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Score 9 out of 10
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As a Cloud Service Provider for us is fundamental to have a reliable tool to provide our services, in this case, ESXi is the most significant tool cause it allows us to handle the very large and complex multi-tenant environment.

A hypervisor has a very small footprint and runs perfectly from hard drives, SAN, SSD or BOSS cards.

The VMware support for this is great.
  • Security
  • Relaiable
  • Small footprint
  • Cost
  • Need to buy other VMware software to get the full power.
For complex, production and high availability environments ESXi is great, especially with large and heterogeneous loads the behavior is outstanding.

In the other part for testing, development even training is complex, sophisticated and too much, don't forget that the price is significantly high, so I don't recommend using it for this purpose.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Our entire environment is running on ESXi, including a DR site. Having all the servers be virtual allows for flexibility in resource allocation and overall ease of management. This also reduces maintenance downtime, as VMs can be migrated using vMotion without any downtime. Because everything is virtual, DR scenarios are also very easy to perform.
  • Resource management.
  • It's simple, yet offers loads of advanced features and settings if there is a need.
  • vCenter is great to manage multiple ESXi hosts.
  • GPU accelerated graphics are not the easiest to set up.
  • The UI is a bit on the slow side even with the new HTML5 client.
  • Licencing can get very expensive if you're using multi-processor servers and vCenter.
ESXi has been on the market for a long time, and thus has an advantage over its competitors. Even though as of late others have greatly improved their virtualization technologies, VMware is still ahead of others. ESXi is well suited for any size organization, as it can scale very easily and there are lots of compatibility options to make everything work regardless of platform.
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Score 7 out of 10
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We use VMware ESXi to run on on prem compute workloads. We use VMware across the board on our on prem footprint. VMware helps us keep our servers running dense and enables ease of server deployment, backup, recovery, and migrations. This keeps the business up and running with minimal downtime thanks to all the virtualization features.
  • This is the best product for on prem virtualization.
  • vMotions both storage and standard help us stay agile and helps us support our applications.
  • VMware can get complicated with all the add-on features.
  • Sometimes its hard to find a starting point between their other solutions.
If you are in the business of having a datacenter and purchasing your hardware. VMware is one of the best choices. It's the industry leader for server hardware.

However, if you're new to having servers and don't have a large footprint. Maybe a cloud native solution would be a better choice.
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Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is our enterprise virtualization platform. All of our Tier 1 applications along with our non-prod environments run on ESXi and have been for many years. ESXi & vSphere have provided Vizient with a stable hypervisor platform that allows flexibility and scalability in our growing business.
  • ESXi is a very stable hypervisor platform.
  • ESXi is relatively easy to use and vmotion between ESXi hosts allows for ease of maintenance and administration as well.
  • ESXi is easy to maintain for security updates and software upgrades as well.
  • ESXi is not cheap. There is definitely a premium to be paid for this software.
  • There are more internal appliances, certificates and overhead to run vSphere and ESXi on the 6.X platform than there as on 5.x
I would not hesitate to recommend using VMware ESXi as a corporate virtualization solution. It may not be cost-effective for smaller shops that may be able to get away with cheaper or "freeware" hypervisor solutions, but for performances, support and reliability at the enterprise level, you can't beat ESXi.
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Score 9 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is currently being used to maximize the capacity of cloud servers where they can be logically segmented into providing other services instead of just one server per service, I can have several separate virtual servers running on one physical host. The product is very stable and provides an excellent return on investment.
  • Logically assigns a server's resources into whatever demand the individual service/virtual server requires.
  • Being able to configure virtual switches with different network connections across how many ever network interface cards the server can support. You can easily configure back-end only traffic between virtual servers without fear of exposing it to the internet.
  • Being a type 1 hypervisor, it is very lightweight and does not require having to be run on top of an existing mainstream operating system.
  • Not necessarily for production, but for testing/development, it would be beneficial if ESXi supported built-in software raid.
  • Wish there would be better integration for SSD-based caching for the datastores.
  • More responsive HTML5 web-based GUI.
VMware ESXi is excellent at consolidating physical workloads into virtual machines. Being able to assign dedicated resources helps ensure that the virtual machines have enough processing power. With its broad hardware compatibility, it supports most enterprise systems including network and storage adapters out of the box. Even though the virtual machines can be logically separated, some scenarios require physical server segmentation due to various regulations so that the chances of security breaches can be minimized.
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Score 6 out of 10
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ESXi is being used primarily as a GPU server and as a remote desktop server with the Horizon system. This allows the entire company to have individual desktops wherever they are in the world. It eliminates our data security concerns with traveling employees as all our company data is in the office with the virtual desktops and the user just logs into the desktop/information. The GPU passthrough is used to add extra power for some employees (engineers) with extra demands. ESXi allows for consumer Nvidia cards to be used, saving cost.
  • GPU Passthrough.
  • Remote Desktop Server.
  • Web interface.
  • File transfering.
  • Resource utilization.
VMware ESXi is well suited for any situation involving PCI passthrough and ESXi is generally my go-to then KVM as a backup. ESXi is also one of my top picks for remote desktop services (Horizon) along with Windows Server.

