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VMware vCenter review by Wanda B.
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"VMWare lessens hardware needs"

What do you like best?

we are able to consolidate hardware and provide needed servers for our agency. It also helps with management of those servers. we have also been able to cut our over all cost to manage the servers including migrating servers as needed and building new servers in VMware vs physical servers. We reduced the need for a consultant to build every time we needed a new server.

What do you dislike?

The pricing structure for us as we are a not for profit and would like to have more features but we can not afford to do so. We use a lower version and do not have Vmotion which would enable us to move from server to server again this is because of the cost of the upgrade.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are interested in consolidating physical hardware, using higher end more effecient servers plus having a user friendly interface this product should fit the bill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

consolidated 15 physical servers on to 2 servers, this allowed us to manage our agency farm in a more efficient manner. It also helped with our return on investment because we were able to purchase several high capacity / higher end servers to replace the older lower end, lower preforming servers.

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VMware vCenter review by Greg G.
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"It just works..."

What do you like best?

For me, it's ease of use. I'm not the primary administrator, but 6.0 and the included web client provides me all of the resources I need to do my job without headaches. I'm the company DB/BI manager so I have a small subset of VMs that I manage, but I can't remember a time where I've had to spend any time on a forum or with support because vCenter wasn't performing.

What do you dislike?

I see where they're going with the web client, but I still prefer the thick client. While all of the feature set I need is in the web client, it just feels slower than the thick client. The primary admins of our VMWare environment dislike the web client enough to not upgrade to 6.5.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have more than 1 or 2 hosts, it's worth it to get vCenter so you can get the high availability and time savings it provides. Even if you haven't considered it in quite some time, check out the current version...it might be time to re-evaluate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have 8 hosts to manage. We needed a single interface to go where we could manage our infrastructure and provide high availability. The benefits I've seen are that I can do everything I need to do without surfing through 8 hosts and having to schedule downtime of my SQL servers when infrastructure repairs need to be made.

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VMware vCenter review by Stephen T.
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"Rock Solid Virtualization"

What do you like best?

VMware vSphere is the 'big-dog' in the hypervisor market. It's stable, flexible and versatile. vCenter gives you the ability to move your virtual machines between hosts (think 'hardware server') even across the geographical region. It's easy to back up, easy to manage (after just a little training) and with the newer versions, the web GUI is excellent.

What do you dislike?

My biggest issue is the cost--only because we're a state school and it's a healthy portion of our budget.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your homework--fully--when you're evaluating virtualization software. Yes there are open-source products (even VMware has a free ESXi) but they're limited in scope and capability. We've evaluated the Hyper-V, but it really doesn't do VDI. We looked at Citrix, but there's not as much expertise in the industry as VMware. We have been approached by Oracle and Redhat to consider their solutions--but support, ease of hiring new employees--is so much better with VMware. Plus if you are in the position--bring existing employees 'up' by getting their certs--and there are few better than the VCD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Heat dissipation, power consumption, rack space, management, maintenance, reboot times--shall I go on?

VMware vCenter review by Tim L.
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"Invaluable"

What do you like best?

We use the Enterprise Plus licensing and find great value in the ability to apply profiles to our hosts to ensure configuration uniformity across all hosts. The power of the distributed switching also makes configuring everything a breeze.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. I cannot do my job without vCenter and I find the latest upgrades only make the system better each time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I find that most of the people that don't like the Web Interface don't like it because they are used to the management interface of the Thick Client. Once they figure out the process for accomplishing the tasks in the Web Client the transition is simple. However, with the upcoming retirement of the Flash based web client they might want to just wait until all of the features are made available in the HTML client before switching.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to manage all of our hosts with the built in Update Manager and apply updates to all hosts with just a few clicks. Maintaining and applying configurations across all hosts is simple and reporting on any deviations is a breeze.

VMware vCenter review by Tyler W.
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"vCenter is the best (only) orchestrator for ESXi boxes"

What do you like best?

vCenter works pretty well for managing multiple ESXi boxes. In reality, it is the only choice you have. It's easy to add licenses, hosts, create clusters of said hosts, add datastores, etc. The new HTML5 gui is pretty great!

What do you dislike?

Here's what I dislike about vCenter:

- There's now the desktop vSphere client, the web (Flash) vSphere client, and now, the web (HTML5) client. None of these are 100%. They should've focussed on one client and made it awesome.

- Managing permissions for who can deploy VMs, access datastores, etc. is painful. Be prepared to spend a week of your time on getting permissions right.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can manage several ESXi boxes and datastores via vCenter - all of my items in one place. This has saved me an incredible amount of time!

VMware vCenter review by William J.
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"Brilliant Enterprise Class platform"

What do you like best?

