017-05-09T15:50:12Z
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Vendor

Hardware isolation
Backup and recovery
Monitoring and Management
Security: VPN, Firewall, SSH access
Tooling: Automation, REST API, CLI
Alerts and notifications

2017-02-08T14:48:03Z
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Vendor

Scalability, stability, ease of deployment and straightforward operational support. Finally, good technical support from the vendor.
Which also should be cost effective.

2016-07-04T07:24:54Z
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Vendor

1. TCO and ROI
2. Manageability

2016-04-01T10:50:21Z
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Consultant

Scalability, built in automation and self-service application integration and completeness.

2015-12-11T13:26:36Z
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Consultant

Meets the requirements of all aspects
Availability of services
Customer Service

2015-11-18T13:27:11Z
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Vendor

High availability of services.....

2015-11-05T04:04:53Z
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Vendor

Reliability, Performance, Ease of Management, Support and TCO

2015-10-26T01:42:55Z
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Vendor

Performance, Reliability and Support.

2015-10-14T04:20:54Z
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Consultant

1. Reliability
2. Scalability
3. Flexibility
4. TCO

2015-10-12T00:42:57Z
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Top 20Real User

Automation capabilities

2015-10-04T17:20:25Z
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Vendor

Definitely stability, scale and performance.

2015-09-30T17:47:14Z
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Vendor

1. Scalability/Reliability associated with business requirements.
2. Network Security
3. Easy management and handling of disasters.
4. Low OPEX and high ROI

2015-09-30T09:39:38Z
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Vendor

Supportability, Scalability, Flexibility and Performance.

2015-09-28T10:02:46Z
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Top 20LeaderboardUser

Strong solution with fast ROI. Ease of use, and well known in Fortune 500

2015-09-21T09:49:42Z
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Consultant

ease of management, scalability, good features and of course stability

2015-09-18T08:46:26Z
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Vendor

Compatibility with existing systems, ease of setup and configuration.

2015-09-01T15:25:52Z
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Vendor

the best solution should be a balance between performance, management, availability, scalability and cost

2015-08-27T21:08:37Z
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Consultant

When you are researching by a virtualization solution, you must to have in mind what you hop from this technology and how much do you intend to grow (how their environment can grow in a not too distant future).
With this in mind, you can see that we have many possibilities, but some one of them can generate additional costs if you have to increase the environment in a short time period.
Based in this criterias, you need to consider ROI and Scalability as main characteristics to acquire a virtualization system.
In a first moment, a cheaper solution can seems the best, but as said before, if you have to increase the environment quickly, this solution that seemed cheaper could become the most expensive.

2015-08-21T13:16:32Z
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Consultant

Self service provision with seamless interoperability with other proprietary and open source vitalization solutions.

2015-08-20T19:09:54Z
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Consultant

Easy to deploy, OS compatibility, user friendly, stability, reliability, security, scalability, suitable price with the performance

2015-08-19T17:28:07Z
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Vendor

For me, the most important factor is whether it meets the customer's needs or not. There are many use cases for all of the virtualization platforms and not one does everything perfectly. Price is always a factor in meeting the customer's needs, a lot of times the feature list comes after the price.

2015-08-13T18:40:20Z
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Vendor

Beside current requirements fulfillment, Future Enhancements and Capability in case we have double or even more bigger infra. Backup, HA and Fault Tolerance.

2015-07-29T12:54:27Z
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Vendor

i would say live migration scalability, compatibility with backup and storage solutions. efficacy and licensing cost.

2015-07-14T12:58:08Z
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Vendor

the ease of operation

2015-06-30T05:31:23Z
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Vendor

live migration

2015-06-17T15:15:25Z
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Vendor

The System Performance and Cost for the solution.

2015-06-09T14:12:53Z
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Vendor

To reduce the number of physical server using virtualization and optimize the resources in the cost effective way.

2015-06-01T12:23:30Z
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Consultant

* Interoperability with storage systems for reliable HA, vMotion, DRS operations.
* Easy-to-configure process & supportive help files(with diagrammatic representaions) for any new operations included. With this any feature could be executed without any hassle.

2015-05-29T08:24:27Z
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Vendor

Ease of use (especially management), flexibility and scalability.

2015-05-28T09:43:31Z
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Vendor

Virtualization most important criteria
- scalability (being ability to move and build more without outage)
- flexibility, and resiliency (hardware outage without application outage)
- stability (knowing that the system will be available)
- manageability (managing the system with solid tools, and not have to manage the system everyday)

2015-05-26T14:48:22Z
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Vendor

Use of technology with ease of upgrade to enterprise solution.

2015-04-29T13:18:11Z
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Real User

TCO

2015-04-23T12:35:22Z
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Consultant

Stability, scalability and ease of management.

2015-04-20T17:01:44Z
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Vendor

Performance and efficiency. Every bit of degradation between bare metal and the VM client is a cause for concern. I am trying to balance virtualization benefits (scalability and administration) against bare metal performance benefits.

2015-04-20T10:10:31Z
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Vendor

Scalability, stability, ease of deployment
Performance, easy to manage
...

