VMware ESXi to the rescue!
March 22, 2022

VMware ESXi to the rescue!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ESXi

We use VMware ESXi as our primary hypervisor platform for two separate environments with a combined total of approx 300 virtual machines split over two datacentres. For our main production environment, we have an HA cluster spread over both DC's with replicated storage supported the VMs. This works perfectly for us as we have the ability for full failover if needed and VMware takes a lot of the issues away by handling all the failover of virtual machines to other hosts etc.
  • HA Failover
  • SAN Management
  • Cluster Resource Management
  • iSCSI Storage connectivity
  • Update Management
  • Host Management
  • Positive for management and support of IT infrastructure.
  • Maximising available computing power -IE, Microsoft's hypervisor run's on top of Windows which uses a lot of computing power.
  • With vCenter being able to manage everything in one place, less trained users are needed to manage large numbers of ESXi hosts and SAN's etc.
The main issue I found with Hyper-V is that it has to run on top of Microsoft Windows. This obviously uses a considerable amount of resources, even without "Desktop mode". With ESXi running on a linux based OS, this allows the maximisation of the available resources and a much smaller installation footprint on the hosts.
I also found that even with the fully-licensed version of Hyper-V, the features available are not comparible to VMware's feature-set.

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Microsoft Windows, Veeam Backup & Replication, Navisite Productivity and Collaboration (Microsoft Office 365 and MDM)
Using vCenter, the management of multiple hosts is very straightforward. We have an environment with about 30 ESXi hosts so management of these without vCenter would be extremely difficult. However, due to having a web interface for all hosts and vCenter etc, securing everything with web certificates can be frustrating. Using plugins in vCenter, management of third party equipment such as SAN arrays does make life a lot easier being able to manage everything from the one place - single pane of glass etc.
Backups are also made easy and straightforward using systems such as Veeam which plugs in directly to vCenter.

VMware ESXi Feature Ratings

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