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VMware vSphere Room for Improvement

Owner at a transportation company with 1-10 employees

I'm not aware of every option that our solution provides, but I see mostly two things. Provide a better solution for hybrid clouds and migration to the cloud. That could be one thing. The second one is providing some integration with different solutions at the application level, such as Kubernetes.

There is always a problem that the application level solutions are not aware of lower levels of infrastructure, of architecture. Some bundled applications with a stack of new VMs with better templates, including the deployment of such things. Monitoring could also be improved.

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Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The biggest pain point is probably the firmware management of the underlying hardware. It could be a lot better.

We use HP hardware. The biggest thing is the firmware upgrades and other items at the backend. You have to take down the system. It's an in-memory database and that can sometimes cause issues. If you have to do firmware upgrades, it's organizing downtime and all sorts of things, which normally in a VMS space isn't an issue. They have embedded some of this in 7.1, however, I haven't tested it or seen it in action as yet. 

That said, one of the problems is that when we're sort of behind big memory servers and the databases in them if you migrate it, it potentially breaks the system off. That's a big pain point that the firmware management of the underlying hardware should handle. VMware doesn't really cater to it, however, Nutanix to some degree does cater for. It gets pretty expensive, however.

We are always sort of one or two versions behind. We never test the latest version. I would say for me personally, the management aspect with large memory and in-memory databases for the motions and stuff like that is what it needs. That's one of the key things that I need really, from a support perspective. That's caused a number of issues already. 

You do get something called host profiles, which they've also improved slightly, however, I still think it's a bit clunky in terms of the way you can manage it. They can produce something to improve that aspect slightly.

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Head of Service and Storage Infrastructure at GS2E

The cost is an area that could be improved. Today, there are many hypervisor solutions on the market that are less expensive and provide the same functionality. They share the same characteristics. I believe that one area where VMware can improve is in pricing, as we have found VMware products to be on the expensive side at times.

I'm only considering the VMware solution, with the cloud solution. I would like to see cloud integration, such as cloud service and cloud feature, in the vSphere license. That's exactly what I'm looking for.

In terms of cost, I believe there is room for improvement. They must work on the price, as well as the technical support.

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Bilal Aslam - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder & Technology Advisor at EUC Solutions

To manage it properly, you have to know this product really well. For the most part, it is very easy to use.

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Assitant Director - IT at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

I can't think of any features that are missing. I'm not really using any advanced options and don't have complex requirements.

The solution could be a bit more user-friendly.

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IT Support Officer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees

Before the latest versions of this software, we used to work with versions 5.5 and below. We used VMware vSphere as a client, as an application, e.g. it was not web-based. Now that has changed, because they've moved it from the application to the web-based version. It's the only change I've seen which I found very difficult because it was challenging to connect to the web, particularly because it can be very slow. It freezes, unlike the app version which was absolutely perfect.

The performance was better with VMware vSphere as an app, but not with the web-based client. The web-based client could be improved, in terms of its speed. It could be faster, but I also just learned that since everything is moving to cloud, there's a reason why there's a web-based client now.

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AllanTrambouze - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant senior en technologie de l'information at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The HR proxy is actually a little bit harder to install and setup than other vmware products. So, direct integration with a vSphere distributed switch would be great addition, but you can bypass this setup if you chose an NSX-T switch.

The distributed switch, which is the networking part of vSphere, should have more functions. It should be like VMware NSX-T so that network management with VMware Tanzu will be better, although it is already good.

vSphere 7.0.1 is not available on ARM computers for production loads. I hope that it will become available soon so that we can run our production web server container on it, for example.

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Systems Engineer/Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The web user interface can be a bit clunky from time to time, so there may be some room for improvement in that regard.  I was a fan of the C# client for as long as I could use it.  The move from flash to HTML5 for the web interface is an improvement but still not a good as C# was.

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Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I'm a big fan of vSphere; I have used it since the days of 3.5, all the way up to now. When you deploy it as a complete stack, from vSphere to vCenter to the vRealize Operations, Orchestrator, all the way up, you're into your NSX login site, the entire cloud stack. By the time you're done, you begin to feel, "do you really need so many different pieces that you need to connect? Could it not just be a single, unified product?" I'm not saying the integration is difficult. It is seamless. But it gets to you at a point. There are times where you really begin to think, "I got this." Not, " it should be much easier than this."

