VMWare ESXi is still the king of Hypervisors
March 20, 2020

VMWare ESXi is still the king of Hypervisors

Tim Enders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We use VMWare ESXi as the virtualization platform for our entire production environment across the University. This includes all on-premises production, test, and development servers, as well as our remote application delivery and VDI environments. It allows us to design and rapidly deploy environments that are flexible, redundant, and efficient. We have used VMware ESXi for over ten years and are quite happy with the product. It is essential to everything that we do.
  • Virtualization - it allows you to take full advantage of your hardware investments
  • Flexibility - it allows you to run services across disparate hardware types
  • Scalability - it allows you to expand and deploy new services rapidly
  • Complexity - if you're not familiar with the product there is a learning curve.
  • It does require other licensed VMWare products (vCenter Server, etc.) for full functionality.
  • VMware ESXi has had a huge positive impact and good ROI.
  • It fundamentally changed how we operate for the better.
  • It has allowed us to make full use of capital investments in server and storage infrastructure.
When we bought VMware ESXi ten or so years ago, there weren't a lot of other competitors in the market. Nutanix didn't exist yet, and Hyper-V was in its infancy. Since then, Hyper-V has matured, and other products like Nutanix have come on the market as more fully developed competitors. We purchased Nutanix last year so that we could move to a hyper-converged hardware infrastructure. Still, we opted to continue using VMware ESXi for our Hypervisor instead of AOS because of the maturity and feature set offered by VMware ESXi.
VMWare support has always been quite excellent over the years. They are generally prompt to respond, and when they do, their support engineers are knowledgeable and are usually able to resolve our problems quite quickly. On several occasions, they have gone above and beyond to make themselves available in off-hours to assist us.

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VMware ESXi is one of the two or three best products I've used in my career. It revolutionized IT infrastructure when it was released, and it continues to be an essential underpinning to our entire environment now. It is the segment leader for on-premises server virtualization. It does carry some significant licensing costs, but we have found that those easily pay for themselves over time for an institution of our size.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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