VMware ESXi rocks
May 27, 2016

VMware ESXi rocks

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We use ESXi 5.5 primarily for server virtualization. We also host a XenApp 7.8 farm in our production cluster. We have a production datacenter cluster, a cluster for our Dev/DR site and a single host site at a remote facility used to host a domain controller, ras server and print server. It addresses th problem of server sprawl and consolidates about 120 virtual machines (at our production datacenter) into a single Lenovo Flex chassis, saving at least 3 42U racks of floorspace and the power and environmentals to support them.
  • It efficiently manages cpu and memory resources on a host among dozens of virtual machines. It also provide very efficient and reliable disk I/O
  • It automates the build out of servers, saving hours over racking and building a physical server, and enabling consistent images on every server..
  • It facilitates quick and easy snapshots of servers runtime state in order to test patches or application updates and quickly roll back in the event of failures.
  • vCenter Virtual appliance is klunky and doesn't respond quickly.
  • It's database can fill up its partition and crash the server unexpectedly, resulting in an unstable and unmanageable ESXi environment
  • The vCenter web interface is not very useful and is missing several critical features, making the vim client essential for day to day use.
  • This is hard to compute since we have been using it for my entire tenure here.
I have not used any other hypervisors.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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