VMware vSphere Valuable Features
Owner at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
VMware vSphere provides an easy way of providing near-zero downtime services, the operation of the instances between clustered services, and providing the projected SLA for our customers.
Mostly, we use a gap solution for PaaS and IaaS levels of solutions. We also use Kubernetes on the application layer and downtime to move to a different layer of workloads.
However, we still use plain virtual machine platform environments because we are leveraging just on-premise servers. We can't, or we don't want to fully move into clouds. That's why it's important for us to use a solution like VMware vSphere.View full review »
Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The solution has high availability.
The on the fly changing of the resources on a VM is very helpful.
You've got the underlying capacity, that's greater than what the actual server has, and therefore you have the ability to do on the fly add capacity. I would say that's by far the thing we use the most.
The VRS, to a lesser degree, is also quite useful to us. It does work in the environment.
The solution is very good from a recoverability point of view. Everything can be stored much easier on a virtual server than on a physical box.
vSphere is a robust and feature-rich virtualization platform. It is the number one virtualization-layer platform available, and a lot of people trust it.
Many other platforms now provide similar features but VMware was the first to provide enhanced recorders, DRS, fault tolerance, vMotion, and others. They pioneered these features and they are very stable.
VMware also provides software-defined storage, vSAN, which is built into the kernel. This is a plus point.
Other good features include DRS, HA, fault tolerance, vSAN, and vCenter is a very good management interface.
This platform is easy to maintain.View full review »
Assitant Director - IT at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's not a particular feature, really, however, I can say that the solution is just easy to maintain, and makes it easy to backup all those VMs. We can easily save our data and we can deploy VM machines very fast and create the delivery of the server in a pretty simple, dynamic way.
Our company has very limited requirements. We just create VMs and deploy VMs on the machine and give the users access. It's solving our problems perfectly. I'm not using any advanced features right now, however, it is sufficient.
It's very simple and I really like it overall.View full review »
VMware Tanzu (container) is the most valuable addition because you get an efficient solution to manage the VM and container in a single pane of glass.
The integration of Tanzu inside the base version of vSphere, without the need to install NSX-T, is a great addition. Many IT people don't know NSX-T and NSX can cost a lot, so it could save a lot of money. However, you will not get the enhanced network function due to the lack of NSX-T.
The improvements to vSAN with a file server service is also a very valuable feature for many companies because they will be saving with the management of an NFS storage or a file server.View full review »
Systems Engineer/Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The vSphere is very good at advanced things like memory sharing between VMs, and CPU scheduling between VMs.
I use the automation tools that they have today.
Their command-line tools integrate well with other Microsoft products like PowerShell, so I can manipulate VMs using it.
The capability to add on new features like site recovery and monitoring is helpful.View full review »
Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
VMware vSphere is replete with about a gazillion different features. In the context of vCenter, everything has been amalgamated into a single appliance. It's much more simplified at deployment. Because of that, immediately I would say the most useful feature is the Lifecycle Manager, VLCM, that is now available. So, what used to be the VMware of Data Manager has now changed to the Lifecycle Manager. Those changes are really, really useful.View full review »
Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
If you're looking at virtualization, it's probably the most stable virtualization platform that I have worked on.
VMware offers one of the most stable if not the most stable virtualization hypervisor.
The solution makes navigation very easy.
It makes migration very simple.
There is a lot of very impressive innovation happening within the product right now.
The integration capabilities are excellent.
We've found the product to be quite scalable.
The installation is quite straightforward.
You can do so much out of the box with their product, with their built-in technology. In vSphere, you can manage the hardware itself using the same platform.View full review »
Valuable features really depend on different projects. We are using the traditional infrastructure based on VMware vSphere. We are also using the high availability (HA) and Distributed Switch features to extend our network and switch between different hosts.
The VMotion and SVMotion features are very essential for us to relocate the storage of virtual machines to different storage or vSANs. We are using VMotion and SVMotion features several times of the day. We are also using another VMware product to replicate a lot of solutions to a second replication site.View full review »
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
The VMotion feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. The fact that you can move the load without service interruption to the users is great.
The initial setup is easy.View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution allows for very good virtualization.
It makes migration processes easy.
The product offers a lot of functionality. It helps use manage everything for the client.
The solution can be integrated with multiple other technologies. If you have Cisco CSA solution, for example, it integrates well.
If you want to use third-party tools, you are able to do so.