I can't think of anybody on the planet who would actually have issues with vSphere. vSphere is as stable as the word stable gets. When you do the entire stack scenario unless you're doing something like VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, wherein it becomes a much more seamless solution where you are using discrete hardware, you're creating the entire cloud platform. It gets a little tedious doing all those workflows at times.

From a management center, particularly referring to the private cloud stack, I would prefer for it to be a lot more seamless. There are competitors, Cloud Management Platform or Morpheus, for example. It's a product you deploy and you're good to go. With this, there are so many different pieces to connect. It grows on you.

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Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The licensing costs for the solution are quite high.

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Global IT Infrastructure Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 5,001-10,000 employees

The challenge that we have is keeping the system up to date, as well as having the internal resources to maintain that platform. We're not an IT company, so it's challenging for us to keep the IT resources in-house. It is for this reason that we are now investigating public cloud offerings.

We would like to see VMware move in the direction of having a working model on the application level. The next level of virtualization, most likely container solutions, is what we're interested in. That would avoid us having to support the operating system and tooling. Overall, it would make it easier for us from a customer perspective to use it.

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OmidKoushki - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at KIAN company

The biggest problem in this solution is the incompatibility of some of the features with some of the drivers installed on servers. For example, if I want to install vSphere on an HPE server, the driver is really different from a Dell server or a Fujitsu server. I need to download different drivers and install them manually, which can be improved by VMware. They can offer a special image to match different servers. We face different problems when we install vSphere on an ESXi server and have different drivers on the storage. ESXi cannot detect different kinds of storage, and they should improve this. 

We updated our existing version to vSphere 7 in a private environment, but it seems that this version is not very stable. We are facing issues with restarting the host. In earlier versions, such as vSphere 6 or 6.5, we didn't have any such problems.

It would be good if VMware can offer specific applications for mobiles to enable us to control the management of all servers by mobile. They should also improve the vCenter GUI because it is currently not compatible, and there are a lot of problems. Some of the options do not appear well in the browser. VMware should spend more time resolving the problems in the GUI.

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IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

The container management could be improved. It's far from perfect right now.

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Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Commercially, you see other products, like Nutanix, which offers a free hypervisor. It would be ideal if this solution was the same in that regard.

There are certain tools the can't run in parallel and occasionally, in those instances, we have trouble migrating customers from one source to our data center.

If I'm replicating workload from the data center and, I have to migrate some of the workload to my location, I have to stop that application. Only then I can run vSphere. That is the biggest challenge. If both the tools cannot run in parallel, it becomes a problem. There should be some sort of way to run these two products in parallel.

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Abbasi Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

There is some room for improvement but if we're not satisfied converting all of our physical assets into virtualized ones, since we have a scope for other technologies, we can always go for containerization.

There are some challenges around ESXi hosts — converting them into VMs. Also, it could definitely be more secure, overall.

It would be nice if other users could see or accept the VMs that we create — this has to do with the cluster.

The cluster should be able to be viewed by multiple sets of users apart from the operating team. If a developer also wants to have access to the cluster, it's complicated. Role-based access should be available to make this easier.

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Delivery Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

In terms of what could be improved, they should improve their storage management part. vSphere has its own file system type, called VMSS, and that file system doesn't report on proper data usage or things like that. There are certain loopholes wherein it sometimes shows you erroneous data. Again, their VMSS file system, their data storage management system, and its reporting must be improved a lot.

There are certain features which are called VCE which are available as a separate suite for this VMware cloud. The networking is almost integrated within the vSphere so it would be really helpful for the implementation team if they also had an orchestration for a different storage. There might be multiple OEM storage in the back-end, for example, that could connect with the vSphere while the vSphere shows it to the front-end user as a single storage. There is a lot of scope in terms of managing hybrid storage at the back-end of vSphere.

