The user interface is very good.
We like the level of technical support that we get using this product.
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vCenter Configuration Manager was previously known as vCM.
The user interface is very good.
We like the level of technical support that we get using this product.
I don't think there are any features that the solution is lacking.
The solution is already quite user-friendly and offers good technical support, but it could always be further refined and improved.
The solution should allow for more customization.
I've been using the solution for one year.
The solution is stable and we haven't run into issues with bugs or glitches.
The solution is easily scalable. We've found it easy to expand. Other companies should not have any trouble if they need to scale it out as well.
We have about 10-15 people using the solution currently. They're all admins.
The technical support is very good. We've had a good experience with them and are satisfied with their level of support.
VMware is the most popular solution in the market and now everybody is using it. It is the most reliable as well. However, in my opinion, there are not enough competitors in the market, and all offer similar functionality.
The initial setup is quite easy. It's not complex. The solution offers good documentation that assists in the process.
We're just a customer and have no special relationship with vCenter. We use the latest version of the solution.
I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it eight out of ten.
We primarily use the solution to control the host.
The feature that is the most valuable for us is the SP portal.
The solution is very user-friendly.
The solution is very easy to manage.
The snapshot functionality on the solution needs improvement. After renewing the snapshot, all of the production was stuck. Right now, its functionality is one of our main concerns.
Aside from the snapshot, everything else is working fine. I can't think of any other features that we'd need in future releases.
I've been using the solution for the past five years.
The stability of the solution is very good. For us, there was no problem at all in our VMware. We haven't seen any bugs or glitches on the solution that would affect performance.
The scalability of the solution is quite good.
Currently, we have about 100 users on the solution.
The technical support of VMware on Dell is excellent. We've been more than satisfied with their level of service.
We didn't previously use a different solution before implementing this one. It's the first provided by Dell.
The initial setup of the solution is straightforward. We found it very easy.
The deployment was quick as well. It only took us about half an hour to get everything up and running.
You only need one person to manage the deployment of the solution.
The first time we deployed the solution, the Dell team handled the implementation. Now we are able to handle it ourselves.
We've had the solution for four to five years, but I'm unsure of the licensing costs surrounding it.
Before choosing vCenter Configuration Manager we didn't evaluate other solutions.
I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. It's a fantastic product.
The feature that I have found most valuable is the virtual machine management across different hosts, located in different areas. This is the most accommodating aspect I have found using vCenter.
In terms of what could be improved, I would say easier management of the whole environment, meaning an easier interface.
Additionally, they could improve the hybrid-cloud environment and its management, not only for the localhost but also including the connection between the public and private cloud.
I have been using vCenter Configuration Manager for almost three years.
It is a stable solution.
vCenter is scalable.
Right now we don't have too many people using the application since we don’t need that many administrators on the environment, so less than 20 people are using it.
The initial setup was not so complex. My team and I did it by ourselves.
I think the first time I set it up the installation took two or three days. My second time was much easier - just a couple of hours.
On a scale of one to ten, I would rate vCenter Configuration Manager an eight. I would recommend it.
vCenter Configuration Manager is a central management tool for our virtual environment. This solution is used for the configuration of our users' settings, helping to power the ITIL process. Without it, we would not be able to manage our environment.
The most valuable feature is support for hyper-converged infrastructure.
This solution supports multiple platforms in a single solution.
The cost of this solution should be improved.
I have been using vCenter Configuration Manager for seven to eight years.
I think that this is a stable solution.
Scalability depends on the planning and the infrastructure that is in place.
The initial setup is straightforward. Once it is installed, everything is tested and it looks fine, we can go ahead with the converged platform.
Deploying the proper solution with the features that we are looking for takes about a month.
We use a consultant for helping to deploy this solution.
I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
The most valuable features that VMware's vCenter Configuration Manager have when compared with other solutions are their disaster recovery and business connectivity capabilities. All the software that VMware produces has very good business connectivity and disaster recovery features.
Configuration Manager should decrease the deployment time in the data center and the management time as this could help many data centers reduce their operating costs.
I think most of VMware's software is easy and simple to use but they lack the capability to manage other systems. When working with some other software out there you have a total solution for managing and configuring your data centers. Many other virtualization systems have this feature, and it would be a good idea for VMware to switch to this approach because I think most data centers are looking for total solutions to manage their data centers. Our trends show that this kind of simple management software is going to be a part of orchestration systems.