With respect to the Windows environment, it's very, very easy to use.View full review »
All of the features are great. It affords us different views of the VMs created by vSphere so we can control them better. It provides us with a single view into VMs as an asset. We create thousands and thousands of VMs using vSphere.
We have created more than 6,000 VMs. With this solution, through a single pane, we can see inside the vCenter. We can see our VMs that are running on-premises, the data center, and the ones that are in the Cloud.View full review »
Delivery Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The features that I have found most valuable are the overall good ease of use and the good interface which makes it very easy to migrate from one bare metal to another. These are the two things which I like about it. There are certain things as well which I don't like.View full review »
The higher availability and the vMotion, I would say, are what makes it very interesting as you avoid systems being down. It provides, if you cluster, high availability, and your services can move from system to system to avoid downtime.
The solution is stable.
The scalability is great.
Technical support is helpful and always available.View full review »
Lead QA Analyst at Loomis Express
Overall, it is a pretty good solution. We do not have to worry about upgrading the versions that people use for our in-house software. We just create ThinApps, and as soon as they log in, they always get the upgraded version. This part really works well for us.View full review »
Server Virtualization is the most important feature because that helps me to utilize 100% capacity of my physical server or box. Its redundancy, uptime, or high-availability is also valuable.
Storage-sharing is also valuable. In vSAN, I can utilize the maximum storage. In the physical boxes, if you don't require storage, it lies idle, but with VMware or any kind of virtualization, you can utilize the full storage.View full review »
IT Solution Architect at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
It is a very stable solution. It performs well for our requirements. It has been running for a long time, so we are very knowledgeable about this solution.
It is a very well-supported solution, and it is very flexible. The expansion of its functionality is dynamic.View full review »
- Storage vMotion to safely migrate VMs to other hypervisors, storage solutions and sites while the VM is still running.
- Distributed vSwitches to better manage networking across large infrastructures.
- vRealize for operations management and automation to remove human error from complex tasks and enable more efficient processes and business activities.
- The VCSA appliance provides a great interface for most management tasks.
In general, the combination of VMware products that compose or plug into vSphere enable most organizations to better prepare for disruptive events.View full review »
Pré-vendas at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
As we are a service partner, I think the most valuable feature vSphere has is the ability to visualize infrastructure. Other similar software does not have this capability.View full review »
vCenter Appliance, DRS, HA, Update Manager and SRM help us keep our business running smoothly. Having the vCenter Appliance has allowed us to save costs on Windows licenses and have a more stable platform for managing hosts. Also having Update Manager now as well it makes the move to VCSA that much better. SRM has allowed us to failover our Tier1 services in under 30 minutes for each whereas it would take over an hour the old fashioned way. DRS and HA have kept our cluster stable and VMs running optimally. With the built in Update Manager now in the vCenter Appliance it is easy to scan and remediate our Hosts even during Production hours as we can use HA/DRS with Maintenance Mode.View full review »
The interface that the product offers is very easy to navigate. I learned it quite easily. I check the hypervisor interface on it. It's much easier for one who is familiar with the technology.
The details that I get from the solution are great. It gives a lot of detail.
The product has been pretty easy to use overall.
The stability is okay.
Technical support was helpful and knowledgeable.
VMware PSO Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
There are plenty of features we have found valuable. It has multiple features that we are using every day during our jobs.View full review »
SimpliVity backup and restoration is more suitable and its best feature. If any file or folder is missing and needs to be restored, then within a moment you can recover it. Simplivity has its own backup system, so there is no need to purchase separate backup software.
All data has security.
Multiple OSs can be created on a single platform.
Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good.
HPE uses flash drive, so its working speed is also better. Its node has 2U rack space, so it saves space.View full review »
The features that I have found most valuable are its vMotion and the other features that are basic in any product. Snapshot, Virtual switch, and VDS are very useful. Its features are so good and fit our needs.View full review »
CIO at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
vRealize Operations Manager is the most valuable feature, but it is not embedded in vSphere; it is a part of vSphere. It is used for forecasting and checking the consumption of CPU, memory, and other resources. It has the capability to do the forecast based on the history and give advice on consumption.
VMware vSphere is easy to use and easy to implement. Its learning curve is not sharp. Any engineer with little or medium knowledge of hypervisors and virtualizations can implement vSphere with a few clicks.View full review »
It is easy to deploy and manage backups for me. That said, I've used it a long time and therefore am quite comfortable with it. Upgrades and restores are simple.
The product is stable as well.