Enterprise class features that have been a game changer for us. We now have a large VMWare estate running more consolidated servers than ever before. The features to VMOTION and load balance across hosts is fantastic and you can see why this product is top of the game at the moment.

What do you dislike?

Retirement of the Desktop client is a real bug bare for me. It is still by far the best way of accessing servers console and the web client is buggy and has problems on many platforms.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy it you will not regret it. Seems expensive but it really is worth every penny.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lack of physical space and an ever increasing demand for servers. VMWare is perfect for this as we can consolidate many many servers into one physical host.

VMware vCenter review by anthony p.
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"Best in class"

What do you like best?

We no longer worry about what type of server that needs to be implemented, supported or monitored. This allows us to feel comfortable with the overall health and performance of our environment as well as all of your customers. VMware is highly integrated with all of the technology tools that an MSP or IT staff could ever want.

What do you dislike?

Paying for licensing but that's true with everything that is worth having. It would be nice it we didn't need certified engineers to move up in terms of partnership.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can't go wrong with VMware

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implementing this across multiple clients has allowed us to efficiently provide support for larger networks. We can now do this with less manpower while saving customers with less power, cooling and hardware costs.

VMware vCenter review by Adrian T.
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"Part of the best virtualisation software on the market"

What do you like best?

I like the HTML 5 web client that comes with vCentre. That you can manage your entire server infrastructure using your favourite browser. All VMware products are very reliable and robust.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact that the login needs a domain like @vsphere.xxx which in many situations the person setting up the vCentre environment will forget to document. Price is a bit high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it is within your budget you have no reasons not to implement a VMware infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

vCentre is part of our disaster recover environment where we always have a spare host on site that contains replicas of the live servers.

VMware vCenter review by Michael J.
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"Vmware Vcenter 5.5"

What do you like best?

New to Vcenter ESXI from formerly a HyperV Environment. The Centralized Management and built in tools that integrate with Storage and UCP Environments are great.

What do you dislike?

Some things are not available in the current version that should be. Such as the ability to expand vmdk files over 2TB in space. Also the inability to snapshot shared VMDK is a big issue. Competitors have been able to provide this feature for several years.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommend considering all of your needs and options before simply purchasing VmWare. It does a lot of what the mast majority requires but there may be other products available which would suite your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problem is Virtualization for a large environment requiring VM stability. The main benefits is the ease of use and dependability.

VMware vCenter review by Matthew B.
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"Virtual server mangement superiority"

What do you like best?

Great management of virtual servers. HA, clusters, shared storage - everything works the way it's supposed to. I have been using VMware since 3.5, and they just keep adding more features and usability with every release.

What do you dislike?

The balance between web interface and installed client. They are still "phasing out" the installed management client, and I feel like at some point they should just stop supporting it altogether, especially with the improvements in the web GUI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want more versatility in a hypervisor than hyper-v, VMware is the way to go. VirtualCenter ties it altogether.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to allow all of our engineers visibility into the virtual server environment with vCenter. The learning and adoption of the interface for new techs is very fast. Being able to leverage compute resources to facilitate application and server needs as needed is awesome - no more building a new server just to get more performance - just add more hardware, and adjust the VM accordingly. Very little downtime!

VMware vCenter review by Administrator
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"Vmware vCenter is an completly tool for managements of virtual machines enviroment"

What do you like best?

the best of vCenter is its intuitive interface that puts everything at your fingertips when you need it, in a single environment you can manage storage, networks, and of course virtual machines. Another thing that I really like about vCenter is that, being a web interface, it allows access without having to install a client.

What do you dislike?

One thing I do not like about vCenter is the issue of licensing and its restrictions, compared to its competitors this is a negative point. On the other hand, the performance reports of vm and logs, is something they should work on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

the real intention of implement vCenter is to make the most of all its features, high availability is one of them and perhaps the most important for data center environments where operation must be maintained at all times. otra recomendacion es separar el trafico de red de acuerdo a sus necesidades, por ejemplo las redes de vmotion administracion y vm propiamente.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently in my work there are 3 HA clusters, where esxi6 is installed in each blade managed by vCenter server and the centralized management of all these hosts makes the work of resource allocation management much easier.

VMware vCenter review by Bill E.
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"VMware VirtualCenter; An Indispensable Tool"

What do you like best?

As a VMware Administrator, I find myself using VMware VirtualCenter daily. I find this interface the be the hub of everything going on within my infrastructure. First thing each morning, logging into VMware VirtualCenter has become as routine as getting that first cup of coffee. From there, I can quickly get a sense of the pulse of the environment, and determine fairly quickly where my attention needs to be.

What do you dislike?