For any situation involving general-purpose VMs, I would recommend steering clear of ESXi. I will preface this by saying I haven't used their vSAN feature and that may have an impact. For me, the difficulty and expense to license ESXi along with the poor resource management and (to a lesser extent) the buggy web interface make it a deal-breaker. There are other better options such as Hyper-V.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use VMware ESXi at small client sites that have a surplus of legacy hardware and don't have the budget for cloud-based virtual machines, or fully licensed VMware products (vSphere). We generally make use of it to run multiple light-duty VMs on older server hardware to maximize its usefulness before EOL.
  • It's free!
  • Hardware compatibility is very good. If the version direct from VMware has issues with your server-class hardware, most likely the OEM has a version of ESXi with their drivers.
  • Web management client in newer versions is excellent.
  • Relatively easy setup.
  • While ESXi is "free," if you are running Windows Servers as VMs, there's very little reason to use ESXi instead of using the Hyper-V license that comes with your Windows Server license and has less limitations.
  • Arbitrary vCPU, etc limitations.
  • While setup is relatively easy, if you run into an issue, the documentation is pretty bad and usually solutions can be found on random blogs.
  • CLI isn't well documented.
If you have some legacy server hardware and a tight budget, and want to run non-Windows server OS's, or workstation OS's, ESXi is a snap to set up. Great as a host for Ubuntu VMs for Unifi controllers, NVRs, etc. If hosting Windows server guests, you're better off using Hyper-V that's included with your Windows Server licenses.
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Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is being used as the primary platform to host our applications servers. We are currently using 3 hosts in a cluster with roughly 25 Microsoft/Linux VMs. VMware allows us to reduce physical hardware and electrical costs, as well as giving us ease of access to our environment.
  • Ease of Access to your virtual environment
  • Easy to learn and logical interface
  • The support staff are always helpful
  • I've not run across anything I've not been able to do yet.
ESXi is incredibly useful for a range of situations. Outside of business I use it at home for my test lab, this has allowed me to do and learn more without the hassle of doing everything on a physical machine.
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Score 8 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is being used to provide a bare-metal VMware hypervisor running on our Dell Servers. The entire organization uses virtual servers running on this platform. It provided a smaller footprint version of ESX that we run on system integrated flash built into the hardware. We originally began using ESXi to allow for disk-less servers that were attached to dedicated iSCSI storage arrays.
  • ESXi has been around for quite some time now and is very prevalent in IT so knowledge/experience is easy to come by.
  • The application is very quick and easy to install/configure and requires light local resources to get going and begin using.
  • The management application is easy to use and easy to teach people to use.
  • The list of positives around virtualization aren't unique to ESXi but include greatly reduced hardware churn, much less power consumption, and vastly easier migration and backup operations.
  • 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.
VMware ESXi is well suited in almost every environment. Even the smallest of organizations can benefit from the ease of migration and backup/business continuity that this product allows for. Where it struggles for these small businesses is in the cost model. The redundant hardware and licensing can be cost-prohibitive to a small business. Beyond that, I wouldn't run a business without it if I could scrape up the resources.
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It's been used in our organization and also we recommend it for other companies as it helps to reduce the number of servers and the power consumption too.