2015-04-17T07:16:43Z
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Vendor

As both a VMWare and Microsoft HyperV instructor, I get to experience both products in a classroom environment as well as a live environment. I look for stability and scaleability first and foremost. By far, VMWare wins hands down in these areas except costs. Now with VMWare NSX (Virtualized routing and Switching) VMware has taken the lead in this area as well. Microsoft is well behind.

2015-04-13T20:08:26Z
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Vendor

Ease of use, stability, flexibility and met the business requirements.

2015-04-07T11:11:30Z
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Vendor

Stability and ease of use/management

2015-03-18T14:29:13Z
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Consultant

Stability, and flexible. meeting all other requirements.

2015-03-15T14:08:40Z
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Vendor

99.9 % Uptime with effective of minimum cost.....!

2015-03-09T16:50:42Z
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Vendor

Storage

2015-03-06T13:35:58Z
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Vendor

Flexibility and easy to adapt

2015-02-10T16:31:20Z
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Consultant

To meet the capability, usability, stability, performance, support and manageability towards business needs.

2015-02-10T12:47:29Z
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Vendor

P2v, scalability , Migration Alternatives, Performance, Support

2015-02-03T18:20:53Z
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Vendor

Flexibility, Scalability, Migration Alternatives, Performance, Support.

2015-02-01T07:10:51Z
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Vendor

Main criteria would be: Scope of OSes supported; Performance & stability; Support; Costs.

2015-01-29T18:21:31Z
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Vendor

SLA should be minimized, Easy to maintain and support.

2015-01-23T17:30:43Z
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Vendor

Ease of end user transition followed by the difficulty to implement. Those are the top two.

2015-01-14T20:50:15Z
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Consultant

The most important criterias when looking for server virtualization software are: business support, certification, features like snapshot, cloning and backup and finally, openess. Clear and supported procedures on how to migrate between the major Virtualization platforms should be made available to make you feel confortable with the choice you make and provide you a way to migrate to an alternate platform in the future. Avoid vendor lock-in !

2015-01-14T14:38:51Z
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Consultant

Performance of different type of the Guest OS hosting on the virtual hypervisor.
Performance of the storage devices connected with the Virtual Server.
Good Knowledge Base with the problems/solutions.
Drivers for the not standard devices (such as ethernet,wifi etc).

2015-01-08T17:34:45Z
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Vendor

Ease to Adapt & maintain and support

2015-01-02T05:05:25Z
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Consultant

Stability, support, do we have the skills within our area and does it meat our Business requirements. Also in what other stacks can it inter-great into.

e.g scom, sccm

Does it have HA and recovery modes that are simple and not hard to use. replication between Production and DR installations must be a simple.

2014-12-29T12:44:26Z
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Vendor

Flexibility, scalability towards business needs.

2014-12-11T21:48:00Z
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Vendor

Inter-interoperability with other vitalization Software and open source solution!

2014-12-04T07:54:49Z
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Vendor

Usability would be first come out of my mind. Going virtualization is already hard. If it is very difficult to use, it will impede use to further using the technology.

2014-12-04T02:57:34Z
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Vendor

Stablity

2014-12-01T18:42:25Z
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Vendor

Easy scalability and management of VM. Also important is backup and restor of single instances.

2014-12-01T08:50:56Z
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Consultant

End to End Security and all that is commented by Phil Durbin

2014-11-14T15:20:42Z
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Vendor

Cost per user, scalability and how management of VM can be decentralized to end users

2014-11-13T08:23:22Z
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Consultant

Most important is it should support most of your application, then come the stability and scalability. Also do not miss the word backup,

2014-11-03T16:18:31Z
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Consultant

P2V and V2P features.

2014-10-26T19:50:38Z
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Consultant

Depend of business, but apply for most ROI, escalibity and flexibility.

2014-10-13T22:29:48Z
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Vendor

Active Active failover between data centers and a single dashboard to cover all the various parts of the virtualization platform.

2014-07-29T11:45:18Z
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Consultant

Scalability, usability, stability, performance. It can be either open or not. Lastly, given the situation, it depends on hands on experience with the product for support. Without support, it's hard to run anything.

2014-06-21T15:30:33Z
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Vendor

Scalability, stability, ease of deployment and straightforward operational support. Finally, good technical support from the vendor.

2014-06-20T12:24:17Z
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Vendor

OS and storage compatibility, scalability ease of use obiviously. But one must also consider the subsequent backup technology associated with it because virtual environments are very easy to use, but yet very hard to manage.

2014-06-20T07:03:29Z
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Vendor

in order to chose a Virtualization software, usually I think business first, meaning it has broad business applications certified stack (ERP, MRP, HR, CRM, Sales), then it must have a clear roadmap that meets IT Strategy (DRP, Backup, SDN) must have a solid support.

2014-06-20T01:43:57Z
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Vendor

ROI and scalability.

2014-06-19T17:18:43Z
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Top 20Real User

+1 for Scalability and stability and I will add that the virtualization solution must be compliant with backup software at least the well known ones.

2014-06-13T11:29:16Z
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Vendor

Flexibility and ease of use

2014-06-12T21:34:48Z
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Consultant

The ability of the software to meet all business requirements.

2014-06-12T17:59:44Z
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