If I had to pick a dislike for VMware VirtualCenter, it would be that I'd like to see it bring more analytics front and center. Having as much information as possible within one GUI does nothing but help me as a VMware Administrator.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prior to VMware VirtualCenter, we really had no single point of entry for our datacenter. Without this visibility, it makes it hard to get an overall pulse of your environment, quickly. VMware VirtualCenter does exactly that for us. Having this product has become so engrained in our daily routines, NOT having it is no longer an option.

VMware vCenter review by Jim S.
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"Virtually everything you need for your virtual environment"

What do you like best?

One of my favorite features with VMWare is the ease of use. It is easy to create an server. It is easy to clone a server. It is easy to make point in time snapshots of servers before you make any changes to it. It is easy to categorize your servers. It is also easy to manage the storage your servers are on. Vmotion is incredibly useful and is used often in my environment.

What do you dislike?

The GUI interface is not bad, but it something that could use a little more user customization. It's a start that you can pin items to the GUI, like alarms and recent tasks, but maybe an environment dashboard that shows performance or things along that line would be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This application has a great interface. it is easy to use. It is easy to locate your VMs, the LUNs they are on, and the status they are all in. It is easy to reconfigure your VMs if needed. The resource monitors are very useful. It is a great product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VMware has been incredibly useful at remote sites due to limited space at those locations for physical boxes. It allows for easy provisioning of servers at those sites and allows for speedy backups for disaster recovery. It allows remote administration of those sites as well. It limits travel and it limits the amount of hardware failures we could potentially have at those sites.

VMware vCenter review by Executive Sponsor in Internet
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"6.5, a lesson in not listening to customers and lost productivity"

What do you like best?

I love the hypervisor; stable, reliable, great features. vCenter, when working, is mostly reliable.

What do you dislike?

The web interface that is now mandatory as of 6.5 is an absolute nightmare. Any company that had a policy banning Adobe Flash now must backtrack and allow it given the HTML5 interface only partly works. The web interface itself, regardless of which one you use, is a mess of random failures, not knowing what VM you're really acting on, not knowing what host you're changing a setting or service status on, not knowing if status being reflected is accurate or not, so on and so forth. Moving around in it is clunky and time consuming. My staff waste so much more time doing common tasks in 6.5 than prior versions. I've complained to my sales rep, doesn't seem to help and I've seen no indication that Vmware cares.

The only saving grace has been that running it as an appliance has greatly reduced its resource consumption and licensing costs compared to Windows + SQL. Speaking of licensing though, the features that should be in vCenter, require vRealize, and the pricing on that is absolutely stupid. I can get nearly the same functionality for free by just buying Nimble storage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I know nothing about HyperV, but it's on my radar given how frustrating 6.5's interface is.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped greatly in virtualization and removing unnecessary power circuits / rack space.

VMware vCenter review by Scott E.
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"The gold standard for straightforward virtualization management."

What do you like best?

This is a mature product and really the only way to effectively manage VMware's hypervisor. It has gone through several iterations (current version is 6.x) and includes nearly all of the required functional in an easy to find format and layout. Depending on the licenses purchased, it allows you to migrate a VM from one host to another, from one storage location to another (both without downtime), automatically distribute VMs across the hosts.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, VMware is in a transition state -- they have a "web client" as well as a traditional client, and some of the functionality that use to be in the traditional fat client has moved to the web client. I'm not a fan of the web client -- it seems to be very slow and unreliable.

Also -- linking several vCenters together can be convenient, but introduces significant lag to the product (especially over high-latency links). The product, from time to time, stops displaying current information or menus disappear, causing you to restart the application (which takes several minutes to start).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think twice about connecting multiple vCenters together -- especially if they are across high-latency links. While it is nice to have a complete consolidated view in one spot, it does introduce lag to the tool as it brings in the information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Again, it manages our hypervisor deployment. With the hypervisor, we can consolidate our server footprint to fewer physical servers, while allowing for greater flexibility, agility, and reliability of our infrastructure.

vCenter is the tool to co-ordinate all those activities.

VMware vCenter review by Bobby W.
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"VMWare VirtualCenter review"

What do you like best?

VMWare has been a long time product used in our company. the ability to change from physical machines that constantly need attention to creating a whole virtual environment with one stop maintenance for all of the servers is an Administrators Dream.

What do you dislike?

if I had to pick one thing that I dislike it will have to be the VCenter Web Management experience. I know that with the latest release it has gotten much better, but with the version that we are still on, it is lacking in a bunch of places. but that is ok. at least I can read where the company knows about this and they are working to address it in future releases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering delving into the Virtual world of Servers and Desktops, make sure that VMWare is on the top of the list. while other companies are out there, I don't think you can find a better company around with as much experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the business problems that we are solving is that we are migrating to a virtual desktop experience for all of our users, so no more having to maintain physical desktops who's always needing some type of update or upgrade. from a single point, we can push updates to all of our VDI's over night to maintain an across the board level of expertise.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Best options in a virtualization platform"

What do you like best?