Overall, I think it's good enough to use for most customers who have VMware solutions in their data centers.
I have been working on virtualization for around seven or eight years.
This software helps customers to reduce management operations, including saving their resources and total cost. The basic platform is very good for reducing operational costs. Plus, the automation and easy deployment are very important to many data centers.
In terms of scalability, yes, most of the software that VMware produces is enterprise and scalable and they define the business connectivity and disaster recovery very well in most of their software.
In some cases, I have contacted support when I use the software, but mostly I am helped with the data centers by our in-house engineers. The quality is not black and white. It depends on the engineer that you get, but most of these companies have good software consultants.
The initial setup is perfectly easy to deploy, as well as in other VMware software. It takes less than five hours to deploy.
Most VMware software is easy to use, although you don't need support for deployment, it may be helpful for maintenance.
If you compare the performance between virtualization solutions, I think KVM is better than VMware. But in terms of disaster recovery and business connectivity, VMware has a better-developed software here.
Our company is a data center solution architect and consultant. We look for the best solutions for our customers and we try to find the best one for each project. It doesn't matter if that solution is from a small company or a famous company - we look for the best solution for configuring the situation.
I think before using this kind of software, most companies should train their administrators to ensure that the deployment is perfect. Also, maintenance would be easier if you train your engineers before using this kind of software.
On a scale from one to ten, I would rate vCenter Configuration Manager a six. This is because compared to the other solutions such as Microsoft's StoreSafe or Studio Team System solutions or Ubuntu it is not as good.
This software is specific for VMware products whereas the other software is more flexible.
We are responsible for the planning stage only, and we gradually do monthly-based monitoring and capacity utilization of the IT infrastructure. Based on our findings, we do some brainstorming to determine if there was an error or if it was due to less processing or storage capacity or memory management, those kind of things. So we use this program to do internal planning, basically.
People will purchase this solution because it is cost-effective and it suits ERP or CRM for the virtual environment solution. Azure is currently very popular in India, and some are using VMware on the Microsoft platform or on Red Hat Linux.
I find the vMotion and the DRS very valuable and important, as it is required for any medium or large IT solution for business applications.
Customers who want a business solution, should try to implement the IDL based processes for configuration management, patch management, release management and asset management. It will improve the life cycle management of their solution.
I am very familiar with this program, as I've been using it for almost fourteen years now.
We haven't had any stability issues.
I believe the program is scalable. We have at least three to four people at each site, depending upon the capacity of the internal users within our organization site.
We have support partners with VMware and Microsoft. We give our solutions to the clients based on their requirements, and then we also use the program ourselves. The technical support is not bad. It is good internally for our organization, and we are not facing any problems now. We have not taken platinum support, so our teams that are operating from the client site will have to wait longer to get their problems fixed. That is because every OEM has layers of support for platinum, gold, silver, and those kinds of things.
The initial setup wasn't really complex, it's just that the system integrator and the client should sit together and plan the basic things. They should write down in detail how to collect the information of the IT and non-IT comments, as well as data classification, so that those can be populated into the asset as well as the Configuration Management tool, and subsequently the tool can be used in a better way.
Deployment doesn't take that long. If the data is available, it can be configured within three to four days, after certifying the valid data by the customer. Data collection takes up more time and, again, it depends on the customer, whether it is government or private. If it is government, it takes a little more time because some of the departments will be reluctant to share all their data in one go.
It is an affordable program, but I don't know what the licensing fees are.
In some cases, we require more from the solution than what is offered. We usually map these things into the Configuration Management tool so that they are taken care of or made available faster. I think this should be a part of the program so that those things could be reflected faster.
On a scale from one to 10, I will rate the program between 8.5 to 9.5 because in India some of the medium-sized business enterprises are not having a flexible IT budget for a configuration management tool. They prefer that the system integrator should buy it from his own pocket.
My primary use for vCenter is to manage my hosts and all my VMs via vCenter. I can also monitor my VMs and my environment.
There are a lot of features, but I've found vMotion and VRS the most valuable.
The main issue I have with vCenter Configuration Manager is that when I have a problem or error, I have to search a lot to get the solution. There isn't a clear document, and in some instances, none at all. There isn't a clear document covering all the errors. It would be helpful if the company provided better documentation for solving issues.
Additionally, I'd like to see more automation features in the next releases. If they could add more automation features to make the configuration and implementation processes easier, that would be good.