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Founder at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

There are certain issues that can be improved. No solution is perfect, even though it's working for most of us most of the time. There are certain issues that crop up and some of them are not due to VMware. It could be due to the hardware it is running on. Therefore, it would be ideal if they could provide more knowledge on the fault tolerance and the high availability as some things are just assumed and then users find later that the use cases are different. Sometimes you may assume something applies to a use case only to find that it doesn't. If they improve on the knowledge base and documentation, it would be extremely helpful.

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Lead QA Analyst at Loomis Express

We've been using vSphere on Windows 7, and it had less fluff associated with ThinApp. Currently, with Windows 10 version that we have, it adds a lot of bulk to ThinApp. We have offices spanning across Canada from the east coast to the west coast. A ThinApp that is roughly around 400 MB in size would take minutes to open up. With Windows 7, the same ThinApp used to be close to 75 to 80 MB in size. So, I'm really not happy with the extra fluff that is bundled in Windows 10. It really messes things up for us at times.

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Nitin Pande - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its price could be better. It is expensive, and its price is a big concern.

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IT Solution Architect at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

Its cost needs to be improved. It is very expensive as compared to other solutions.

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Chris Childerhose - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON

Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.  When the next release comes out ensure all bugs/fixes are implemented as there was some pretty nasty ones on initial 6.5 release.

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Pré-vendas at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

The visualization market is likely going to adopt more features in the network aspect of the typical data center. It would be useful to have features like micro-segmentation, changing the mix as well as part of vSphere. This is not currently provided and to achieve this, you need the VMware NSX product, which is a different product with its own license. I think some sort of migration tool could be introduced to migrate to the cloud. It should include integrations with a hooked cloud environment, or on-prem and even between clusters. For example, sometimes I need to migrate a VM from a vSphere environment to a hooked cloud environment.

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Irad Dukad - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at ducart

I would prefer it if there was a better connection between the storage and the server. For that reason, I'm going to HCI or dHCI. I want to integrate it all into one interface and I can't do that here. That's why I'm going to HCI or dHCI.

The initial setup is a bit complex. You likely will need some help with the implementation. It's not something just anyone can do.

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VMware PSO Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

vSphere itself can handle lots of things, but I can say when it comes to other products, we have lots of other availability, lots of other visibilities with the data center that we have. The areas that could be improved are dependent on the project that we are working on and the use cases.

There are some limitations with the solution regarding migrating. For example, some features like EVC we have in vSphere, but still, it is not possible to migrate VM from Intel to AMD, or we still have some limitations even if we have EVC for VMs.

These are the features that maybe would be really useful for lots of customers that don't want to have downtime, and at the same time they want to be modernized, go through the new technologies now, cloud and everything.

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Mohamed_Ashraf - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Product Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

In terms of what could be improved, we do face some bugs when cloning the virtual machine - it fails sometimes. Also, using the customization certification also fail sometimes. Sometimes powering-on the virtual machine fails. But we opened the ticket with VMware as we have the warranty.

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CIO at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its performance is an issue in version 6.5, but with the inclusion of HTML files in vSphere version 6.7, the experience is seamless. In version 6.7, VMware has included the HTML file protocol for the web browser or web console, which has changed the console's response and improved the performance.

We are using the trial version of vRealize Operations. It would be nice if some of those capabilities could be included in future versions of vSphere, not as a part of vRealize Operations, but in vSphere itself. It can provide some kind of forecast about your resource consumption based on the actual workload and modeling or testing scenarios. It can give you some advice or tips for the future growth of your infrastructure.

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IT Manager at a logistics company with 11-50 employees

Technical support could be a bit better at assisting. 

The solution should be more secure. Of course, it can depend on the deployment of your system on your side. Sometimes if the system is closed, you don't necessarily need more security. However, since we use different applications and tools, we must use different tools. We don't combine our security tools. However, we need to ensure that products like these are secure, and it would be ideal if more security was baked in.  

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Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

While they have got enough integration as of now, they definitely need to get more cybersecurity integration as that is always beneficial.

The installation is complex and you need to have a good understanding in regards to what you are doing when you are setting it up.

The solution is relatively expensive. It's a big downside. 

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Tommy Myo Min Aung - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

VMware vSphere could be improved with cheaper costs. 

