VMware ESxi for the small business
May 03, 2021

VMware ESxi for the small business

Tom Blazek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We are using [VMware] ESXi as a backup to our production server infrastructure. We do have a few production servers on that cluster. [VMware] ESXi allows us to easily scale and build new servers without requiring us to constantly purchase new hardware. We have saved a significant amount of money since setting up the [VMware] cluster[.]
  • I like how easily it integrates with windows
  • Snapshotting is very easy to setup
  • There are also many integrations to extend ESXi functionality
  • Pricing is a barrier for most companies
  • A deployment can get quite complex and overkill for a small company
  • I would like to see more options for setting it up in a hyperconverged manner
  • We were able to go from 5 physical servers to 1 and have everything virtualized
  • Everything can now fit nice and neat in one rack
  • Cooling costs are significantly less now that we only have one server
I think VMware ESXi is a better solution than Hyper-V was at the time. Mainly because you don't need to run a Windows OS to run ESXi. I also think the integrations available with [VMware] ESXi are superior[.]

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

Not sure

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I do like [VMware] ESXi, but the pricing is hard to swallow for a smaller company. I love the ability to have many options for backup solutions, like Veeam, but the functionality you get for the pricing can be hard to justify. That being said, if you are not virtualized, I definitely recommend something like VMware to get virtual[.]

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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