The better features of vCenter include the ability to customize your VM's hardware and resources. This includes stuff you wont find in Hyper-V, like multiple options for your network adapter, IDE and SCSI controllers, and various USB features for pass-through.

What do you dislike?

Some more advanced features and customization require a little command line experience or modifying the VMX file for a VM. With some of the newer versions of vCenter these should start making their way into the web client. And that's another issue people have lately, the requirement to use the web client. People like the old "thick" client used in versions before 6.0 and yet we are forced to use the web for newer features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure the version/license you select is in line with your needs, and that your environment has the resources it needs to take full advantage of the product, like storage platform and your network.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to maximize our hardware to its full potential by hosting several server VMs on each physical box, and with vcenter we can manage this all from one console. Having several ESX clusters and even remote locations makes managing all these resources a struggle, but with vCenter we can easily see everything in one console and work across the environment with ease.

VMware vCenter review by Tran P.
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"A must have management tool in VMWare environment with more than one ESX servers"

What do you like best?

A comprehensive administrative tool that make VMWare administrator's life much easier. The vMotion works amazingly with very little potential glitches. Also the way it manage virtual network is quite flexible and stable, transparent to the virtual machines

What do you dislike?

- Live vMotion is not possible. It must be done using web client. This is weird. I dont know how come this is a must

- Some times some virtual machines hang to start endlessly without a clear reason

- The monitoring and logging information is not very clear and not user friendly so the troubleshouting would take much effort

- The vCenter server cosumes quite a lot of computing resource

Recommendations to others considering the product

It worth business budget for vCenter as very basic handy tool to manage VMWare virtual infrastrucure, especially if the business has ongoing number of new projects. It helps reduce the total cost of ownership and make the return of inverstment faster significantly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Managing effectively the VMWare virtual environment. vCenter gives a clear view of virtual data center infrastructure

- Provisioning resources for new projects in a timely fashion. With vCenter most of the projects are deployed in hours instead of days

- Rearranging resources between the physical infrastructure when new projects come. With vMotion we can get the most out of the existing physical hardware

VMware vCenter review by Evan G.
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"VCSA 6 Review"

What do you like best?

The ease of deploying vCenter with a single OVA file and using a PostgreSQL database vs a sql database on Windows.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike, if I had to name something it would probably be the fact that the web client is so much different than the C sharp client.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Move away from the Windows vCenter installations and go with VCSA appliances!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to provide business with 5 9's infrastructure uptime and the ability to troubleshoot performance issues from a single pane of glass

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Great appliance"

What do you like best?

The ease of setup and installation of the initial appliance is great. We've been running Vcenter since 5.5 and have had minimal issues with stability.

What do you dislike?

Overall the handling of logs and the way it keeps track of servers can cause an issue. We've encountered in 6.0 and 6.5 issues where hosts would just stop speaking to the vcenter. After some research we learned that this is a known bug and there are no fixes for it at this time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Because of the cost of licensing, you should really really look at your use case, if your use case is not a private cloud or something that needs baby sitting on site i would recommend going with a public cloud solution. If your use case meets all of the above and you have the brain trust to develop a open source cloud using Open Stack do that. However, if you're looking for a solid product with a good company behind it, a less than steep learning curve for admins, or your looking for a commercial product for private cloud solutions VMware really fits that bill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting mass environments for students learning cyber security, this product has proven invaluable to our circumstances. The ability of vcenter to handle so many transactions and track so many objects is awesome.

VMware vCenter review by Mark C.
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"VMware VCenter is great for managing VMs"

What do you like best?

I like that I can see all of my VMs in a single view; manage my VMs individually or in groups; see alerts and quickly get to the sources thereof; cluster hosts and resources which then can automatically VMotion servers to access resources; and can use features for multiple hosts that you don't get when managing hosts individually, like dvSwitch.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that many of the alarms, tasks and events do have explanations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is, in my opinion, expensive and may be difficult for small businesses to afford but, if you can afford it, it is worth the money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I save a lot of time by having a single interface where I can manage all of my VMs and hosts.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"The most powerful Virtual product I have ever used."

What do you like best?

I love the ease of use. It makes running our HA virtual environment a piece of cake. Meanwhile it still has several advanced features to support the most complex of setups. I have tried other solutions and they don't come close to the features.

What do you dislike?