It helps to get 6 to 7 applications on a single server reducing a huge data center space.

  • Within PBX the number of servers has reduced drastically by having all applications in one.
  • Redundancy within VMware has helped a lot to have a reliable system in place.
  • The IP address/Network port requirements are reduced drastically when VMware is used.
  • License cost shd be reduced since yearly renewal cost adds up which is avoided by many organizations.
  • The VMware license selection needs to be made simpler.

VMware is perfect for Data Center and all Telephony servers where a large number of applications can be installed on a single server reducing the Power consumption, N/w port, IP address per server and even the Ethernet cable used within the data center.

If only a single application to be used then no use of going for VMware as it's license and yearly support renewal adds cost to the server piece.

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Score 8 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is being utilized to bring virtualization into the current environment. ESXi is the backbone of the virtual infrastructure within the organization. It was brought in originally to assist with some virtual systems for remote users who needed to utilize software that does not behave well through VPN. By bringing in this product we allowed out user base to take advantage of virtual systems that can be accessed from any location that has internet access.
  • Manage resources for virtual machines
  • Allows ease of access to maintain and upkeep VDI
  • Gives a high level overview of current resources that are being used
  • The various add-on features can make things a bit complicated
  • It is an expensive solution v.s other options
  • Web interface is not the easiest to navigate
This software is fantastic when it comes to providing visibility for multiple virtual systems that have been implemented within the infrastructure. The ability to have eyes on multiple virtual servers and their current workload is fantastic, with VMWare ESXi you can verify which server is experiencing a high amount of use and allocate resources from a system that is not being utilized as much to alleviate pressure.
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We host probably 95% of our servers on a 9 host VMWare server cluster containing over 200 virtual machines. We also have a colocation and remote office that we run a couple VMWare hosts at with a handful of machines at each location as well. Running our business on VMWare has been incredibly amazing over the years, it allows so much flexibility and scalability as well as cost and data center footprint reduction.
  • Ability to stand up a new virtual server within a few minutes.
  • Cost reduction due to fewer hardware purchases throughout the year and saves on electricity due to fewer physical servers running in the data center.
  • Ability to make virtual hardware changes on the fly such as adding more CPU or RAM or increasing hard drive space within minutes.
  • The new web UI that was forced upon us with version 6 isn't bad now but still preferred the old thick client as it was faster and familiar.
  • I wish they maintained support for older hardware for longer, usually, we find after a couple of big revisions the old servers aren't totally compatible and we like to use our hardware for many years more than most people probably do
  • Licensing can be a bit confusing.
Luckily since VMWare ESXi itself is free, a small company could definitely take advantage of it, so it works for small to large enterprises. Any company could also stand it up just to do testing if they don't want to set up a production environment, then easily take it to production if they find it suitable.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use ESXi for nearly all servers in our school district, very few things left on physical servers. This makes it easy for me (I am the only one in my department managing servers) to work on everything from one centralized location. I almost never have to be on-site with our hosts, and I can spin up new machines on the fly in a few minutes. This also saves us thousands of dollars in hardware costs, which is incredibly important for public education.
  • Snapshots! These are the ultimate way to cover yourself. I create one before installing or updating almost everything because then if something errors out and starts to cause issues you are back to normal working order in seconds rather than hours/days.
  • Distributed Switches are quite nice, so long as all of your hosts in a cluster have the same ports, you can set up the virtual switches one time and it propagates out to all of the hosts for that group.
  • VMotion/balancing the load in general. Whether you do it manually or use DRS to move your virtual servers around it is incredibly simple to adjust the computing resource for your virtual server to make sure that you are sharing the load evenly across all of your hosts.
  • Updates are pretty much a complete reinstall. This has gotten better over the years, but is still a cumbersome process.
  • Sometimes features release before they are fully baked. ESXi 6.5 released and HTML 5 GUI for VCenter that only included "partial functionality."
ESXi is great for groups with limited staff or staff that work remotely as 90% of tasks can be done through the GUI. It is also a cost-saver because one robust host can run several virtual machines and cut down on the need to buy multiple expensive physical devices.
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Score 9 out of 10