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Senior IT Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The HTML 5 client has always lagged behind. It would be nice if this wasn't the case. It's one of the key areas that they need to improve on.

In a previous company, I did not have a very good experience with technical support.

The main problem with the product is how it manages its snapshotting technology, which would need a complete ground-up rebuild. Likely, they won't put that in, however, basically, if you have an old snapshot, you want to get rid of it. It crushes the environment. This is due to the fact that all of your changes have to be written back to disk when you're deleting something versus just deleting it.

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Emmanuel FOMUDE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Oracle Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

It would be good if VMware vSphere could permit hard partitioning. If a company wants to purchase very expensive applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite or Oracle Fusion and they have vSphere technology implemented in their data center, it will cost them a lot because it has a very heavy, strong, or robust server that has strong processing capacity. The license will not cost the license of vSphere, the virtual server created by vSphere. The license will be the license for the whole server, so it creates a lot of challenges.

If it's possible for virtual hard partitioning to be implemented so that those who are using very sophisticated applications like E-Business Suite and other applications that require licensing on a processor, a virtual processor, could benefit from it, then it would be great. That is, integration with more expensive platforms is needed.

It would be nice to pay once for an unlimited license. If you decide to quit later on, you could pay the support charges.

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Database Administrator at a government with 1-10 employees

An area for improvement for VMware vSphere is the archiving tool, because sometimes we are using the VMware OVF Tool for backups, but archiving is not very fast when we are backing up the virtual machines. It needs improvement.

What we'd like to see in the next release is for the exporting process to be improved, because what we've observed is that when exporting VMware graphically, sometimes the process stops. We have to use the command-line utility: OVF Tool which is more reliable, so we'd like VMware vSphere to have a better and faster exporting process.

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Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

An area for improvement is that when comparing VMware to Nutanix, Nutanix has higher availability, like clustering for virtual machines. That is a good idea and VMware could profit from something like that for higher availability installations.

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Sergei Terekhin - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of System Architecture Department at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I can't think of any particular features that are missing within the solution. It's quite complete.

There are occasionally bugs or errors.

Some customers are of the opinion that the pricing is too expensive for them.

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Michael-Kierum - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at Absolute Precision

We're moving towards containerization and it was unclear what I'd have to do to support containerized environments alongside multiple systems of Linux and Windows. My aim was to get to a single hypervisor environment in which I could support a container environment as one of the array of other applications. Whether due to a lack of training or information, I was unable to get to that. Some people look at VMware as being an alternative to containerization, enabling them to dispense with solutions like Kubernetes and Docker in order to do away with VMware. That's not the reality and I'd like to have a transparent platform that can support all of them.

Aside from cost, I'd like to see some simplification in the solution. The main issue is manageability or scalability of skilled resources, the degree to which the product delivers a stable environment that can be managed by a less technical person. 

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The solution is too expensive for us and we don't have any funds to direct towards it. We just started the company, which makes it hard to explore the solution the way we want to with the amount of cost involved to do so. They should work to make the licensing more affordable.

I want to be able to use OpenStack, however, I can't do that without vCenter, and it's so cost-prohibitive for us, it's become a problem.

We've only faced one technical issue. That is downloading the virtual machines and uploading the virtual machines. It takes a lot of time and we cannot transfer the VMware from one machine or directly from one server to another. That action requires vCenter. That may only be an issue on the free version and not the pro version. On the pro version, you have much better features. 

It would be ideal if they could integrate billing software so that clients can customize it directly on the virtual machine. Billing should also be done automatically. Perhaps this is already the case, however, I haven't really had a chance to explore it fully.

While I'm currently on the free version, I'd like to have the ability to explore the pro version to see what is on offer there.

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Information Technology Manager at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees

There was a time we lost the password for the ESXi and we had to do a hardware reset. At this point, we had to fill up the ESXi from the bottom up. I am not sure if there was another solution to this problem but it took a long time. We were told it would only be a few hours to resolve but in fact, it took one day. Having to explain this downtime to management was not the best experience.

In an upcoming release, there could be a better ability to manage and control the synchronization of the power in the vSphere.