At times the HA can be a bit touchy. We have also had it crash on a very rare occasion. We didn't have any data loss and a patch has resolved the issue and it has never re-occuried.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The trick is to make absolute sure your are licensing the features you need. Everything is a check box unless you purchase essentials. My other recommendation would be to make sure you have a support contract and keep it current. It will save you money and time and frustation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have resolved the need for a robust virtual environment that fully supports high availability. We have realized a tremendous ease and reliability that has kept the host always available to the end users.

VMware vCenter review by Alfred T.
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"Vmware Virtual Center"

What do you like best?

I do not know many colleagues or companies that don't use VMWare or have not used Vmware. The virtual center has improved over the years from a thick gui to HTML5 based gui. The interface is very straight forward to understand and very easy to pickup.

There is a free version of the ESXi available for many labing as well as plenty of documentation and white papers and knowledge online for beginners to learn.

What do you dislike?

VM networking has come a long ways. However, VMware's top switching platform the distributed switch is still quite lacking in terms of enterprise features compared to physical switches. It forces uses to rely on Cisco's Nexus1000v offering for more of the advanced features which is cumbersome to deploy. It would be nice to have some simple features such as showing the mac address table to port mappings come in the basic installation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VCenter is a must have in order to leverage enterprise features. Consider using a virtual appliance. It runs headless so you don' t have to setup another Windows OS host it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vmware has been helped many companies to converge and reduce server foot print in the datacenter. Adminstrators are also capable of spinning up systems on a click of the button reducing the mean time to deploy a new system.

VMware vCenter review by Nick S.
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"Does Everything You'd Expect A Virtual Environment To Do"

What do you like best?

It works! It seems really silly to say but with a product like this, stability is key so the fact that we've never run into any issues with it crashing is honestly the highest praise it can get.

What do you dislike?

The version that we have is a little old and the interface is dated but I'm fairly certain that this is not the case in newer versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When it comes to server vituralization, your only real options are this and Hyper-V and it really comes down to preference between the two platforms and your willingness to pay extra for something that I would consider better. A lot of people prefer Microsoft and that's great, but in my opinion this sort of thing should be done on Linux for the most light-weight implementation, allowing resources to be allocated to the guests rather than the host.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VMWare is the backbone of our enterprise. It allows us to have virtualized servers through a VM Host and it comprises nearly all of the servers that our company uses.

VMware vCenter review by User
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"Easy Remote Desktop Access"

What do you like best?

This application has been easy for me to use. I also have a team of 19 Call Center Support Agents, along with the rest of our company who are set up with VMware for remote access. This has made it easy for us to implement a Work From Home option during inclement weather where the additional hardware needed is cost effective based on the VMware software download.

What do you dislike?

At times, when we reboot our servers, which is done weekly, some employees are not able to connect and they have to be rebooted on the back end by IT Services. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, there is an inconvenience. Additionally when working from home, if there is a fluctuation with your internet speed, you will get booted of and have to log back in. This is an intermittent thing as well, just inconvenient,.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Honestly, it works well for us and we are a smaller privately owned company. I would say that I can attest to this working well on a smaller scale. I cannot confirm how this works on a larger scale.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Again, this has made it easy for us to implement a Work From Home option during inclement weather where the additional hardware needed is cost effective based on the VMware software download. Additionally, if there are any hardware problems, this application can be downloaded onto a personal PC or Laptop, which is VERY convenient for an emergency situation and staffing.

VMware vCenter review by Miguel C.
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"works just fine "

What do you like best?

It is really easy to use, once installed you can forget about it and do your work on it with no problems, we have several hosts from sql and web servers to test clients with distinct specific configurations and this help us to manage all those hosts fast

What do you dislike?

the web client, i feel it slower than the normal client , i think is the only con that i have with this software

Recommendations to others considering the product

consider reviewing the last version for any upgrade to the web client

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

help us to manage and mantain our hosts up an running all time from a single interface , we cut our support time with this tool

VMware vCenter review by Arno S.
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"VMWare review"

What do you like best?

With respect to VMWare, my team and I like the ability to have basically a partition of a server that is separated and exclusive of other parts of the system. This reduces the hardware costs that would normally be incurred with having a separate server for each instance.

What do you dislike?

With respect to VMWare, my team and I do not like the ability to have a physical server broken up into separate exclusive instances. While this may reduce the space and cost of hardware, it also increases the need to monitor each of the VMWare instances with respect to resource utilization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are looking to reduce hardware costs and especially footprint, then VMWare is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

From a business perspective, the existence of VMWare reduces the cost and space of hardware.The cost of separate pieces of hardware is expensive and the amount of space that these collectively take up is very big. VMWare reduces the overall cost and heavily reduces the footprint.