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EXSi is the foundation for all of our virtual machines. Virtualization has allowed us to scale down our physical server count considerably, reducing overhead costs. It allows us flexibility in terms of spinning up new virtual machines and how we manage them with vCenter
  • Makes it incredibly easy to deploy new virtual machines.
  • Works well with our SAN and our backup software integrates nicely with ESXi.
  • Their support has been helpful when I've needed it.
  • We are on version 6.0 and it has some Flash problem with browsers. We could not manage vCenter after a Flash update in google and had to use the thick client.
  • It would be nice if it was easier to update. They have gotten better with subsequent releases but it's not great with 6.0.
  • It's not cheap compared to Hyper-V
I've enjoyed my experience with ESXi, it makes daily tasks easy and allows us to grow quickly when we need to. There is a learning curve so someone coming from a Hyper-V environment might need to study up or take a course to become proficient. It might be overkill for small business not needing the flexibility of ESXi.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Our VMware ESXi environment runs almost all our virtual servers. What used to be two 48U racks of servers is now consolidated down to less than half a rack. Server management is simplified and requires less downtime.
  • Ease of use.
  • Fast.
  • Well documented.
  • Price. There are many free and open source alternatives.
  • HTML5 management client still isn't 100% complete.
  • Some components such as Site Recovery Manager still require a Windows Server.
Depending on your size and what type of servers you plan to run, it could be more beneficial to use something else. Again, there are lots of alternatives. They might not be as easy to use or as feature-rich as VMware ESXi, but that might not matter in your case.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use VMware ESXi across our entire network. It simplifies the backup process and management of our server environment. The cost savings in hardware (space and number of servers) and power consumption is worth the upfront cost.
  • You can manage all of your servers through one pane of glass.
  • High availability if you are using clusters.
  • Using templates to turn up servers takes about 5 minutes.
  • I would like it if the old client was still used. The web interface is nice, but the client worked better.
In large server farms it is at its best. However, I still use it sometimes on single server deployments.
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Score 9 out of 10
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VMware ESXi provides the core backbone to hosted private cloud applications and services. It hooks into a multi-clustered VSphere and SRM environments.
  • Hypervisor boot speed
  • Ability to run deprecated server operating systems (Centos 3,4, NT, XP, Windows 2000) in a contained environment.
  • Excellent documentation available freely online.
  • License fees of the tie-in infrastructure products are expensive.
  • Free license version makes it difficult to patch.
  • Hyper V can support more host physical memory than ESXi.
If you have purchased tie-in licenses for Vsphere, VRealize or SRM then using ESXi is a no brainer.
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Score 9 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is used within our university to virtualize the servers in our data center in order to minimize the physical server footprint. It allows us to maximize our resources by fully utilizing all of the available memory and CPU in each host. VMware ESXi also provides us with redundancy and high-availability features to ensure that all of our servers are available at all times.
  • Using VMware ESXi together with VCenter is a great platform for maintaining the VMs, virtual networks, building data centers, and tracking what is going on with our VMs.
  • I like it because it takes control of all the resources of my computer and presents them as a single pool of resources, also allows me to manage my host, to provide different services in a way centralized and dynamic.
  • Super easy to deploy and amazing customer service and support.
  • I do not like the web client for VMware ESXi.
  • Cost is high.
  • Everything else is good.
In the data center, VMware enables you to eliminate physical server sprawl, which will reduce the cost of power and reduce some cooling needs. It can create virtual server sprawl if you're not careful. You may find yourself spinning up a new server for every little thing. VMware ESXi provides a lot of features such as storage v motion, VM migration, high availability, update manager, etc.
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It is deployed at various client cities for our managed service provider. It is a good solution for VM hosting. I do like it for cross-platform compatibility. Very stable. We deploy it to clients who do not or cannot use Hyper-V.
  • Easy to configure/deploy.
  • Works well cross-platform.
  • Little issues with the product.
  • The user interface could be a little more robust, from a non-technical standpoint.
  • Would like to see it be a bit more seamless in its integration with the VM host.
  • Maybe a little more polished overall would be nice.
Works well for local governments, police and fire departments. I would think that if someone already has Hyper-V it would make sense for them to continue using that for their particular environment. Keep it simple.
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August 09, 2018

