ESXi has been a staple in our data center for a long time.
Updated March 23, 2022

ESXi has been a staple in our data center for a long time.

Kurt Pritchett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We use VMware ESXi to host all of our virtual servers around the district and also in our data center. It's also being used by other departments to access virtual servers in our environment. Each location has 1 ESXi host that runs multiple virtual servers. Those virtual servers are used for caching images and updates for workstations at each location.
  • 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.
  • One positive impact is the amount of power we have saved.
  • We get better utilization out of our physical servers.
Azure workstations are made to run windows. Running Linux on top of a windows server just doesn't seem like the right thing to do. The Azure platform is also very hard to learn and become familiar with. A Microsoft licensing platform is much harder to understand as compared to VMWare's licensing platform.

Do you think VMware ESXi delivers good value for the price?


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ESXi is very well suited for companies that don't have the money or can't afford to run a big data center. We were able to reduce our server hardware footprint from 15 to 1. All of our data center ESXi hosts will now fit into one rack, reducing the number of physical servers also reduced our power consumption.
If you only need to run one OS for all applications, ESXi may not be for you.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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

Using VMware ESXi

2 - We have only a couple of engineers that use ESXi. There are only a couple of people qualified to manage our ESXi host servers. Those two engineers mainly use ESXi to install new or manage virtual servers for our district.
1 - We only have one engineer that's responsible for managing and troubleshooting ESXi.
  • We use ESXi to host virtual servers
  • It allows us to consolidate servers onto one platform
  • ESXi makes it easy to manage server infrastructure
  • Can really think of anything at this time.
  • Moving on-premise infrastucture to the cloud
We have been using ESXi since 2003. ESXi is very stable and reliable.

Evaluating VMware ESXi and Competitors

  • Prior Experience with the Product
We have been using VMware ESXi since 2003. VMWare ESXi has always had great support. It's always been reliable and stable.
A lot of the other virtualization software that's out now was not around when we first started using ESXi. I would not change anything with my selection process.

VMware ESXi Implementation

When you download the iso for installing ESXi make sure you use the custom iso for your server manufacturer.
Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled - Make sure that all end-users of virtual servers have multiple ways to access the GUI.
  • Configuring the switch port access.
  • Setting up trunking on the switch ports

VMware ESXi Support

Just about every time I have used VMWare support they have been very knowledgeable and were able to fix my issue right away. I've only had a couple of times where I had to get my problem escalated to another higher-level engineer. At the end of the day, they were always able to fix any problem I had.
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Not kept informed
We purchased 7/24 support. In our environment, we need to have all systems up and running at all times. Having professional support available at all times is a must for us. We have taken advantage of this support multiple times in the past when we have had problems.
We have always had great experiences with VMWare support.

Using VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi software is very intuitive. The update process is very easy and has not changed much over the years. We've been using ESXi for a very long time.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Creating a virtual server is very easy and intuitive
  • Updating the host is very easy.
  • Granting access is a very easy process
  • Adding some types of shared storage can be challenging