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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.
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VMware ESXi

VMWare is well suited for a mid sized company that absolutely has to have technical support however other most other hypervisors based on KVM have caught up and in many cases surpassed VMWare's offerings in performance and affordability. I also can't recommend VMWare ESXi in it's current state with the web client the way it is from a Linux administration perspective.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.5
VMware ESXi
8.4
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.0
VMware ESXi
8.7
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
VMware ESXi
7.6
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.9
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.5
VMware ESXi
8.9
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.6
VMware ESXi
8.5

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Ease of use - we don't want to spend extra hours trying to figure out a problem
  • Easy Setup - onboarding was simple and quick
  • Great documentation - Most of the answers to our questions are very easily accessible without additional help
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VMware ESXi

  • Virtualization allows us to create machines that handle specific tasks rather than a bare metal OS that uses the entire hardware; on bare metal, an admin has to use the machine to handle multiple tasks which is confusing to administrate.
  • VMware is fantastic at migrating systems between hosts. This is important to distribute load and for consideration in case of hardware failure.
  • VMware makes automation a snap, we currently use puppet & kickstart for our automation software. Virtualization allows us to be agile in creating systems and destroying them. Before VMware we had to provision machines by hand which is costly in labor costs.
  • VMware has some exciting verticals that integrate well with its hypervisor, VSan comes to mind which helped us address our need for resiliency in case of a hardware fault.
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Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • I wish it were a bit easier to manage user access.
  • The initial configuration process could be a bit more streamlined.
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VMware ESXi

  • VMWare ESXi 5.0 introduced a Adobe Flash based web interface as it's primary way of interfacing with the hypervisor and it was near unusable when it first launched; sluggish and buggy. VMWare ESXi 6 is a vast improvement over 5.0, however it is still very sluggish and buggy(especially when logging in to the interface). Another thing that concerns me as a Linux DevOps engineer, since it is using Flash, the version of Flash it requires is not even supported on Linux Chrome anymore with no future upgrade path!
  • VMware really needs to scrap the entire code base for the web interface, its an abomination and rebuild it in HTML5. This is the primary reason why I give VMWare ESXi a 7.
  • VMWare ESXi's verticals are also one of its faults. Since their products are completely interoperable with each other, it makes it difficult to switch to another platform in the future. Furthermore, some of the other compelling open source solutions such as Ceph(as opposed to VSan) are unsupported as a back end for VMWare.
  • We have servers between Intel and AMD, there is an artificial limitation VMWare has imposed that prohibits live migration between VMWare hosts between different CPU types.
  • VMWare ESXi us unable to add additional CPU or memory to live systems while other competing hypervisors are able to.
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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.
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Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Everything is very clearly laid out. Being familiar with vSphere already, it was a quick transition over to the IBM environment. This allowed us to spend less time on the implementation phase and move quickly to actually utilizing the system on a day to day basis. Also, the performance is very good. No lagginess to the website like our previous on-prem environment.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is fairly intuitive for most things, and the areas that are a little less obvious usually have fantastic documentation in the online knowledgebase. In 3-4 years of managing our ESXi hosts, I think that I have only opened 4-5 support cases for things that I could not figure out myself or find answers to on the website.
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Support

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 7.9
Based on 3 answers
The support is great, there is a lot of documentation and easy to navigate FAQs. [There are] Some gaps in the knowledge base. In addition, the support team is very useful and responds within a relative time-frame if we need hands-on assistance. Overall, we have felt supported throughout our use with the product.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I have never waited on hold for longer than 5-10 minutes, and the people I get are always friendly and ready to help. We had one random corner case problem that had to be escalated twice, and even that was handled within a few hours rather than days, which I have experienced with some other companies.
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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.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi, along with being free, was easy to setup and get started with. Compared to the Windows Server environment, I found VMware tools more intuitive. Also, we were able to use VMware ESXi on lower powered servers with little overhead cost compared to the Microsoft Windows solutions. This meant that we didn't need to spend as much on hardware, and still accomplish our goals.
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Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
  • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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VMware ESXi

  • In this environment, it has allowed us to purchase one quality server instead of 4 lower quality machines to handle the different workload required by the organization.
  • The decrease in power from running one machine instead of 4 is not negligible.
  • The ability to fire up test machines or provide remote systems has saved a precious time for remote workers.
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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

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