I have been using vCenter Configuration Manager for about six months. I'm pre-sales but lately my company and I have gotten a new task to go more deeply into technical problems and technical configuration.
This product is very stable, it's a very good product.
Configuration Manager is scalable.
The initial setup was simple.
We didn't evaluate a competitor, we only work with VMWare.
On a scale of 1 - 10, I would rate it an 8. I would recommend vCenter Configuration Manager to other users.
We primarily use the solution for a client that has an environment with three data centers with 25 hosts per site on each of them. There's also a headquarters in Israel. The solution is used at each center.
The interface is very user-friendly and the solution is simple to use.
The solution could use an internal cloud service. It should offer a vCloud foundation, but on-premises. For example, a small cloud environment or something that can be built on-premises and not hosted by Microsoft or other big hosting sites. We'd like to use some sort of vCloud to take the risks away from headquarters. The resources would be on-site on the customer side.
The reporting could be improved.
I've been using VMware in general for 12-14 years.
The solution is very stable.
The solution is scalable. Our last project was for a company with a workforce of around 10,000 people.
As integrators, we often are the technical support for our customers. Their technical support that the solution offers is also good.
We didn't previously use another solution. We prefer VMware.
The initial setup's difficulty depends on the client's environment. Deployment can be complex or simple, but it depends on the underlying architecture. It can take anywhere from two weeks to one year.
We're integrators, so we handle the implementation for our clients.
We use the on-premises deployment model.
We're an integration company.
I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it eight out of ten.
Our clients use it to get real, in-depth information about how the environment is being used; to see if they have to scale up, scale down, scale out.
Our clients have better knowledge of how they have to provision hardware and when they will need to provision hardware. It makes for more predictable environments. It prevents future problems.
The most valuable feature is the ability to see which virtual machines need more resources or are over-committed.
It can take a long time for the first information to become available. On the other hand, that's normal. It has to collect a lot of information before it can predict future needs. But it would be nice if there was some kind of base level to get started.
Stability is great, in my experience.
The scalability is also great. It can scale out as far as you want to go.
My clients already have VMware. In terms of investing in a new solution, most of the time my clients already have problems that they're not aware of, or they feel like they don't have control. That's when I get hired, to see if I have the knowledge, along with the knowledge of the VMware products, that can help them in the future. They don't have the internal knowledge for deploying and configuring all their VMware.
The initial setup is pretty much straightforward. You just implement an OVA, answer some questions for IP settings and how large the environment is that you want to monitor, and then the install configures itself. You have to configure some plug-ins, but there's no rush on that.
ROI depends on the size of the environment. If you have more than 1,000 virtual machines, you should definitely install this type of software. The time to ROI depends on whether you configured a new cluster. In that case, you probably have enough resources, but we want to know how far you can go in your cluster, how many virtual machines you have left, given the space.
It's a large application. It consumes a lot of resources. Sometimes the price is too high for our customers. If they buy it directly from VMware, its hard to convince the customer that we will bring down the total cost of ownership, in the end.
If they have an SLA, most of the time the solution is included in the license, and it's easier to get it deployed to the customer.
Some of our clients evaluate Nutanix. They go with VMware because it's an enterprise company, and most of my customers are enterprise. They want the full support of an enterprise company. It's supported through all the specs, not only the hardware but all the applications.
You should definitely go for this solution. Without this type of tooling, you're not aware of how your environment is functioning. You don't know if you are over-committed, or if you need to downsize. You get more inside information, and that's always useful.
My primary use case is for migration, to manage my host, if you have three ESXi, more than one ESXi, you need to manage all of them by vCenter. The jobs that I do with vCenter is the emission and the migration with VMware ESXi.
It's a management tool.
It's a very nice solution for our needs. I like the function in vCenter, you can use it and its mission. You can manage your VMs and use, and move VMs from host to another host, without a long time. It's a nice function for me, if I needed to update a host.
The functions are not running in HTML 5, this is a problem. In addition, the interface itself is not very user-friendly.
There are no issues with the stability of the product.
I do not necessarily use technical support. If I have a problem in vCenter, I use tertial line and then how to absorb it and then VMware has many curtains about this.
It is a very easy setup. The first time I used it, I set it up in Windows. I have deployed it in a prior employment, too. It was just as easy there, too.
I am not knowledgeable with the pricing of the product.
It's the best definition for our virtual environments, especially if you're using a VMware product.