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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • vSphere ranks higher in 1 feature set: Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

8.6

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

86%
9.2

vSphere

92%
vSphere ranks higher in 5/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.4
84%
23 Ratings
9.0
90%
59 Ratings

Management console

8.4
84%
23 Ratings
9.4
94%
64 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

8.6
86%
22 Ratings
9.0
90%
57 Ratings

Live virtual machine migration

8.6
86%
21 Ratings
9.4
94%
62 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.8
88%
23 Ratings
9.2
92%
59 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • vSphere is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating
  • IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions and vSphere are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

82%
23 Ratings
9.4

vSphere

94%
67 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

80%
1 Rating
10.0

vSphere

100%
6 Ratings

Usability

9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
3 Ratings
9.3

vSphere

93%
11 Ratings

Availability

9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
2 Ratings

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
2 Ratings

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
10 Ratings
9.0

vSphere

90%
36 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.5

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

75%
4 Ratings
9.0

vSphere

90%
4 Ratings

Contract Terms and Pricing Model

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

vSphere

85%
6 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

80%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Professional Services

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7

vSphere

97%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

I think IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions would be a good fit for a medium to a large company looking to outsource their current in-house VMware products. The IBM solution would allow them to outsource their current infrastructure so that the company could then concentrate on their core business, whatever that may be. A smaller company with a smaller VMware footprint would probably not be a good fit here. It's a pretty complex process to get things started, so it might not be worth it for a smaller company.
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VMware

vSphere is well suited for multiple VMWare hosts and can be very useful in larger enterprises where vMotion is used to load balance and failover running virtual machines. In smaller businesses with one or two hosts then the features can be overkill. The addition of virtual TPM support is a very nice addition to provide vm security in a more Microsoft supported methodology.
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Pros

IBM

  • Adaptable valuing relying upon size and scale.
  • The presentation is first rate. Our on-prem climate was continually experiencing slack and general languor. With IBM running everything, it's much smoother.
  • Start another group as little as one ESXi worker or scale a current bunch.
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VMware

  • vMotion that provides seamless movement of Virtual Machines between physical hosts and datastores.
  • Ease of Manage: vCenter provides very good management experience to the users.
  • It provides hassle free upgrade of versions, which requires good planning.
  • Easy to manage datastore, networks, CPU and memory resources.
  • It also allows to convert the physical machine and bring it to vSphere Environment with minimum effort.
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Cons

IBM

  • Support is horrible and or non-existent
  • Documentation is out of date and incorrect for the most part
  • IBM employees and salespeople are not aware of features or offerings
  • Does not integrate the Zerto, only Veeam and has limited options for data migration
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VMware

  • Allow enable EVC without requiring host shutdown
  • More detail in recent tasks. Instead of just showing a task called "Reconfigure virtual machine" also have a link to more detailed information as to what was reconfigured, changed or removed.
  • Allow searching tasks or events
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Pricing Details

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

Starting Price

$9 Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)

Editions & Modules

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
On-demand0.01011
On-demand0.092
On-demand0.0000683
Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)12.804
Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.095
Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.0000686
Add-on13.007
Add-on0.0001648
Add-on0.0000419

Footnotes

  1. Per vCPU (hourly)
  2. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
  3. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB
  4. Microsoft license (monthly) per 1 vCPU²
  5. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
  6. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB (Per gigabyte of storage (hourly))
  7. Veeam backup license
  8. IBM Cloud Block Storage 1 GB (hourly)
  9. IBM Cloud Object Storage Cross-Regional Smart Tier 1 GB (hourly)

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional

Additional Details

Pricing Info

vSphere

Starting Price

$995 per year

Editions & Modules

vSphere editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Standard$995.001
Enterprise$3,995.002

Footnotes

  1. per year
  2. per year

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

IBM

We are highly likely to renew this product as it has quickly very integral across our organization and is useful in almost all of our core data analytics and business processes. We have to ensure the cost side is manageable and still worth it upon renewal - but don't see this as a major hurdle
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VMware

We are constantly looking for change that will benefit our company. We are not ones to stick with a product simply because it is what we know, but rather looking for what fits us best. We can't imagine another product on the market today doing a better job of handling our infrastructure than vSphere.
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Usability

IBM

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.
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VMware

It is a highly documented suite. If you are unsure of how to do something, a simple search will yield hundreds of results showing you how to do it. Support is also available if you need to talk to an expert.
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Reliability and Availability

IBM

We view IBM as one of the most reliable vendors we have dealt with from an availability perspective. No issue whatsoever in terms of getting answers and solutions in a timely manner when we need them.
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VMware

No answers on this topic

Performance

IBM

We use this product both on a stand alone basis and have also integrated it with various internal systems. We have not experienced any delay / issues when using the product in either instance - excellent and consistent performer across the board
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VMware

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

IBM

Overall, just a great experience here. No one in my opinion gets a perfect 10/10 rating (no one is ever perfect), so 9/10 is probably as good as it gets! From initial planning to post implementation support, the IBM Cloud and professional services has been there for my group as much as we have needed them. Great job!
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VMware

I rarely ever have to contact support and when I do need to resolve an issue, there is always an abundance of kb articles and research information available that can help quickly resolve the issue. Depending on the type of support contract you have, you may get support from some offshore group in another country and this could be a little challenging because of the language barrier.
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Implementation Rating

IBM

IBM professional services helped us plan and implement the project with great success. They guided the project from planning, scoping, pre-implementation, testing, roll-out, then production and post-production support. We were very impressed with their knowledge of VMware and really appreciated their desire to make our project a success. I would highly recommend them!
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VMware

Just make sure that when you implement, that the person implementing truly knows what they are doing and has a plan of action coming in. Since our initial implementation using a consulting service, I have implemented a few vSphere just from what I learned at the initial implementation and use over time, and the person implementing really needs to know what they are doing or you will miss out on features that may help you down the line
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Alternatives Considered

IBM

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions stacks up against them, we fully agree there are so many features in IBM cloud for VMware Solutions that make it unique and different. The system provides us hypervisor security level and the system even has live backup and storage capacity of data. This system provides us with accuracy that helps us to reduce errors and vulnerability.
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VMware

vSphere has a lot more feature sets than Hyper-V but at a much higher cost of entry versus MS Hyper-V. I have not been able to play with Hyper-V as much as I would have liked, but the setup and ongoing maintenance seems to be easier in vSphere than with Hyper-V
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model

IBM

No answers on this topic

VMware

The pricing of the product is high as compared to the other products available in the market. All the editions have different pricing you can choose according to your need. The pricing is expensive but it is worth it. You can check the requirements on the company website as per the number of VMs and ESXi hosts.
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Scalability

IBM

The product is highly scalable - our primary concern upon implementation was this very issue. We found it integrates with our own internal systems in a very seamless manner - have had absolutely no issues on this front
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VMware

No answers on this topic

Professional Services

IBM

No answers on this topic

VMware

As I said earlier, they're always ready to understand our issues and propose the best and most appropriate solution for issues all the time. The security patches solution is accordingly to the business needs. Another scenario is their Knowledge Base where
they're many articles that help you in order to solve something which
is wrong.
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Return on Investment

IBM

  • 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

  • Having vSphere helped my business quickly recover from a ransomware attack which would have crippled us for weeks if we were not virtualized. I think the ROI on something like that is immeasurable.
  • vSphere has allowed my company to purchase bigger server hardware to host 3 or 4 virtual servers, which was at a cost much lower than buying 3 or 4 server hardware boxes, saving us thousands each time we need to upgrade hardware.
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