VMware vCenter review by Waheed M.
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"Overall positive experience but it can always improve and be better."

What do you like best?

It is intuitive and newer version more user friendly. We are using vSAN for vSphere 6.x cluster to manage the infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

Would like to see more API integration and more Open Source options. Also, it is admin centric but needs to be developer focused as well since DevOps is inevitable. Licensing needs to be streamlined. We would like to implement SDDC and would like better integration for different infrastructure stacks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your due diligence. When we started our virtualization, choices were limited and other offerings were immature. But the market dynamics have changed and there are alternatives available.

Open Stack seems very attractive and Hyper V has come long way. It all depends on your needs, comfort level and skill set.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are looking for a single pane of glass. Like many others, we would like to adopt a DevOps models with CI/CD. Further, automation is a key and we have vRA and vRO that integrates within vCenter that allows us to automate IaaS at a very basic level.

VMware vCenter review by Martin H.
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" improved UIs, stronger security and better support for containerized applications."

What do you like best?

improved UIs, stronger security and better support for containerized applications. At the core of VMware is the central management point of Virtual Center. This enables centralized management, advanced functionality and a place for 3rd party vendor support for a variety of tools, monitoring and automation.

What do you dislike?

The installation process is not smooth for me. Cannot start the VMware VirtualCenter Server service.

Manually starting the VMware VirtualCenter Server service by navigating to Computer Management > Services and Applications > Service > VMware VirtualCenter Server fails. Then I saw the error:

Windows could not start the VMware VirtualCenter Server on Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor, and refer to service-specific error code 2.

Eventually, I asked IT support to help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VMware is pretty big company, so it's very reliable

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it in daily operation.

VMware vCenter review by Brian B.
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"VMware vCenter Review"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, HA, vMotion, multiple network adapters and the ability to customize a VM's resources.

What do you dislike?

vCenter Web Management experience is awful. With HTML things are a little better, but some of the functionality does not work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out the fully functional trial version. Good support and you can find tons of KB articles posted all over the internet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reduced cost, space and hardware. Single location for Host, Clusters and VM management

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Education Management
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"VMWare makes setting up servers easier"

What do you like best?

We have been using VMWare for eight years. This software along with the EMC hardware where it is installed, allows us to set up and use as many as thirty virtual servers. Previously, we purchased actual physical servers for all of our in-house applications. Purchasing that much hardware is far more expensive. A virtual environment allows servers to share resources, meaning if one application is not being used as heavily as another at a particular time, it borrows RAM (Random Access Memory) from another.

What do you dislike?

It can be tedious trying to tweak things to get all the servers to perform efficiently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you purchase enough resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VMWare makes purchasing servers less expensive and more efficient. We can set up a server and then check to see if we have allocated too much hard drive space or RAM to it and shift things around.

VMware vCenter review by Nick A.
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"We just started using VMware for 32 bit virtual machines "

What do you like best?

Flexibility and it is easy to use like I said this is first time I am working on it and since first day I was very much hands on to it

What do you dislike?

so far no point for dislike but maybe speed

Recommendations to others considering the product

As I said earlier I am currently started working on it so cant say anything at this point

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we need to run 32 bit virtual machine to run our legacy COBOL application. so we as a company recently started using vmware to solve this problem

VMware vCenter review by Krzysztof L.
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"Good but could be better"

What do you like best?

I have been following the vCentre since they developed it. Like the idea of web gui, and being able to manage it from any browser on any platform.. In the beginning the GUI was slow and unresponsive. This has changed now, there are still few issues that hang the browser and need refresh. Integrates well with hybrid cloud connector and all versions of ESXis on the network.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes unintuitive and clunky, takes too many click to move from host to vm to datastore and view relations.

Deployment can be painful, can be either as appliance (with limitations) or installed on Windows platform (needs windows license and added system maintenance). Also needs full SQL otherwise can only support 5 hosts with built in database.

Seems like VMWare doesn't follow one idea. The biggest issue is that you still need the desktop client to perform some functions that are not available in vCentre and vice versa. In order to use newest hardware release you need vCentre but then you cannot manage it via desktop client.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VM management is made really easy with VMWare products. With the use of vCentre you can see and manage all your hosts and clusters from one place.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"#1 tool when you are running VMware virtual enterprise environment"

What do you like best?

vCenter is a solid and matured product that manages your vSphere hosts in a very reliable fashion. We have about 20 hosts connected, making a cluster with vCenter's help. This provides great flexibility in the environment with the number of features like vMotion, DRS, host affinity rules, snapshots etc.

What do you dislike?