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Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The solution is quite expensive.

I haven't evaluated or looked at any other solutions for the most part and therefore can't speak to any aspect that is really lacking compared to what else is on the market.

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Ahmad Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure System Engineer at King Saud University

The quality of support could be better.

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Logistics and product Manager at a security firm with 11-50 employees

A little automation would help. VMs normally use CPU resources. Let's say that a particular host or a server has ten VMs. Out of that, five VMs are performing, and the others aren't performing at the best level. It would help if VMware automatically learned that, and the suit itself came down to that level. When you normally give a VM four CPUs and the entire GB memory, then memory and the CPU belong to that VM.

But let's say that the VM is not using four CPUs. It's just using two CPUs. Then automatically at the VM level and without the client or the customer knowing, it should just use it at the backend. It would be better this way instead of telling the customer that they are going to reduce it. For them, it's always four CPUs, but at the backend, it's always working with two CPUs or something like that. That would have been a cool feature.

I know VMWare has this Operations Manager. I know that it comes at a price because VMWare normally wants to charge for everything in the software. But I'm not seeing all the features of the Operations Manager. I only see a few features. If all the features can be included in one package, that would be good.

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Benjamin Hlophe - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Technology Operations at Kutleng Engineering Technologies

The biggest room for improvement would be just simplicity. It is very intuitive, but it needs somebody with a lot of IT background. 

The way VMware manages storage is not the best. Nutanix manages storage a little bit differently, but we are not using Nutanix. VMware needs to find a way to manage storage properly. There should be storage aggregation and better management of storage.

We tried to install drivers for 100 Gigabit Ethernet Mellanox, and it was very difficult to put third-party hardware and upgrade the servers. We had to roll back because it just wouldn't boot.

Its price definitely should be improved. Its pricing is on the expensive side.

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Yan BENOIST - PeerSpot reviewer
Entrepreneur at WindiS

The graphical vSphere vCenter interface is now in HTML. I'm not very found of it. Sometimes you can't find items and you need to log in to the different hosts.

Some work has to be done with this admin console.

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SenthilKumarGM - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

We would like to see the container-based operating system launched soon for this solution.

In a future release, multi-cloud capability should be simplified and easy to handle for administrators. For example, if I have a private cloud and public cloud and we have a feature to run VMware between these two, currently there is some complexity. We are hoping this can improve to allow us to run the workload anywhere.

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Deputy director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution could be cheaper and less expensive.

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VMware Software Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

The latest version of the solution has a few bugs. This may be due to the fact that they moved to web-based management. There are some problems in that web-based management, however, it's a minimal issue.

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Senior Configuration Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees

There's a lot of things they can improve on, but it's just a matter of where they are at in their development cycle right now. I wish they would have been able to handle Apple at this point, but they can't. So it's just one of those things. They've got features I'm still trying to understand. We haven't gone to containers yet, and I'm trying to find a use for a container.

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System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The reporting could be improved.

We'd like to see better monitoring. There should be better alert systems in place. 

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FelixDiaz - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelance, Automation Project Administration, DCS, I&E at Centennial Cayman Corp Chile S.A

I'm using vSphere at a high level. Sometimes, I find it challenging to integrate different networks, but I think it's just my lack of knowledge. For example, some companies have private internal networks, so we must connect to external networks, routers, or switches. 

And the backups are something we have to integrate with one of them because they are just running with what they have. And I don't know why it wasn't considered from the beginning because they believe that they can back up the whole computer, but it's not a good solution. I have taken measures like exporting critical databases that I normally modify and figure out, but I would prefer a centralized system.

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Kshitij Singhai - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Computech Associates

Its price should be better. Their support should also be more customer-friendly, and they should train people like us so that we know more about the latest technologies and features. If there is some program and drive from their side to teach us, it is definitely going to help us.

Pricing and support are the most important features for mid-level companies. We are not implementing this solution for big tech companies.

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IT Manager at a legal firm with 51-200 employees

The product meets our needs pretty well. I can't recall noticing any missing features. It's pretty complete. 

Our hopes are that it continuously keeps improving.

The cost could always be lower. 

