It's hard to go wrong with VMware vSphere. See what you've been missing!
February 02, 2018

It's hard to go wrong with VMware vSphere. See what you've been missing!

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

Overall Satisfaction with vSphere

Our organization originally purchased vSphere to begin consolidating servers. We're a smaller organization with around a dozen virtual servers. Our IT department is small, being able to manage all of our servers from a single interface has been more powerful than we could have imagined. Also, our backup and disaster recovery strategy has been greatly simplified. Servers can be moved on the fly, upgrading the underlying server hardware is also a breeze, as all the virtualized servers are built on a standardized virtualized hardware.

Pros

  • Snapshots - Upgrading an underlying OS and software is so much easier now with snapshots, if something goes wrong, rolling back to a snapshot is a breeze, and will put you back to a point before the process started.
  • Remote management is much easier, everything can be found under one interface, reducing the need to use third party tools.
  • Highly available - workloads can be seamlessly moved without an interruption of service. Server hardware can be upgraded and replaced with little to no downtime.
  • Templates - Provisioning a new server can be done in minutes with a few clicks.

Cons

  • Web interface - There is no longer an installable desktop client for management. While the web interface works fine, there is definitely room for improvement, when the interface is entirely moved away from flash and over to HTML5 that will be a huge step forward.
  • Pricing - The pricing makes it harder to justify for a small business when Microsoft is giving away virtualization.
  • We've been able to keep server costs down, while allowing increased uptime.
  • Backups are completed in a much smaller time window.
vSphere is easier for me to manage, and also has more flexibility and compatibility with third party utilities, which is ultimately why we moved forward with VMware vSphere vs Microsoft Hyper-V.
You really can't go wrong with choosing vShere, as long as it fits in your budget I see no reason to choose a competitor. If uptime and ease of management are important to you (hint: it definitely should be), and you haven't virtualized your servers, you definitely should look at vSphere. Once you have vSphere in place you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

VMware vSphere Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
10
Management console
8
Live virtual machine backup
9
Live virtual machine migration
10
Hypervisor-level security
9

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