Well, I don't particularly like the speed of the web client (however it has improved in vCenter 6 vs. 5.5) and don't like the fact that certain features are only available in the web client and certain other ones are only in the traditional fat client. I wish everything was available at the same place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the fully functional trial version first if you are not sure you wanted to buy it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing our virtual environment at four different physical locations. Benefits are time saving (versus manual management), feature richness, plugins from the different vendors (storage, backups etc.)

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"The best hypervisor solution"

What do you like best?

VMware's constant innovation and support puts it way ahead of Microsoft's hyper-v. vCenter is the center point of all vmware related products. The single pane of glass makes things easy to get to.

What do you dislike?

The fact that the interface is flash based. VMware is currently making the HTML5 interface better but its still missing a ton of functionality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a 100% virtualized shop, so not having to buy hardware for each and every server is a huge cost saver. We also get all the mobility of a virtualized infrastructure. Need to bring up a server for DR purposes in a remote datacenter, CAN DOOOO!

VMware vCenter review by Charles J.
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"A must have when working with VMWare"

What do you like best?

The product provides a single unified interface for managing your VMWare infrastructure. You can also setup security in such a fashion that it provides read only information to your customers, so that you do not have to.

What do you dislike?

It is a bulky product, meaning that you need to install other things in order to get it's full functionality (i.e. a separate server, database, etc)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

vCenter provided us with centralized management for our VMWare infrastructure. By installing it, we reduced our management time by 50% which gave my team back the ability to look at additional upgrades to our environments.

VMware vCenter review by Kyle P.
Kyle P.
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"VM vCenter: VM Standard"

What do you like best?

Great interface, easy to use, access anywhere with newer versions

What do you dislike?

Forcing online interface was a poor decision. Online is much slower and clunky

Recommendations to others considering the product

In future versions allow the use of the vsphere client, rather than forcing the browser client. Or work on increasing the functionality of the HTML5 version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting a large amount of machines easily. Ability to add and remove machines on the fly.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Best system I have used for managing VDI"

What do you like best?

It's very easy to see what's happening behind the scenes of your VMWare Horizon management client. It's where I create my linked clones masters and organize my folders containing my various VDI vms.

What do you dislike?

It's easy to have some linked clone vms fall out of synch with the horizon database . It results in having to manipulate the database manually outside of the GUI interface. It can be time consuming when dealing with many pools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

vCenter is very easy to setup. Even though it seems logical to setup as a VM, there are many reasons to make it physical. Read up on the pros and cons.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to rapidly create, deploy and modify large numbers of virtual machines for a variety of uses. When it works well it works extremely well. It's incredibly easy to update or add to hundreds of vms.

VMware vCenter review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"VMware for multiple OS system installation and verification"

What do you like best?

We have used VMware for installation and commissioning test of multiple OS systems.

The interesting advantages in VM ware for such requirements is we can customize the Multiple divisions like we can choose how much memory we need to work with, whats the OS language to run , do we need to access other software's installed like MS Access etc.

We enjoyed in replying different application software's built using different languages and IDEs. VM ware is very flexible and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Real time replication lacks different MAC IDs. If it has different MAC id for each of the divisions, i hope this would be the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved multi user access. Instead of buying a real OS for all users, we used VMware to segregate and given access from same machine.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"VMware vCenter makes managing multiple virtual servers easy"

What do you like best?

My favorite thing about vCenter is that you are able to quickly modify and view many different properties of a particular virtual server on the fly. For instance, if you need to add disk space to a server, this can be completed with just a few clicks. A lot can be accomplished due to the ease of use with the console.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that sometimes the search function does not work properly and also that VMware tools must be updated quite frequently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the vest virtual server infrastructure platform that I have used. There is also a lot of documentation for beginners to learn quickly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving business problems relating to providing servers for projects, business requirements, and so on. From there, it is easy to adapt and make modifications as business needs change. The greatest benefit is accomplishing what I need in a short amount of time.

VMware vCenter review by Chad D.
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"6.5 is the best vCenter yet"

What do you like best?

HTML5 management interface is faster than the web client has ever been, and is stable and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Lifecycle management tools are still not fully baked

Recommendations to others considering the product

TAM services, especially to get up and running

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

virtualization and automation. We've been able to run a larger environment on a leaner team leveraging the automation

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Education Management
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"vCenter Hypervisor"

What do you like best?

vCenter is the best hypervisor I have used for managing ESXi hosts, clusters, and virtual machines. I like the ease of use along with the various tools that help managing a virtual infrastructure in a large organization.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it requires you to use a web browser and flash which creates an inconsistent behavior amongst various web browsers. This is a small dislike and can be easily mitigated by using just one browser.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hypervisor for managing virtual environment. The benefits is a central location for managing hosts and virtual machines.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Law Practice
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"Industry leader for managing multiple virtualized hosts"

What do you like best?