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Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

The solution doesn't seem to be missing any features currently.

It would be ideal if the integration capabilities were a bit more robust.

Technical support could be faster in terms of response times.

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PrasadMane - PeerSpot reviewer
System Advisor IT at CRIF High Mark

The only concern that I have with VMware is the support. It is very limited and can be better.

When you get support from the VMware global team or support locations, customer complaints are not entertained or taken seriously by the VMware global team or support centers. Other OEMs, such as Microsoft and Oracle, would make you a priority.

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Yves-Schatzmann - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

VMware vSphere has a limited scope and necessitates the adding of additional products. This involves further complexity and expense. NSX is a product of VMware vSphere and it would be nice to see the solution have full integration capabilities with it. 

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Sr. Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees

I think what they need to improve on is their pricing. They're starting to get a little high-end in terms of price compared to other solutions and the other solutions are catching up. Everything with VMware is very modularized and you can't just buy one piece and be done with it.

In my opinion, they would be wise to include a high availability out of the box type set up and not just for cloud, but site to site.

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Operation Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The initial setup is quite complex.

We would like the pricing to be lower. It's very expensive right now.

There could be more security features added to the product.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I don't think that the solution must be improved.

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Jeroen De Jonge - PeerSpot reviewer
Autodidact Quantum Physics- Quantum mechanics. at IC Consultancy

The only way for it to be a complete product is if you integrate all the functionalities. Then you don't need any backup solution anymore and you can do it by yourself. Integration needs improvement. They should improve a lot of the functionality because normally it's half of a product. You're only protecting yourself against technical failures but not against any cyber threats or any other stuff. It's not about prevention, it's about time to recovery because it's going to happen anyway. 

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Kobus Almon - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at perfekt

The integration with containers should be addressed. While they have started to integrate with Tanzu, the integration is not that good at the moment. 

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Cyber Security Technical Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Whatever VMware features that are provided on a virtual workstation should also be provided here. However, various features don't seem to be included. 

There needs to be more integration overall. That would be quite helpful.

The stability could improve a bit.

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Executive Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The price is a big issue for us because the market is very competitive in our country, so we can't really push our VMware vSphere products because the customers will prefer to use something cheaper. Customers in our country are very price-sensitive, so if the price were reduced it would be more popular.

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General manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

The solution should offer more integration capabilities. 

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System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The user interface could use some improvement.

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Systems analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would like to see VDP and other features included to back up the VMs in a native manner.

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Rangga Kusuma - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Tim Infrastructure, and IT Security at Lembaga Penjamin SImpanan

We are provided with a mini dashboard that has been improved in the latest version but it still could be better. The monitoring is now available on the vCenter dashboard and the vROps has been added to the basic version that had to be purchased separately before. A complete dashboard has always been provided with some competitors, such as Nutanix.

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Domingos Francisco - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Administrator at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees

On the older version of VMware vSphere, possibly version four, we had a feature that allowed us to backup Ziploc machines. It has not been available in the newer version such as six or seven. I have been looking for another solution to accomplish the backups but they should bring back this plugin-type tool to allow older backup capabilities.

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CEO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The cost can be better.

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Gabriele-Pizzigati - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software and Systems Engineer at SAMU.IT

The only concern I have with VMware vSphere is that the level of support is inadequate. It's not very fast. The support is good, but it's slow.

When we need help, we require someone to answer the phone quickly.

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Information Technology Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

There should be a bit more flexibility in terms of the hardware we can use with the product. There needs to be better compatibility. 

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Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The price could be better.

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Neeraj Mehra - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager of Solutions and Support at Esconet Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Both the price and the licensing fee are expensive, especially for our clients with a smaller workload.

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Leonardo Shewchenko - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Support Coordinator at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The documentation could be improved. It does not help me to show the client the value of going with VMware vSphere rather than an open source or cheaper solution.

If we have extensive documentation that is complete and helps us understand all the features, it will help us to try to propose the solution itself and try to show the value of going with it.

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Shams K - PeerSpot reviewer
Vmware Administrator at Intertech

An area for improvement would be integration with different platforms. In a future release, I would like to see a feature that alerts the user if they make a mistake with configuration or if there is a vulnerability.

