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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I believe IBM Cloud is well suited for individuals who know their product but not so much for cloud strategy. IBM helps us accelerate and plan the cloud journey and allows us to scale. I wouldn't recommend the IBM Cloud if you know how to scale and distribute the servers world wide.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

ESXi excels at providing stable, highly-available resources for most applications. The vast majority of workloads can be virtualized without a penalty. Hardware accelerated assistance is exposed and effective, and the options are plentiful. Adding memory or compute resources is dead simple. Pooling of resources and defining resource priority is top notch. A key to succeeding with ESXi is to give it more than it needs - more memory, more CPU, more network bandwidth. ESXi will manage those resources effectively so long as you give it room to work.
However, with high-transaction databases and some latency-sensitive applications, ESXi may not be the best solution. I've encountered long snapshot times that have disrupted SQL operations when I/O is frozen to create the snapshot. VMware has documented this and actually recommends avoiding snapshot technology in these situations. While not a common scenario this can result in unexpected production issues without thorough, careful planning. ESXi is also not suitable for devices or environments where outboard hardware (USB and other devices) are required. Lastly, the floppy drive has been dead for years. Why is it still present in the default hardware for a virtual machine in the year 2020? Does anyone actually have a need for floppy emulation?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.7
VMware ESXi
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.5
VMware ESXi
8.9
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
VMware ESXi
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.1
VMware ESXi
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.3
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • The performance is top notch. Our on-prem environment was always suffering from lag and general sluggishness. With IBM running everything, it's much smoother.
  • It's always up to date. Our previous environment was always lacking the latest updates and security features. Our audit department enjoys having the peace of mind that everything is up to date.
  • They handle the security of the environment. It allows our security team to focus on higher priority issues. They dont have to worry about making sure our systems are secured.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • ESXi makes management of hosted machines easy. Everything is in one place. If you have a vCenter (which costs extra) to manage all your ESXi hosts, then everything is truly in one place and there is no need to hop around from management tool to management tool. Al the virtual machines' hardware settings, OS information, storage volume information, backup information, even a remote console just like a KVM ... all of it is in one place.
  • ESXi balances workloads well when using vCenter. Behind the scenes, the vCenter allows an ESXi host to "talk to" other ESXi hosts and when one VM has resources usage that gets past a certain threshold, it can move virtual machines around to balance workloads, even while the machines are running and service users. It's completely invisible to the users, who don't experience latency or any kind of interruptions when their VM is being moved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • More marketing capabilities
Trevor Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • I would love for some of the features only available within the upper tiers of ESXi licensing to be available for Standard licensing purchases. There is a vast difference between free, standard, enterprise plus licensing.
  • The learning curve might be an issue for some users, but can be overcome with the vast amount of resources available. You might have to train to find all of the resources as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 3.8
Based on 2 answers
Me, not likely as my current company doesn't use it nor do I use it at home. However, I don't see my previous company ever switching away from it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
It is easy to use and setting it up is simple. The only con is that the pricing is a little bit high as well as documentation is a little low; so we had to do some personal learning to be able to fully utilize the product, or hop on the phone with someone.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I am not engaged in the support aspect of the product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.7
Based on 57 answers
We have had a bit of trouble with support over the last couple versions of ESX. To be fair, some of the issues coincided with a change from detached storage to VSAN. We have had some system level problems (the good news is that we really don't need much normal support) that they have struggled to fix and that support has been slow to respond to and or be proactive to any degree in these issues. Like many companies that I've seen grow so large, this seems to be just what happens.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

We selected VMware over Azure due to the fact that it was already familiar and still offered the same cloud capabilities that Azure would have gained us. This allowed us to keep using the same interface and not have to relearn everything from start to finish with a new product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

We have adopted Nutanix Acropolis as a replacement for our NetApp and a long term replacement for VMWare. VMWare will be interoperable with Nutanix in the near future as a datastore to allow us to slowly migrate to Acropolis or continue to utilize VMWare. VMWare is definitely more full featured than Acropolis however there are some things that are not necessary in VMWare(such as VSan) that are completely built in to Nutanix by design. The Nutanix web interface however is much more responsive.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Deployment for new employees has decreased from 3 weeks to 4 days
Trevor Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • IT can use its hardware budget efficiently by being able to overprovision and reallocate resources.
  • With the ability to quickly provision and reprovision with templates and automation tools, we are able to provide customers with computing resources and VMs when they need them.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

VMware ESXi

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.7
VMware ESXi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
8.2
VMware ESXi
10.0

Support Rating

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
8.2
VMware ESXi
8.7

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