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Tom Blazek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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  • I like how easily it integrates with windows
  • Snapshotting is very easy to setup
  • There are also many integrations to extend ESXi functionality
  • Pricing is a barrier for most companies
  • A deployment can get quite complex and overkill for a small company
  • I would like to see more options for setting it up in a hyperconverged manner
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Deploys virtual server very well
  • Deploys .ova very well
  • Great details, notes, and alerts
  • Very scalable
  • It can be cost prohibitive for some small to medium-sized businesses
  • With its integration with EMC VxRail, getting the right support for the issue can sometimes prove difficult
  • Based in VmKernal cli, so if you ever need to ssh, it can get hair pretty quick if you're not in there regularly
May 13, 2021

Great Product!

Score 10 out of 10
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  • HA protection
  • Workload Balancing
  • Elastic resource allocation
  • We are looking for more flexibility with vvol usage
  • Better and more descriptive error logging in vcenter
  • Permission structure can occasionally get confusing
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Very small resource footprint.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Very easy to install.
  • Capable of hosting large environments.
  • Manage large amount of networks (VLAN's, etc.).
  • There is nothing really to add.
  • With some releases there were some minor issues.
February 18, 2021

ESXi Industry Standard

Score 10 out of 10
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  • Network segmenting.
  • Quick and easy management of resources.
  • Backup and restore capabilities.
  • Moving resources from one cluster to another seamlessly.
  • Pricing and Licensing.
  • DSwitches.
  • Vmotions & SAN.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Quick rollout of new VMs through templates
  • Advanced networking capabilities
  • Easy migration of virtual machines to new compute and storage
  • Easier upgrade process
  • Less expensive options for mid-tier organizations (Essentials is too small)
Tim Enders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Virtualization - it allows you to take full advantage of your hardware investments
  • Flexibility - it allows you to run services across disparate hardware types
  • Scalability - it allows you to expand and deploy new services rapidly
  • Complexity - if you're not familiar with the product there is a learning curve.
  • It does require other licensed VMWare products (vCenter Server, etc.) for full functionality.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • ESXi is able to minimize the physical server footprint.
  • ESXi is also very easy to get up and running.
  • I would like to see better performance analytics built in to ESXi.
  • ESXi could find a way to boot faster.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • vMotion: the ability to move a VM from one place to another, even on disparate storage, works flawlessly and allows us to be agile and maintain performance.
  • PowerCli includes a robust set of PowerShell commands to be able to automate just about anything.
  • Integration with other products and vendors is sometimes complex.
  • Getting the right permissions configurations to allow certain actions is difficult.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Hugely reduces our need for physical hardware. Our four hosts handle over 130 virtual servers without any problems.
  • It is stable. I have not had an ESXi server crash in years, nor do I really ever have to reboot them for problems. They just run smoothly.
  • The HTML5 web interface has taken a while to be brought to parity with the old thick client, and a few features are sometimes tricky to find.
Karen Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • VMware is not buggy. In IT we have to work around so many things for products to work the way we expect, or the way we want. I have not had to work around things with ESXi. It works as advertised.
  • Sever uptime. Even with hardware failures, and system bugs, VMware keeps our systems up. ESXi has been reliable. I never even think about the OS failing or having issues. That is one less thing to worry about.
  • Server deployment. We can deploy a new server in minutes. Some servers come preconfigured with OVF files where we just tell VMWare to set up a new server and point to the config file and tada there is a new server. We can create templates, where the OS and updates are already installed and we just create a new server from the template in minutes. I actually prefer creating one from scratch, and it only takes a few minutes to choose the hardware and start the OS installation. The longest part is installing the OS. It takes forever at my company to approve spending any money. With VMWare, I can set up new servers without any cost so there is no delay. When I want a server, I set it up. I don't have to wait over a month to design, get approval to order, wait for delivery, then set up the hardware, etc. It is fantastic, and such a time saver.
  • VMWare's Compatibility Guide on-line is excellent. It is very detailed and easy to discover if there will be any hardware issues. When adding or replacing hosts, this is a must-visit site. It has answered every question I've had without having to call support or talk to anyone to analyze if this hardware will match that one. It is a user-friendly site that gives you all the information you need. It has given me a starting point for buying new servers when my company changed its standard on server hardware. I would not have known where to start in configuring a new host, but this site told me what was compatible with what I had and it became an easy task.
  • The new interface for accessing the hosts directly doesn't work well with all browsers. We have restrictions at my company. We use Edge or IE. I had a lot of trouble uploading a file to the datastore because Edge and IE wouldn't play nice. The problem is probably mostly on MS's side, but it would be nice if it could work better with all browsers.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • It manages physical systems and resources.
  • It has a minimal footprint on hosts -- hundreds of megabytes, and very efficient code.
  • I have been using ESX since version 3.5 -- they have regular improvements, so while there has been "missing functionality," I have used it when it was very basic, and they keep adding features that have improved it.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • When combining Citrix with ESXi, we are able to create multiple Citrix servers from one master image.
  • Combined with Veeam, backing up and restoration of virtual machines running on ESXi is painless.
  • I would love to see the licensing cost come down.
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Very efficient on bare hardware
  • Installs a very small hypervisor footprint
  • The web management interface utilizing HTML 5 is still not fully mature.
  • Could use the ability to clone a host configuration in case the bootable media fails.
Kyle Reyes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Implementation of ESXi is extremely straightforward given the correct experience
  • The HA capabilities of ESXi are extremely hard to beat when compared to other Hypervisor options
  • As much as the upgrade path for newer versions of ESXi has improved, there is still room for improvement in the process
  • A better/easier way of handling some network features would be ideal
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Quick and accessible to provision servers as needed. Templates can be configured in VMware ESXi.
  • VMware ESXi host software efficiently manages hardware resources so that a single-host server can support multiple virtual servers without causing resource contention.
  • Understanding Resource groups and resource reservations can be difficult and cause issues if not fully understood.
  • I would like to see better performance monitoring capabilities from the web GUI. The current options can be cumbersome, and many still need to be monitored from the command line.
Dan Lepinski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • High availability. Clustered VMware ESXi hosts make it easy to take a host out of production.
  • Storage DRS helps balance virtual disks across the cluster.
  • The Flash and HTML5 web interfaces are missing simple sorting features for some lists.
  • Errors messages can be vague at times, which requires searching the community for answers.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Lets you run multiple virtual servers on one piece of server hardware.
  • Saves you money but minimizing the amount of server hardware you need to buy.
  • VMware ESXi can be hard to update to the newest versions.
  • Hardware compatibility with VMware ESXi can be confusing.

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.