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Tom Blazek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I do like [VMware] ESXi, but the pricing is hard to swallow for a smaller company. I love the ability to have many options for backup solutions, like Veeam, but the functionality you get for the pricing can be hard to justify. That being said, if you are not virtualized, I definitely recommend something like VMware to get virtual[.]
Score 10 out of 10
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Great option for small businesses that need to virtualise a few servers on limited hardware. A lot more cost effective that hosted servers. Great in small businesses where you need to move servers from hardware to hardware when upgrading and allows for minimal impact when migrating. Also great for disaster recovery
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is well suited for those that have the pocket and want the real deal--and it will always work. Finding a system engineer that has VMware ESXi experience is easy. Finding someone with Nutanix or Hyper-V will prove more tasking. You pay for what you get.
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi are the market leader and make management / administration simple and intuitive. If you've got the budget to get vCenter and particularly the essentials package that supports vMotion, then moving machines for maintenance is hassle free. Integration with the likes of Veeam make backup and recovery very simple. The templates to copy a machine or to quickly deploy several VMs has saved us a lot of time.
Score 8 out of 10
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[VMware ESXi is] well suited to host business critical applications that require 5 9’s uptime. Not so well suited for a business that does not have a large buying power as it’s expensive. Lots of documentation and scripts widely available on the internet. Powershell and python native tools available make this a developers dream.
May 13, 2021

Great Product!

Score 10 out of 10
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At the moment I don't know of a better baseline product to provide the virtual machine flexibility that VMWare has. With the power of ESXi and the ability to leverage other VMWare software products with it, you are able to use it to cover just about any VDI, Local Cloud, or simple server needs.
Score 9 out of 10
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I would recommend using it to a colleague. It does exactly what it should do and does it well. If you have a deployment that involves a lot of Virtual Machines, you should look at VMWare ESXi. It gives you all the functionality needed.
Score 9 out of 10
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Like said before, VMware ESXI is clearly only usable for hosting large environments but can for sure also handle small environments and as it is easy to install and easy to manage. It [is tough] to say where it should be less appropriate. It is OS open, you can use it for Windows, Linux but for sure also for other operation systems. For me it's the host virtualization Swiss Army knife
February 18, 2021

ESXi Industry Standard

Score 10 out of 10
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Shared hardware resources. VM Pools. Well suited within organizations with remote workers [as] it can eliminate needs for Advanced firewalls, keep security intact within organization applications.
Score 7 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is well suited for any on-premises virtualization environment. It's particularly useful for small sites that can utilize the essentials package. The price goes up substantially per host when you go over three machines. Even with the difference in cost, it's still the best platform for virtualization at this size.
Score 8 out of 10
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For an HP blade server infrastructure in a Windows VM environment this is an excellent choice. Integrated as a cluster, this an extremely reliable system which at least in our case has had zero downtime, very little maintenance with performance that meets and exceeds our needs now and well into the future.
Tim Enders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is one of the two or three best products I've used in my career. It revolutionized IT infrastructure when it was released, and it continues to be an essential underpinning to our entire environment now. It is the segment leader for on-premises server virtualization. It does carry some significant licensing costs, but we have found that those easily pay for themselves over time for an institution of our size.
Score 10 out of 10
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ESXi is very well suited for companies that don't have the money or can't afford to run a big data center. We were able to reduce our server hardware footprint from 15 to 1. All of our data center ESXi hosts will now fit into one rack, reducing the number of physical servers also reduced our power consumption.
If you only need to run one OS for all applications, ESXi may not be for you.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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VMware ESXi works well in large environments where lots of computing and storage resources need to be shared and constantly reallocated for virtual machines. There are full-featured versions that come at a high cost, but there are also versions that lack some features that may not be needed at a lower cost, and even a free version for small lab environments. If you just need one virtual machine to run periodically, you can use one of the more consumer-grade hypervisors like Workstation, Fusion, or just Virtual Box for free.
Score 10 out of 10
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If you have the proper hardware, and desire stability and support, then ESXi is about at the top of the list. It has a proven reputation, and you can't really be blamed for buying the best.