The scalability has been good.View full review »
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It's the de facto leader in the virtualization market as of now and it's been the pioneer and it's got the maximum breadth of the features available across the virtualization sphere.
It has got almost all the features that one can expect to find in a solid platform. It has good features performance-wise and offers a very small footprint. They're top-class security-wise.
The latest innovation always comes from VMware.
The stability is very good.
The scalability is excellent.View full review »
One of the most valuable features of this solution is the ease of deployment. It's also user-friendly and has been on the market for more than a decade, so it's a leading technology in hypervisor solutions.View full review »
Senior IT Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution has offered very good stability so far. It doesn't give us any issues.
You don't need too many people to manage the solution once it's up and running.View full review »
In terms of the usability, it's user-friendly; VMware vSphere is much simpler as compared to Oracle. Even a French-speaking citizen or foreigner can easily implement it.
It's much more stable than other products. It is scalable and easy to implement as well.View full review »
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The feature that I find very valuable is the ability to move images of virtual machines from different workspaces to other workspaces between different installations.View full review »
The solution has a high availability of features.
They are very distributed and easy to use.
The virtual card features are very good.
The REST is excellent.
Technical support is very good. They are very helpful.
The solution has been very intuitive.
The product offers a very high level of performance.
You can scale the solution well.View full review »
The ability to redistribute loads, to re-spin failed processes, monitor resource utilization, and such are all valuable features in VMware. In industrial IoT, most elements end up being terrestrial. With VMware, especially when you're working with niche products, you can manage the integrated solution and multiple systems from a single pane of glass.View full review »
Director at OPEOPL LISTEN TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
We only have one virtual machine and we're still exploring it. Overall, it's a super product.
The initial setup is easy.
The product offers good stability.View full review »
Information Technology Manager at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
I have found the solution to be flexible, and the vCenter and vMotion useful. When we have a server that is down we can use the vMotion to use another host. Additionally, the backup feature and graphics are very good. The documentations are clear and easy to understand.View full review »
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The solution has been quite stable.
The solution can scale well.
We found the initial setup to be pretty straightforward.View full review »
Logistics and product Manager at a security firm with 11-50 employees
VMware vSphere is a stable platform. We never had any issues with VMware vSphere. Once you deploy it with a stable version of the server or the hardware, there's no issue at all.
The virtualization, the remote management user interface, and the web console are most valuable.View full review »
VM models is a great feature. It allows to create VMs very fast and already patched with the different configurations that the are needed.
The ease to move a VM from a host to another or even to another storage/DC is very convenient. That all this can be done while users work on the VMs is awsome.
The most useful features are ESXi, DRS, Auto Deploy, and the Lifecycle Manager.View full review »
Deputy director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We only use it for a few of its features, such as DRS, vMotion, and fault tolerance. We aren't using the NSX, cloud-based, or any other features.
The solution is 100% stable.
The scalability is very good.
We find the user interface to be very nice.
The initial implementation process is simple.
It's easy to use and very user-friendly.
Technical support has been very good. They are helpful and responsive.View full review »
VMware Software Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The solution offers a very stable performance.
It's a scalable product.
The solution is extremely reliable. It's an excellent product.
The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Technical support has always been great.
The pricing of the product is reasonable.View full review »
System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is stable.
I don't have a problem with scalability.
The product is very easy to install.View full review »
The connectivity is fantastic, and many functions can run together in one server. If you need to scale, we can continue to add components or modules. It's a beautiful virtual solution that has many advantages over physical hardware, where you have to use devices and wiring to connect all your projects.View full review »
This product is useful for running multiple virtual machines from a single server so that people can utilize the hardware resources in their organization. Its ability for backups is also valuable. In case of a disaster, you can recover the entire server from the images. It is easy to use.
In terms of features, whatever they are providing is more than sufficient for us. We are not exploiting this product up to a hundred percent.View full review »
IT Manager at a legal firm with 51-200 employees
The product works very well for us. Over the last decade, it's been extremely dependable.
The initial setup is very straightforward.
The stability has been very good.
Technical support is quite good and very responsive.
The solution can scale well.View full review »
Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
The product is stable.
The flexibility of the solution is very good.
The product is very easy to use.
The product offers a very nice single dashboard for complete management.
The solution is very straightforward to implement.
We found the scalability to be very good.View full review »
There is the simplicity of management, accessibility, and availability.
The interface is really user-friendly.View full review »
I definitely like the stability, performance and ease-of-use.
