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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenShift

As with any solution, it depends on how and why you want to deploy it. OpenShift is excellent for medium to large deployments, but I would caution against smaller deployments unless you're planning on ramping up to a larger deployment in short order. It just doesn't make financial sense to deploy it in a small configuration.
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

Platform-as-a-Service

OpenShift
8.3
VMware ESXi
Ease of building user interfaces
OpenShift
8.7
VMware ESXi
Scalability
OpenShift
8.7
VMware ESXi
Platform management overhead
OpenShift
7.9
VMware ESXi
Workflow engine capability
OpenShift
8.1
VMware ESXi
Platform access control
OpenShift
9.4
VMware ESXi
Services-enabled integration
OpenShift
8.3
VMware ESXi
Development environment creation
OpenShift
8.7
VMware ESXi
Development environment replication
OpenShift
8.4
VMware ESXi
Issue monitoring and notification
OpenShift
7.0
VMware ESXi
Issue recovery
OpenShift
7.3
VMware ESXi
Upgrades and platform fixes
OpenShift
8.9
VMware ESXi

Server Virtualization

OpenShift
VMware ESXi
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
OpenShift
VMware ESXi
8.9
Management console
OpenShift
VMware ESXi
8.6
Live virtual machine backup
OpenShift
VMware ESXi
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
OpenShift
VMware ESXi
9.5
Hypervisor-level security
OpenShift
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

OpenShift

  • Pre built cartridges, giving a huge range of software ready to go. Reduces the amount of time required to get up and running.
  • Integration with GIT was an advantage, cloning the repo and making changes was straight forward.
  • Speed, creating an environment in minutes, ready to deploy.
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

OpenShift

  • I would like to see a public cloud using OpenShift and Docker integration. I am not aware if this is already available now.
  • I would like to see a tool that can help with extracting log files from the remote server like it being available on a Samba shared folder. And other applications that want to scan for keywords in the application log can check if there have been any errors or exceptions thrown by the application.
Sonam Samdupkhangsar | 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

OpenShift

OpenShift 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Leverage OpenShift Online constantly at both the free and paid tiers. While AWS is convenient, it often brings more administration than I want to deal with for a quick application (i.e. Drupal or Wordpress blog). OpenShift also simplifies the DNS registration and ability to share application environments with team members
Isaac Christoffersen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

OpenShift

OpenShift 8.5
Based on 2 answers
It is easy to understand. Gives our team freedom to focus on the quality of our coding and not worry too much about build and deployment which honestly can be a headache for some of us. Also, customer support is fast and responsive so we don't have to wait for weeks for issues to get fixed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

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

Support Rating

OpenShift

OpenShift 9.0
Based on 4 answers
First of all OpenShift Help Portal is a great place to get assistance in case of any OpenShift platform related technical questions. When it comes to paid support subscription friendly support agents can find the right answer for you in a matter of minutes which is super efficient way of solving any critical issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.7
Based on 59 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

OpenShift

EC2 seems really cheap until you realize how many hours there are in a year, so it is expensive for something that runs 24/7. And scaling is a challenge (and even more expensive) to set up for.Bluehost has very reasonable prices, but it feels so cluttered whenever I login to cPanel. Thank goodness they have an SSH option also, but I remember having to send a picture ID or something and pay extra for the privilege
Peter Ivie | 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

OpenShift

  • Cost - OpenShift is extremely inexpensive. I use a free account for Dev and QA. For production, I am planning on using a low cost paid subscription.
  • Time - You can get your application up and running in minutes so if you find that the service is not for you, you don't have much to lose.
Keith D. Moore | 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

OpenShift

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
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

OpenShift
9.0
VMware ESXi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

OpenShift
10.0
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

OpenShift
8.5
VMware ESXi
10.0

Reliability and Availability

OpenShift
5.5
VMware ESXi

Support Rating

OpenShift
9.0
VMware ESXi
8.7

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