If your budget is low, and/or you might not have the latest hardware, some of the open source virtualization products might be a better fit.
Ashley Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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All in all, vSphere ESXi is almost always the best solution for virtualization. Hobbyists and homelabbers will appreciate the ability to learn core features at no cost. Small businesses will benefit from consolidating hardware into one server where their domain controller, SQL server, file server, etc. can all still run independently. Medium to large businesses will find a lot of security in scalability and clustering.
Karen Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I think VMware ESXi would be well suited for any company that has more than a few servers. If you have two servers, you might as well virtualize them and make your hardware hosts in a VMware environment. It will keep your servers up and running if you have any hardware failures. If you backup your servers, you can quickly and easily restore them after any software crashes. You can test all updates and changes before actually deploying them. I have had to do major reconfiguration of servers, and was unsure of how the server software would respond. You can easily make a copy of a server, launch it and do all the testing you need. If something doesn't work, start over again until you find the solution. It does cost to have the licenses, but you can calculate the cost of downtime if you didn't have it to see if it is worth it for you. If you have a very small environment, it may not be cost-effective, but it will surely improve the time you spend in IT. It would be good to have an idea about how the environment works, but once you learn, support can help with any other issues you have.
Score 9 out of 10
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It's suited to Data Centers that are short on space. You are able to consolidate systems anywhere from 5 to 100 to one host. It's also good for Data Centers purchasing new hardware that want to use the space most efficiently. The multi-core systems of today cannot be used effectively without a virtualization product, why waste your peoples time messing with a lower-tier "free" product that requires more management time and is harder on compatibility
It is less appropriate if a company has little money and wants to waste their employees' time -- you are trading VMware $$ to save employee time.
Score 10 out of 10
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I think every organization that has the need for on-premise servers should consider investing in ESXi. The initial cost for getting a proper ESXi environment set up with the servers, storage, and networking can be steep, so organizations that are on shoestring budgets may want to skip virtualization until they're ready for the necessary investments.
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is an excellent product to get the most out of your bare metal hardware. Lots of server manufacturers provide pre-built install images that are optimized for their servers, so that one can take full advantage of the hardware features and interface with the built-in sensors. However, VMware ESXi is a costly product and for small organizations going the Microsoft Hyper-V route will be a big cost savings even tho it is not as robust and efficient.
Ben Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is best suited for mid to large enterprises that require maximum uptime. The ability to migrate virtual workloads on-demand, and across different hardware types allows for this. With the high cost of entry, it wouldn't likely be a good fit for most small businesses or those that don't require a high level of uptime.
Kyle Reyes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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In any scenario, I've yet to find many reasons where ESXi is not best suited for what is being thrown at it. From small organizations with 2-5 virtual machines to the larger organizations of 1000+ virtual machines it scales extremely well and the features, options, etc. remain the same given correct licensing. The options for HA, again given proper licensing, work extremely well once implemented and have saved myself and others I work with many hours of additional work automatically migrating VMs once a host has failed.

Given the options with the licensing, there are times where something else may have to be reviewed to see if it makes more sense unfortunately to say. The licensing is the only place where ESXi does not scale very well
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I believe VMware ESXi is an excellent solution for all medium to enterprise-level companies. VMware ESXi does provide options for small business, but depending on features needed, this can be costly. VMware ESXi is the industry standard for virtualized data centers and continues to improve and innovate in the virtualized server space.
Dan Lepinski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware ESXi is well suited where you don't have the physical space needed for the number servers you require. If you have applications that require little to no downtime, VMware ESXi can help provide that when clustered with other hosts. VMware ESXi will allow you to snapshot servers prior to major upgrades and changes. This provides a relatively safe fallback option if the upgrade doesn't go well. You can also leverage this to quickly go back to a clean state when testing new software or code.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Vmware ESXi is useful when you have limited space in your server room but need multiple servers for different purposes. You can virtualize the various servers on one piece of server hardware and keep your hardware use low while getting the number of servers you need. It's also great when you want to keep your hardware costs low but requires multiple servers in your environment.

VMware ESXi Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Server Virtualization (5)
90%
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning (89)
90%
9.0
Management console (100)
87%
8.7
Live virtual machine backup (86)
89%
8.9
Live virtual machine migration (91)
96%
9.6
Hypervisor-level security (90)
87%
8.7

What is VMware ESXi?

VMware ESXi is a popular hypervisor, from VMware.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is VMware ESXi?

VMware ESXi is a popular hypervisor, from VMware.

What is VMware ESXi's best feature?

Reviewers rate Live virtual machine migration highest, with a score of 9.6.

Who uses VMware ESXi?

The most common users of VMware ESXi are from Mid-size Companies and the Information Technology & Services industry.