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Score 8 out of 10
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It's used to manage guest OS/virtual machines within our organizations Unified Communications infrastructure. ESXi is being used by multiple groups within our organization. ESXi helps reduce our hardware footprint while improving availability of services.
  • Allows system administrators to manage multiple hosts via one interface.
  • Perform multiple management tasks
  • Provides excellent memory management
  • Learning curve for support staff
  • live migration of hosts supporting realtime protocols
  • some maintenance requires downtime
Supports a high amount of guest host
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use VMware ESXi as the platform for virtualization for a marketing agency. In this case, it is used to run multiple, critical servers including a pbx phone system, a high capacity and volume file server with lots of video and image files, a development IIS server, and multiple other virtual machines to test and do other work on. We have found this technology especially useful for this environment, as we operate on mostly a Mac environment for creatives. This allows them to have virtual machines they can access when they need to use software only available on a Windows environment.
  • VMware ESXi does a great job of getting multiple VMs setup quickly. The interface is intuitive and simple to use.
  • ESXi is a stable platform where mission critical VMs can run without concern.
  • ESXi is free. Really, it's free.
  • The management software is PC only, and does not seem to work with Wine for Linux or MacOS.
  • No on server interface to start/monitor/or reset machines.
  • Free license limits it to physical 2 CPU's.
VMware ESXi is perfect for small to medium size businesses that have the need for multiple servers or workstations running in their environment. The flexibility of unlimited VMs, except by your hardware, and the ability to turn them on and off at will is extremely powerful. I have found it especially useful in a testing environment for software development. If you need to test compatibility on certain operating systems, or different environments, this gives you the ability to turn on the needed equipment without the need to purchase dedicated hardware.
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It is used across the entire organization and solves providing temporary servers, right-sizing the servers (physical servers are more limited in their RAM and CPU configurations. A single physical server can host dozens of virtual server VMs, all with different operating systems installed. It also abstracts the [hardware] from the server which enables a VM to be exported to a different building or location or even a different company. Virtualizing large servers can reduce cooling, power, ups, cables, physical space and racks, noise, support. Many processes like antivirus, backups, boot ups, upgrades can be more centralized.
  • Support of so many operating systems including various Windows and Unix, including many variations.
  • API PowerCLI scripting can help automated enterprise tasks to scale
  • Virtualizing physical servers provides much higher ROI compared to non-virtualized servers running a single OS
  • ESXi loads in ram on the server & it's small so the hypervisor uses very little of the hosts resources
  • The client has been the most common complaint about ESXi. It took 4 years to complete the web client and as soon as it was finished, they announced it would be replaced by the HTML client. frustratingly, the html client is incomplete which puts users in the same predicament as the previous 4 years.
  • Converter could be better integrated into ESXi (client) which would make creating VMs (p2v) much easier and would also prompt VMware to continue to update and improve converter (which has not had many improvements or updates since being released.
  • Maintenance mode should be much quicker when ESXi is used with vSAN.
The bigger the server, the better the ROI with ESXi since more CPU and RAM mean more or bigger VMs, whereas smaller servers are a poor choice fo ESXixi. For example, ESXi can install on a 2 core 8GB server but there would be no CPU or RAM for VMs. On the other end, a super large server could become an issue since it might have 100s of VMs which would need to migrate or be powered off anytime the host was updated. Those VMs would also need to restart elsewhere during a failure.
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September 15, 2017

