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VMware Cloud Foundation is #2 ranked solution in top Hybrid Cloud Computing Platforms. PeerSpot users give VMware Cloud Foundation an average rating of 10 out of 10. VMware Cloud Foundation is most commonly compared to Azure Stack: VMware Cloud Foundation vs Azure Stack. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
What is VMware Cloud Foundation?

VMware Cloud Foundation makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.

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Infrastructure Systems Team Leader at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Good clustering, high availability, and the technical support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The DSR feature is valuable because we have internal clustering, and these features are good for us."
  • "The interface is good, but there are compatibility issues or issues with the certificate for the VCenter."

What is our primary use case?

We were working with versions 5, 5.5, 6, then upgraded to 6.7.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the clustering load. We have high availability for this product.  

The DSR feature is valuable because we have internal clustering, and these features are good for us.

What needs improvement?

I would enhance vSphere as an infrastructure service. Also to include the new vRealize automation and products that are related to automation.

The pricing could be reduced.

The interface is good, but there are compatibility issues or issues with the certificate for the VCenter. Many times when you access the link you are told to go to a trusted certificate.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have three to four years of experience with this solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable and easy.

We have 50 hosts.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We started with Hyper V, then we went to VMware.

The decision was made by the owner to change to VMware.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward at times and complex at other times.

What about the implementation team?

We started the installation with the help of the partners then we created the clusters and other services ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is expensive compared with Hyper V and Unitech's platform.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution, but some of my colleagues have concerns regarding the pricing.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
ICT Solutions Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Easy and straightforward to install but the price can be better

What is our primary use case?

We are service providers and therefore we only sell this program to our customers. So we don't use it ourselves. Our customers use it for all kinds of purposes like VDI environments, private clouds, connection to public clouds, office automation purposes and applications running on top of this. They use it to consolidate their environment of servers and it provides them a migration path towards cloud environment or private cloud environments.

What is most valuable?

Because I don't use the program myself, I can't answer this.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the pricing can be more competitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working on VMware Cloud Foundation for four to five years.

How was the initial setup?

The initial…

What is our primary use case?

We are service providers and therefore we only sell this program to our customers. So we don't use it ourselves. Our customers use it for all kinds of purposes like VDI environments, private clouds, connection to public clouds, office automation purposes and applications running on top of this. They use it to consolidate their environment of servers and it provides them a migration path towards cloud environment or private cloud environments.

What is most valuable?

Because I don't use the program myself, I can't answer this.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the pricing can be more competitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working on VMware Cloud Foundation for four to five years.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and easy. It's not so complex that you need to have experience with it.

What other advice do I have?

I believe it is a good product and our customers are satisfied with it, so I will rate it a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
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IT Development Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Virtualization is easy to scale up but it should have better integration abilities
Pros and Cons
  • "The product enables flexibility in network structures."
  • "The use of cloud and other integrations need to be improved and made easier."

What is our primary use case?

We use the product for servicing infrastructure and as a platform for various databases.

What is most valuable?

We are able to use the product to create virtual machines. We can automate everything. We automate implementation. When a customer has their own self-service portal, they can edit their services to do whatever they want. It is a really awesome and flexible feature.

What needs improvement?

This product can be improved by allowing better integration with other systems. Better integration with systems and even as common as something like Oracle or IBM virtualization platforms. I think the integration potential is very weak with other systems. We need better integration for most products and most importantly on the cloud. Centralized management for everything will make this a much better product.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the product for almost three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would estimate that the product is about 80% stable. It could be much better in this department.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think only virtualization is easy to scale up. You need to add hardware for physical scalability. We have about 10 administrators and 300 normal users. Scalability has been ok so far, but we may meet some limitations.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have had interaction with technical support and they are okay. So far they have been able to address my issues and do not take a long time to do so.

How was the initial setup?

The first time I installed it, it was complex. But after that, it became easy for me. The level of difficulty depends on your experience.

What about the implementation team?

I did not require assistance from a vendor or other resources. I did the implementation by myself, and now I do it for customers as well.

What other advice do I have?

For enterprise companies and huge data centers, you need a new cloud for each system. It's not acceptable so we try to work with everything centralized on-premises.

Telecommunication companies must have a cloud solution and on-premises. For everyday work, they will want to implement virtual machines. To maintain all those systems they need to have centralized management. A huge company must have these products. But it will be very costly for a small company or medium enterprise company.

The complexity depends on the size of the company. You need to enhance the workflows. Some things are difficult to incorporate as a new workflow. It is difficult but the end result is good. So, I recommend enhancing workflows first. 

On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate VMware Cloud Foundation as a seven.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Techincal Sales Manager at ENTAP TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Real User
Easy-to-use GUI, and provides a good disaster recovery solution
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is the disaster recovery software."
  • "We would like the ability to write to both sites at the same time, in a synchronous fashion."

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and this is one of the solutions that we provide to our clients.

The primary use of this solution is data center consolidation.

This solution gives you the option to have a second copy of your data center for disaster recovery. For VMware, you can achieve asynchronous replication, which means that you have active and passive replication between two sites. Active means that the production is up, but the disaster recovery is read-only. When you bring up the mirror, the other site becomes active and the production site becomes read-only.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the disaster recovery software.

The GUI makes this solution very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

We would like the ability to write to both sites at the same time, in a synchronous fashion.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very, very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability depends on your licensing.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support for this solution used to be excellent. When you had a problem they would look at it and send you an action plan. The plan included steps on how to repair the problem, and the same information is available if you were to encounter the same problem again in the future. You didn't have to log a new support ticket. Right now, they no longer follow this procedure. Now, the first thing they do is look at your SLA to see if it covers the problem. Next, you are left to whoever might be able to help you.

They do have a good knowledge base that includes a lot of problems and issues that have been resolved. There are steps that lead you through to resolution. You start by typing the error that you are getting, and then you will either get answers you need, or it will point you to something that gives you an idea of how to solve the problem. It doesn't always happen if you are running a beta version since it is still in the test phase.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is straightforward for me, although I have been using it for many years. If one of our customers is not tech-savvy then we don't expect them to handle the deployment on their own.

If you have had VMware training, I believe you should be able to perform the deployment. Normally, if a customer purchases a new IT infrastructure, we expect that they will go for training in order to support it.

What other advice do I have?

It is always a good idea to go for training. I would not recommend this solution for somebody who has no idea at all. It is simple, but not so simple that you can't do it without training.

Over time, VMware has improved a lot in terms of the interface and it's getting easier to use with a cleaner dashboard.

One of the biggest things that I have learned from using this solution is how much I appreciate the GUI. I come from a background where I used the command line often. When I started using this solution, I loved the GUI. It is excellent to use and to troubleshoot.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Virtualization Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
A stable solution with an easy initial setup and good mission aspects
Pros and Cons
  • "The mission aspect of the solution is the most valuable feature."
  • "They need to offer more support for Mac."

What is most valuable?

The mission aspect of the solution is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

Typically, the ABA in comparison to other products needs improvement, but it depends on the customer.

They need to offer more support for Mac.

I would like to have IT virtualization options similar to a Raspberry PI, if that's possible.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I believe the solution is scalable. We haven't had any problems with scalability yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've only used technical support a few times and they usually get back to me within the same day or the next day if it's a difficult issue. However, I haven't used technical support in a few years. I've mostly focused on utilizing more of their professional services for guidance related to configuration examples.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. Usually there are a few conflicts. You're typically always adapting an old infrastructure.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is expensive, but you pay for what you get. The price ultimately could be more competitive in my opinion.

What other advice do I have?

We use various deployment models; it's dependant on the client. We're a VMware partner.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.