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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

I believe it's an excellent solution for any scenario which requires virtualization. The only scenario where it might not be the best solution would be in building out a cloud infrastructure - you could certainly integrate RHEV for something like that but I think that either OpenStack or CloudStack might be a better solution for building cloud environments.
Matthew J. Fitzpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

ESXi is the right host OS if you want all the features a host OS would normally need to provide AND if you ware willing to pay for the license. It's not cheap. You will also want to pay for VMWare support unless you have an on-staff VMWare admin who really knows their way around ESXi and vSphere / vCenter functions. If you want a free hypervisor? Then you need to try Hyper-V first to see if it can do everything you think it should be able to do. Hyper-V comes with Windows (both the server and PC flavors) as a role. It can do some basic functions of a host. But it doesn't have all the full capabilities and management features that ESXi hosts do when managed with vSphere / vCenter.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.0
VMware ESXi
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.4
VMware ESXi
8.8
Management console
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.2
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
7.1
VMware ESXi
8.7
Live virtual machine migration
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.5
VMware ESXi
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.8
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • RHEV can acquire user and group information from an Active Directory service without a great deal of confusing configuration.
  • RHEV management is browser-based and can be accessed from any platform.
  • Online Snapshot capability, provides a better redundancy than vsphere.
Ian Neveu | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • Just works. VMware ESXi is a proven solution with a lot of additional components that provide more value.
  • VMware ESXi is a great platform for new users to learn. Having both GUI and CLI components to manage the host server and subsequent virtual machines allow for click-based admins to get work done, while also providing the avenues for streamlining with automation within CLI based connections.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • Ran into a regression when updating firmware for IGEL
  • Desktop froze and became non responsive on a few occasions.
  • Server crashed and took down all the clients in the Thin setup.
Emile Swarts | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • Licensing cost can be a challenge for starting to use and maintaining ESXi. There are ways to mitigate this using less CPU sockets with more cores but you have to be aware of this or it gets very expensive to purchase and maintain.
  • In the early years of use, the product was more rock solid in progressions through new versions. Lately, we have had a few issues crop up with trying to maintain the most current versions. We have subsequently stayed a bit behind to let them work out issues.
  • Support for the product has also seemingly suffered as it has grown very large. We don't have many problems in quantity, but when we do occasionally have one crop up, first tier hasn't seemed super effective and the process has been a bit drawn out without any real resolution at times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

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

Support

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.6
Based on 53 answers
Just about every time I have used VMWare support they have been very knowledgeable and were able to fix my issue right away. I've only had a couple of times where I had to get my problem escalated to another higher level engineer. At the end of the day, they were always able to fix any problem I had.
Kurt Pritchett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

VMware ESXi is a more mature technology, as it has been around for a longer period of time. However, automating ESXi installations requires hacking OEM media and an intense amount of knowledge of how ESXi operates under the hood. The WebUI and associated functionality for ESXi is more stable than RHEV, however ESXi does not support open-source community projects such as Gluster, Cinder, or Glance natively and relies on HW RAID, NAS, or SAN to achieve high availability. Additionally ESXi licenses tend to be more expensive than using RHEV or it's freely available sibling oVirt.
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • Replacement costs are high for employee PC hardware and such a product has helped cut down costs and will continue to do so once deployed across more departments
  • Increased availability and manageability
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • While using VMware ESXI for our virtual infrastructure hosts, we have had a little downtime, and the VMware ESXI system has caused none of the downtimes.
  • The VMware ESXi hosts have also been able to recover well when there have been unexpected power failures to the kit. This has been very valuable as in the past, we have lost servers when this has happened.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
7.6
VMware ESXi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
VMware ESXi
10.0

Support

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
VMware ESXi
8.6

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