VMware, it just works
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 13, 2016

VMware, it just works

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We virtualized 95% of our servers on VMware ESXi and were also using it to offer virtual desktops to nearly everyone in the company.
  • It did a good job hosting our SQL Servers and we didn't see any real difference between servers directly on the hardware and virtualized.
  • It made it very easy to move servers between farms and/or servers for load balancing.
  • Early versions demonstrated multiple problems which precluded using it due to performance issues but they've all been overcome so be sure you're on the lastest VMware offerings.
  • We were able to much better utilize existing hardware by consolidating loads onto it using VMware.
  • It's much, much easier to provision VMs than it is to provision new OSs directly on hardware.
  • Being able to copy VMs from one farm to another, or one server to another is very handy.
I actually used Hyper-V at my previous company, and am now using it at my current company so I'm actually much more familiar and comfortable with it. In fact, it's what I use at home as well. It's just really easy to use.
I would still shy away from it at the very high end for servers 64+ processors and terabytes of memory, but that might just be because I don't have experience with it at those loads.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
7
Management console
7
Live virtual machine backup
7
Live virtual machine migration
7
Hypervisor-level security
7

Using VMware ESXi

Like I said, the entire company.
Just need to be able to understand technology.
  • 95% of servers were virtualized, and there were a couple thousand servers.
  • Everyone who wanted a virtual desktop, accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connections, was offered one using a VM in VMware.
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.

Evaluating VMware ESXi and Competitors

  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
It wasn't me that made the decision, another department in the company did and they had experience with this product already.
If it were up to me, I'd have given Hyper-V a realistic chance and probably have gone with it.