ESXi is even for small business
January 15, 2020

ESXi is even for small business

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

ESXi is currently being used as an integral part of our server farm for hosting Windows and Linux server virtual machines. These servers host applications and services across our organization. We also use it for hosting our virtual desktop environment. This has improved our scalability, server provisioning issues, real estate, and heating/cooling challenges. We are also now able to utilize thin client hardware, saving CAPEX.
  • Resource scheduling
  • Storage efficiency
  • Cost
  • Configuration complexity
  • More efficient use of IT room space.
  • Less but more efficient cooling needed.
We have heavily invested in VMware now. 10 years ago we considered HyperV, but at the time they had no vMotion. We tested Server 2005 virtual server, but the network performance was very poor. VMware also is constantly an innovator and the one that we used recently to great effect was Storage vMotion when migrating to a new network storage.
They are probably the best I ever had to deal with. Their online resources are also quite robust, and since their market share is extensive, you are usually going to find someone who has come across the same problem as you. Their documentation is probably the best in the industry and we have never had a negative experience.

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VMware excels at virtualizing hardware and allowing you to run multiple applications and network services on minimal hardware platforms. We used it for running servers for just about any purpose, service or application. The only time where we don't is for explicit vendor requirements, proprietary systems and when there is a heavy reliance to consume large amounts of data.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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