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ForrestWu - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

The initial setup could be better. Follow the instruction you can set it up, but it's not very straightforward, and you need some storage and network knowledge to get the better understanding.

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Igor Schwarz - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Engineer at Emet Computing

Stability-wise, there are some minor issues.

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IT & Security Team Leader at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

They can maybe review its price. They can also consider offering a free public version for development for a certain number of users. 

I am using version 6.7, and it would be good if it has support for SaaS storage. They might already have this feature in the latest version 7.1.

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MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

If you're converting from any other virtualization system to VMware, you will note that the price is significantly higher. 

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Stefano Panigada - PeerSpot reviewer
Specialist SE Manager at Dell EMC

The improvement is more from a licensing perspective rather than from a feature functionality perspective. There could be more flexibility and fewer model options to make it easier to sell. Today, there are so many different options available, and sometimes, it is not really clear which one is the right version or the right model to propose. 

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Network and Security Engineer at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Without a lot of physical RAM on the hardware, it's not very effective. The stability could be improved in cases like this. In addition, I would like to see easier and more widely available integration options.

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IT Operations Support at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

The support for the latest version could be improved.

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Infrastructure Senior Specialist at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

The UI could use some improvements, especially in dark mode. There are some features not enabled or do not function as expected.

I would like to see VMware try a new service like Blockchain.

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Fernando Tamariz - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Specialist at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would like to have replication between sites available in the standard version.

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Daniel Aramayo - PeerSpot reviewer
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.

I think the pricing could be lower, and the technical support could be improved.

I would like to see more active replication in the next release.

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Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution could improve by providing better information on what other products it is compatible with. For example, we have customers that do not like AMD Chipsets used with VMware but it is not a technical issue, they need to bring more awareness. 

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Assistant Consultant with 10,001+ employees

I can't speak to any missing features. It has everything I need.

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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

They can lower the price of its license.

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Costinel Tunsoiu - PeerSpot reviewer
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

One of the areas creating a crash is when you are cloning.

If you are cloning a virtual machine and you have any license on another system it will crash and we have to contact third-party support for assistance.

It's not cloning 100%.

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IT Manager at pioneers

The monitoring is not good in vSphere, many times you have latency or you cannot find what you want. The events should be improved.

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Rommie  Kaputin - PeerSpot reviewer
IT TECHNICAL/ SERVER ADMINISTRATOR at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

One problem that needs fixing is when we run the backup for the servers, the servers become inaccessible to everybody on-site while it is creating a snapshot. If your server size is large you will have to wait longer when the server is unavailable. 

In the future, it would be a benefit for VMware to improve on the Storage vMotion feature by making it become faster between host. It takes a lot of time to transfer files between hosts currently.

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Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

I would like to see it more open to working with other platforms.

They could improve the pricing. The license could be cheaper.

They have multiple components required for the setup. It would be better to integrate it into one solution, especially for small business companies.

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Michael Ogunlade - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc

I would like to see improvements in simplifying automation, cloud native deployment, administration, and fault resolution.

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Director Global Security at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees

I would like to see support for endpoint virtualization.

Another thing that I would like to see are improvements with respect to performance.

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OscarMunoz - PeerSpot reviewer
Jefatura del Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información at SERGEAR SAC

The main issue for us is the cost of the solution. 

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Technical Manager at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees

I would like to see the configuration simplified. It should be easier to configure.

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Information Technology Manager & Chief Information Officer at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees

The enhancements that come out from time to time usually surpass what we need. We tend to upgrade because we do not want to be behind, but our needs don't continually grow. We are not very fast in terms of appetite for new things. However, we do appreciate that there is a continuous improvement, and for us, it is just a matter of being able to spin up a new environment quickly.

An improvement could be in terms of keeping up with the upgrades. The upgrades could be set in an automated way so that the newer features don't require you to manually update, or you get an option to update automatically. This would be a useful enhancement.

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Sr. Virtualization Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees

The price could be better. The licensing is definitely expensive and tech support is sometimes frustrating.