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ESXi is being used to manage VMs spread across all of our users.
  • It is very easy to manage a large number of VMs in a big organisation
  • It's very relaible
  • Easy to use interface
  • A bit overpriced
  • Performance issues
  • Application and hardware compatibility
It's well suited to the environment where users/employees are spread across different geographical locations and you wish to manage whole your infrastructure [and keep it] centralised.
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I started to use ESXi as a way to build, control, configure, and push-out virtual machines (servers) throughout my company. I am now able to set out a selection of systems to individuals to use and once done and I have the data and work completed from an employee I can easily keep data and delete that used VM which I can relaunch at anytime from anywhere. I use these VMs so that I don't have to worry about any viruses and malware getting back into my main server. ESXi also works great with VCenter and setting up virtual networks.
  • IT admin has complete control over these VMs through ESXi as well as being able to release a new VM if the prior VM system has any issue, this saves hundreds of hours for our admins.
  • Using ESXi together with VCenter is a great platform for maintaining the VMs, virtual networks, building datacenters, and tracking what is going on with our VMs.
  • ESXi that I had set up as a lab to learn from and to teach others off of saved our entire network from a serious hack out of China. When I set up this ESXi as a learning platform I set it in a way that it was the main point of our network (by accident) this accident stopped a brute force attack that was done through a 3 day weekend with over thousands of attempts to hack into. They only got into a BS VM that was set for learning. This saved us a lot of money and embarrassment.
  • Better way of teaching, make ESXI easier to learn to use
  • Configuration need to be a bit easier to understand
  • VMware needs to do something about the learning costs
Having the ability to reset a VM and getting back to work faster. This is a great tool for using in ways that don't need to cost thousands of dollars to purchase another system if one fails, you simply relaunch a new VM.
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Score 9 out of 10
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vCenter Server in the classroom environment allows students to be more productive in an ESXi host environment. There are currently over one thousand VMs running on ESXi from Windows Desktops 7,8, 10, Windows Server 2008, Server 2012, and a plethora of Linux distributions. Students have the ability to access the vCenter from a web browser or using the VSphere Client software. This has been a huge time safer for students as in the past each student used an external hard drive to host their virtual machines. When multiple machines were turned on it would take a great deal of processing power of the desktop to run the VM's, with ESXi students are capable of keeping the machines up at all times. This also eliminates the problem of corrupting VMs on external hard drives by not having to shut down VM's which would require students to stay after class. Using Nimble technology in the ESXi the school can now have an entire infrastructure built and functioning for each student.
  • Keeps students' work segmented by using administration and VLANs.
  • An entire infrastructure can be built per the students' needs.
  • Multiple VMs can be used at the same time eliminating the downfalls of VMware Workstation.
  • There is a converter tool to switch from VM workstation to Virtual Center Stack. VMs can be transposed across the system.
  • When the Virtual Center Stack goes down then all students are affected by zero production.
  • When a lot of VMs are spun up at the same time it slows down operations.
  • ESXi attempts to provision VMs by moving them, but other tools like Turbonomic don't show the action taking place.
For the classroom environment, it is extremely beneficial to students. Time-saving has been a crucial observation as students can spin up a VM in a matter of minutes where it would take at least an hour to do using VMware Workstation. There has also been zero corruption of VMs by using the Virtual Center Stack (VCS) to that of VMware Workstation. Students have become highly productive.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Virtual machine automated provisioning (41)
8.6
Management console (46)
8.0
Live virtual machine backup (41)
8.5
Live virtual machine migration (41)
9.2
Hypervisor-level security (40)
8.8

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