I have no issues with the solution's scalability or user-friendliness. I consider these to be perfect. We have had a fantastic, problem-free solution for the past 14 years when it comes to fault tolerance and disaster recovery. It has everything one needs.View full review »
Sr. Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is highly reliable and suits our needs - it's highly popular. Support and the overall community are great. You can find a solution to any issues you have.View full review »
Operation Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The VM features are all very good.
We've been very happy with the reporting aspects of the solution.
The documentation of the product is excellent. It's very helpful.
The product has been very stable. It's quite reliable.
The solution is very scalable.
We've found the technical support to be very helpful and responsive.View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the vCenter, and SRM.
Technically speaking, there is nothing that I don't like. I think that the solution is perfect. It's the best on the market.
I have not used all of the features but the features that are provided are perfect. There is nothing that this solution doesn't have.View full review »
The virtualization is set by itself. vSphere is the best way to have a non-host based fixed solution. We always try to find an agnostic environment where we can restore agnostics or just say, "I need resources capacity." That's why VMware vSphere in particular, has been the best in the past but now also with the evolution of their product. Nowadays, you don't have to use any STEM infrastructure anymore because the bandwidth and the LAN speeds are getting steeper.
If you look at the interconnection if you have a dark fiber connection, you can have data sent between locations. It's getting much cheaper.
If you use Zerto on top of that, then you are protected against any cyber threats or attacks. If you do it right, if you configure it from the hypervisor layer to external storage and then you have always a way back. It's blocked by the application of the journal. You can always go back to a point in time if you want to restore. If the point in time is as short as possible then you have the best solution. You can leave any additional solutions like CrowdStrike.
The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance. This his feature comes hand-in-hand with other features of VMware like the DRS, which automatically load-balances the whole VMware farm based on the usage and recommendation.View full review »
We consider the virtualization of CPU and storage resources to be a valuable feature.View full review »
Cyber Security Technical Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The scalability of the solution is excellent. It expands very nicely.
The speed of the solution is excellent.
The splitting of the machines is quite useful.
The installation of the product is quite straightforward.
Technical support is quite helpful and very responsive.View full review »
Executive Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are that it's stable, easy to use, and it's flexible.View full review »
General manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is scalable.
We haven't had any issues with stability.
The installation process is very straightforward.View full review »
System Administrator at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The primary use is the most valuable feature. Being able to virtualize virtual machines on one set of hardware is essentially what it does.View full review »
Systems analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The interface is good.
It is easy to configure.View full review »
The most important feature is the ability to balance the servers with Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). It is a very useful feature and should be mandatory for vSphere to have but it is only available in the enterprise edition. It should be available in all versions.View full review »
The solution is user-friendly. It is easy to convert, create, and manage systems.View full review »
CEO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It is very easy to use and very stable.View full review »
This solution's most valuable feature is its High Availability.View full review »
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like the standard features.View full review »
The most valuable features are the virtualization and the performance on the virtualization platform.View full review »
The HA and DRS are very valuable.
It is a very stable solution.
Integration with other environments was simple to achieve.
The initial setup is simple even for complex environments. The documentation for implementation is very good.
VMware vSphere has great technical support.View full review »
The most valuable features are High Availability (HA), which reduces downtime, and Fault Tolerance (FT), a mirror solution that ensures no data loss. Its vMotion feature is also valuable, as it allows me to move all my virtual emissions to an available host before performing maintenance. I also value a feature called Distributed Virtual Switch, which allows me to create a private VLAN and do L2 management and switch management.View full review »
I like that it's like a distributed resource scheduler, the workload can be balanced automatically. Also you can use vMotion as well to manually move the virtual machines around different physical hosts. This makes it easier when it comes to redundancy.View full review »
The GUI is very simple to use.
The user experience is good.View full review »
IT & Security Team Leader at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is very versatile. All features are beneficial and very good, especially DRS and resource pooling.View full review »
This is a straightforward solution, there's not much troubleshooting required and the work around it is quite simple. I particularly like the virtualization and the ability of the solution to optimize and deliver an automated and orchestrated cloud platform on-prem. They regularly surprise us with great features developed by a very, very sharp R&D team that delivers up-to-date technology with more features and more valuable ideas to enhance and automate the platform with data center.
We are utilizing all of the features and they are good.
I don't see any challenges in using this product.View full review »
IT Operations Support at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the tech manager from the utilization.
The virtualization this solution offers is very complete for the infrastructure. It meets our requirements and our needs.