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Mohab Samy - PeerSpot reviewer
VMware Technician Manager at VAS

I would like to see more support regarding containers, and they need more features for them.

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Hans-Peter Volk - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Professional Services at Axians ICT Austria GmbH

We are very close to VM, all of our pain-points involve direct discussions. There are no special pain-points. This solution allows us to handle our system. It's required in business processes.

The management could be simplified for base-level customers, but of course, it would be difficult to match all customer needs. 

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Project Specialist at integra software

Security and patch-related items need improvement.

In the next release, we would like the security system improved.

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System Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The pipeline feature can be improved, as it doesn't allow for specific situations.

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Huy Le Quang - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Professional Architect at FPT Software

VMware vSphere is perfect for the on-premise solution, but we are in the cloud era, so I think maybe VMware needs to invest more in the cloud and the microservice chain. It would be better if VMware offered more cloud solutions and continuous applications.

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Hani Ismail - PeerSpot reviewer
Scrum Master - Digital Marketing at Vodafone

vSphere could perhaps be improved by more integration or better security. If there is ever something that could be improved, I am open to looking into it and proposing the improvement. 

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Line Technical Agent at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

In the next release, I would love to have Java as a service, platform as a service, and container as a service.

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Infrastructure Engineer at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees

There is nothing from my perspective that the product needs to improve. It works for all my needs.

I recommend that VMware vSphere continue to release more features.

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OscarMunoz - PeerSpot reviewer
Jefatura del Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información at SERGEAR SAC

We need to improve availability and disaster recovery in VMware vSphere.

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Consulting Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There should be more stability in the updates. They had an issue with the last release.

Their support should also be improved.

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Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Its price can be better. It is very expensive.

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Engineering Manager, R&D at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The performance of the solution could be better and there could be an extra level of security.

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Senior Buyer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution could be more stable.

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Network and Systems Administrator at Ishango-it

The licensing costs are expensive and most of the important features require a license. 

For example, we would like to use DRS but there is an additional license for that. If it were free then it would be very helpful. 

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Directeur Production, Infrastructure et Architecture IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is expensive. They can improve the licensing cost for Cloud Director.

They can also improve the integration with other applications and the metering feature, which is currently not flexible.

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Stanley Lee - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Engineer at ST Engineering Limited

I'd like to see a simplified integration with services automation. At the moment it requires a lot of network from partners and solution providers to do this - there are a lot of third party components that require integration. If they could improve this it would mean less integration for some key products and services.

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Product Management & Business Development Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

VMware vSphere could improve on the automation features and the ease of use of the solution in many areas, such as the interface. However, VMware is doing lots of great things.

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Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are many add-on modules for it.

It would be great if VMware could have a consolidated way of delivering this as software rather than pieces and several add-ons so that you could enjoy the product in its entirety.

There are many add-ons that you have to plugin to enjoy the feature or experience the full power of it.

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Luca Olivotto - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The way that vSphere manages the alerts on the data machine is not easy to configure.

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Head Of Infrastructure & Cloud ops at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

It could be more composable. At present, a fluid pool is not available to us, and it would be great to have the flexibility.

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Senior Distributed Platform Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

When you run vSphere on its own, that thing can run for 50 years without crashing. The problem starts when you start integrating it to clusters, migrating the virtual machines, doing the DRS, and applying the resource pool. The problem is with the memory. 

Sometimes it's impossible to prevent problems from happening. With vSphere, you never know where the problem is going to come from, but you will always know that there is a problem. This is the problem. 

I would make integration much better and improve speed. I would also make the errors more visible to the user. 

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IT Infrastructure Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It could be more scalable. 

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Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The installation is a little bit complex.

VMware vSphere needs to increase the datastore volume.

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Principal Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

VMware vSphere could be more secure and well-known to everyone.

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System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Improvements should be made to the controller. 

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We have had some problems setting up the monitoring with vSphere. The process could be simplified.

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Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution could improve by having more integration.

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Jose Vladimir Leon Higueras - PeerSpot reviewer
Virtualization Solutions Specialist at datec

One issue with the product is that the sentencing has changed a lot.

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Buyer's Guide
VMware vSphere
April 2022
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