VMware my favorite Hypervisor
March 04, 2016

VMware my favorite Hypervisor

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

I do IT support for around 40 companies. We exclusively use VMWare as the OS on all new servers. We not longer implement any non-virtualized servers. We currently run a mix of ESXi 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 and will soon start deploying version 6.0. VMWare allows us to better utilize hardware assets while keeping costs to a minimum.
  • Easy management of servers. You have full access to all server features from the web console or GUI.
  • With proper licensing, it is a great tool for high availability computing. It allows you to move servers across multiple pieces of hardware with little to no downtime.
  • Easy setup. The installation is very straight forward and small. You can even run it off an SD card in the server leaving more disk space for your data stores.
  • Licensing can be expensive, but they do offer cheaper versions.
  • I do not like that they are pushing the management features to the Web based console. I have been using the GUI for so long that it is a hard transition for me.
  • I have had multiple VCenter updates fail. At this point it is easy to deploy a new VCenter appliance than to upgrade an existing one.
  • Due to the remote nature of my business, VMware has been a great tool as it allows us to have full console access to the servers at all times, even when they do not have a network connection.
  • Making backup copies of servers is much easier in VMware than with a physical machine.
  • VMware has made a conversion tool that has been a great help migrating customers from physical to virtual environments.
The decision on which hypervisor to use was made above my head. I personally prefer VMware due to the length of time that I have been using it.
It comes down to VMWare vs. Hyper-V. It is almost an Apple vs. Android debate as they are both capable tools. I personally have used VMWare my entire professional career so that is my preference. Shockingly, I don't have much negative to say about it and that is really a great feat when you consider the length of time I have been using and administering it.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Management console
Live virtual machine backup
Not Rated
Live virtual machine migration
Hypervisor-level security
Not Rated