It is very easy to operate.View full review »
The most valuable features are the resilience of the solution and vMotion.View full review »
vVols, vMotion, and vSphere have availability. It is very stable and scalable, and implementation is straightforward as well.View full review »
Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The solution is user-friendly and easy to manage.View full review »
IT Manager at KIRLOSKAR PNEUMATIC CO. LTD.
The most valuable features of VMware vSphere are backup and recovery.View full review »
The performance is efficient. You can log the performance and report on the bottlenecks or any other problems you encounter.View full review »
IT Manager at pioneers
The solution has many valuable features. Virtualization is flexible and it has simple clustering. However, the most important feature is the ability to move between VMs. The vMotion features are very good.View full review »
I have found the Storage vMotion feature to be the most valuable.
It is a very user-friendly solution.View full review »
It is easy to use.
The features are very rich.View full review »
Its dynamic resource scheduling and its fault tolerance capabilities are two features that I've found to be valuable. I also like that VMware vSphere is stable, scalable, and easy to install.
Director Global Security at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are stability and support. The stability of this product is very good, and I have not seen an issue for many years. It is very stable for all of the features that are available today.View full review »
IT Chief with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the reliability for our own servers, the backup of the information on our servers.View full review »
Technical Manager at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is vMotion.
The performance is good; if I had to rate it, I would give it a nine out of ten.
It is easy to use.View full review »
Information Technology Manager & Chief Information Officer at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
The ability to create or clone a virtual environment in a short period of time for testing is most valuable.View full review »
Sr. Virtualization Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees
I like the capability of vMotion, DRS, high availability, and resource distribution.View full review »
Stability and scalability are the most valuable features of this solution.
The connectivity to the pools from the large amount of memory to the CPU is also very good.
Also, the stability that it provides from the large system to the virtual machine is good.View full review »
We like a lot of the features, but none really stand out. It's very transparent and independent.View full review »
Project Specialist at integra software
It's easy to use, and it is flexible.View full review »
IT Services Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature of the solution would be the basic feature of server virtualization, we use it everywhere.View full review »
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Virtualised automation is a useful feature.View full review »
The fact that vSphere is an on-premise solution is beneficial for the user. It's easier to manage the infrastructure. It's more straightforward to scale and configure virtual machines.
The most valuable feature of vSphere is its modularity. I also like the maturity updates. It's available everywhere and almost all the data centers are using it.View full review »
Line Technical Agent at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's easy to use.
It's a classic solution.View full review »
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
It is a very mature solution that is easy to use and flexible.View full review »
Head Of Network & Technical Support at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is easy to use, has high performance, and good virtualization.View full review »
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The ease of movement of these machines is the most valuable. It is very easy to move these machines between physical hosts. The fast deployment of services is another valuable feature.View full review »
Network and Systems Administrator at Ishango-it
VMware is good for virtualization.View full review »
Directeur Production, Infrastructure et Architecture IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution.View full review »
A valuable feature is the provisioning setup of VMs. It's the most common feature used by our clients.View full review »
Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is user-friendly, easy to deploy, and easy to maintain.
The roadmap for the product itself covers all of the features that we are looking for.
It has what we need.View full review »
The most valuable features are the vMotion, the storage vMotion, the DRS, and the high availability function.View full review »
Head Of Infrastructure & Cloud ops at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
VMware vSphere gives us a complete landscape to manage the infrastructure in one view. With the REDOPS automation in place, it is easy for us to manage our VMs on top of it.
Also, the automated builds are being done through it, and we don't have to manually do it anymore. All of my AIS platforms are completely automated now with the VM suite.View full review »
IT Service Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution is easy to use, user-friendly interface and has high availability features. When comparing it to other solutions it is more robust.View full review »
VMware vSphere has very good applications and services.View full review »
Senior Distributed Platform Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The feature I find the most valuable is that vSphere doesn't break unless integrated with Veeam or vCenter.View full review »
IT Infrastructure Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a very useful solution. It's easy to set up, and it's pretty stable.View full review »
Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware vSphere is user friendly. It is scalable and stable, which are very important attributes for us.View full review »
System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I consider all the features to be of interest.View full review »
VMware vSphere has useful tools for management and support.View full review »
Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware vSphere is user-friendly and simple.View full review »
Virtualization Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
VMware vSphere has plenty of features.View full review »
Chief Technology Officer at Motor City Stamping Inc
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution. It just works.
The Disaster Recovery solution is easy to implement.View full review »
The features I've found most valuable are that the enterprise direction is very complete and the data center provides almost everything you need.View full review »