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Score 8.8 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Kubernetes

  1. Kubernetes is very easy to get started and to set up
  2. It has various deployment options, file systems and service types making it suitable for several use cases besides Machine Learning
  3. Extends the functionality of Docker's rich functionality making it a deadly combination
  4. The rough edges in file system, utilization and resource management should be fixed to be adopted as a standard in a company
  5. Its extremely vast Python library makes it easy to build services on top of kubernetes. However the API is quite complex and documentation is quite poor
Nitin Pasumarthy | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

vSphere is the complete vmware package. If you are interested in becoming a vmware customer, vSphere makes the entire management platform nice to work with. The benefits of working with virtual machines is made possible by vSphere. I cannot think of any scenario where vSphere would not be a great solution for managing virtual servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Kubernetes
vSphere
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Kubernetes
vSphere
8.8
Management console
Kubernetes
vSphere
8.7
Live virtual machine backup
Kubernetes
vSphere
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
Kubernetes
vSphere
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Kubernetes
vSphere
9.0

Pros

Kubernetes

  • Cost-effectiveness, Kubernetes is free and open source.
  • Scalability, Kubernetes works regardless of how many pods it's managing; be it ten or a thousand.
  • Low overhead, Kubernetes adds very little performance cost per developer per machine. The benefits of having a managed system vastly outweigh the minor performance cost.
  • Large market share, Kubernetes is one of the top container orchestration tools used by developers today. This has been immensely helpful when finding new talent who are familiar with Kubernetes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

  • Makes your server hardware independent, so you no longer need to worry about hardware failure and where to find specific replacement parts.
  • Reallocation of server resources quickly and on the fly, so if your server is slowing down, you can beef it up with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Server recovery, when there is a problem, you can restore a backed up entire virtual server to the recovered host or a new host quickly and easily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kubernetes

  • Speed of error detection - many times, in attempting to fix a problem, I found that kubernetes just had a delay in handling an automated fix. By changing the system, I was playing a cat and mouse game with kubernetes' attempts to auto-fix the error.
  • Sensible logging - many of the logs are difficult to decipher and too verbose to be useful.
  • The learning curve is high - it took many months of working with Google, in which both I and Google Support Engineers learned a lot about how Kubernetes works. The learning curve is not for people looking for quick and easy out of the box.
Adam Eivy | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

  • The Web client is annoying - Ever since they deprecated the C# client, the web client has been a pain to use. The newest HTML5 client seems to finally be addressing this concern, but I still want the fat client back. Nothing was more reliable.
  • SDN should be included in pricing - VMware could lead the world into a software-defined network revolution, but for now, it costs so much, that only the most mature IT environments and larger companies can afford to pay to play that game.
Daniel Hereford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Kubernetes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 5 answers
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.
Aaron Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Kubernetes

Kubernetes 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Documentation for Kubernetes is better than usual, and there are a variety of paid support offerings available from a variety of consultant shops. Explicit examples for specific features are sometimes hard to come by due to the wide array of features available, and the documentation can be overwhelming. Further, without any first-party paid offering, it's sometimes hard to know who to reach out to for support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

vSphere 8.8
Based on 15 answers
My experience with VMware support is that they run a very good support center. For small incidents or configuration questions, while they may take a little while to get back to you, they are typically knowledgeable and helpful. For major and business-critical issues, they are responsive and very effective at getting resolutions in a timely manner. I've had many calls with their engineers, and it is not very often that it takes them long to figure out root causes.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Kubernetes

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Aaron Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Kubernetes

Docker Swarm is not as advanced as Kubernetes and there are no out of the box solutions for auto scaling and deployment strategies. Docker swarm doesnot have much experience with production deployments at scale. Swarm has a smaller community, and less frequent releases as compared to the very big Kubernetes Community and its rapid releases.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

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
Hans Huang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kubernetes

  • We switched from Chef, so we got a HUGE amount of ROI by switching our microservices over to Kubernetes 8. A lot less code, a lot easier to test, and immutable images means we have just one build and that artifact goes through all the environments.
  • Automated deploys are SUPER easy with Kubernetes 8. We just have simple scripts listening on a GitHub repo for changes that applies/creates all the Kubernetes 8 pieces we need. Everyone has the power to deploy to any of the clusters through code and code reviews.
  • Shrunk our devops need dramatically, everything just works.
Jake Luby | TrustRadius Reviewer

vSphere

  • We've had a positive ROI since deploying vSphere in our environment. We were able to minimize the number of physical servers we had running by combining some servers and their apps into one virtual machine. We also experience less downtime since vSphere is equipped with a failover feature that will allow another virtual machine to take over if we have problems with one system. The reporting feature allows us to stay on top of application performance, system errors, and other necessary tasks that keep our environment running smoothly.
  • The only negative impact we've had is in the finance category. Buying and maintaining licenses and maintenance agreements is very expensive.
Roberta Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Kubernetes

General

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

vSphere

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kubernetes
9.7
vSphere
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Kubernetes
vSphere
9.0

Support Rating

Kubernetes
8.0
vSphere
8.8

Implementation Rating

Kubernetes
vSphere
9.0

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