* Ease of use once networking and storageĀ are fully-configured

* Good presentation of performance, resource and other management data

* Enables vMotion which is key to realizing the full value of virtualization

What do you dislike?

* Set up of networking, storage, single-sign on and other integration features is not straightforward

* Differences between thick client and web client are frustrating

* Cost is very high consideringĀ that other vendors offer low- or no-cost products that offer much of the same functionality

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* Resource utilization and consolidation: Over 100 virtual servers running on 6 physical servers

* High availability for services: Full redundancy for nearly all services without purchasing additional resources

* Adaptability: Able to physically relocate resources between offices/data centers with no down time

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Review about VMWare vCenter"

What do you like best?

vCenter is great for managing on-prem virtual machines housed in multiple vSpheres

What do you dislike?

Tooling inconsistent - the desktop app and the web app both have things that the other doesn't have.

Support was unable to solve a problem for us that we are still having with vmotion to our other vsphere cluster.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great product overall, but be aware that it's going to take a bit of setup and that sometimes support can totally not get what the problem is that you're trying to describe to them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

vCenter allows us to manage our vSphere clusters easily

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Best virtualization platform"

What do you like best?

Easy to work with, providing all the services needed for a business. Easy to manage all VDIs, ESXi and other VMs in the environment. Provides all functionality needed to manage your virtual servers. New version supports native encryption and offers even more features. vSAN is amazing.

What do you dislike?

Integration with other products is sometime lacking quality. A bit pricey but worth every penny .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good virtualization platform, one of the best out there, provides various services and can accommodate virtually any given scenario.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization, encryption, cost optimization/cutting. Redeployed all physical servers as virtual servers.

Provides appliance deployment at a very low cost.

VMware vCenter review by Jacob L.
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"The gold standard"

What do you like best?

VMware vCenter is the gold standard of VMware vSphere management. It completes most tasks with ease and can integrate with other VMware tooling to make up for its shortfalls. It's quite easy to learn and can be picked up within a few days however mastering it is another thing entirely.

What do you dislike?

The vSphere Web Client is completely abysmal. The speed has increased slightly with vSphere 6 however it is still quite slow. Apparently this is going to change with vSphere 6.5 with an all-HTML5 interface however I'm not holding my breath.

Licensing is also quite expensive as VMware has removed the Enterprise SKU and only left Standard and Enterprise Plus.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hyper-V may be cheaper, however functional parity isn't quite there yet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VMware vCenter manages all our ESXi hosts easily with one modestly sized Windows machine. It can be deployed as a virtual appliance as well which is the new recommended solution however we are sticking with Windows at the moment. The appliance itself helps us with machine density, segregation, distributed virtual switches and patch management.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"VMware is hard to replace"

What do you like best?

VMware shines in its role-based management functionality, and other features such as attaching a local ISO or Floppy to a Guest VM. The management interface is extremely user intuitive, and requires less FTE than other hypervisor options.

What do you dislike?

VMware's licensing and support costs are the biggest downsides to the product. If the costing model were cheaper, it would be kind.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have virtualized over 80% of the datacenter that I work in. This has reduced our power consumption and cooling requirements, and enabled us to literally do more with less. The ease of use of vCenter enables even novice admins to do basic tasks such as booting or rebooting a server.

VMware vCenter review by James O.
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"Centralization for the best"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the ability to manage servers and any device that I create, remotely and fast. Monitoring is easy to do and the alerts have endless possibilities for set up.

What do you dislike?

There are bugs with all programs but in a case where a network down issue is occurring, 3rd party programs which work hand in hand shouldn't have so many issues

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're able to detect issues extremely fast and resolve a thousand times faster than having physical equipment for each "machine" listed. It's also way more cost efficient.

VMware vCenter review by Administrator in Insurance
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"The VMware console is effective but lacking features, the flash based web GUI is not as good"

What do you like best?

It allows a fairly easy and intuitive management of all our ESX clusters and settings within one place. The ability to vMotion live guests to different hosts or datastores is a very useful feature

What do you dislike?

Flash web GUI is very resource intensive. Updating Datastores usually requires logging into a host in the cluster in order to properly identify available LUNs

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the default management software for ESX and it does its functions fairly well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a central management console to oversee our large VMware ESX environment. The standard vCenter tool does the job fairly well.

VMware vCenter review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"All your tools in one place!"

What do you like best?

I love the fact that VMware Virtual Center will give you all the necessary tools to manage your virtual infrastructure in a single, easy to interface with, web application. Everything from accessing the console to your virtual machine(s) to the configuration of virtual templates is right there.

What do you dislike?

My dislikes are few and far between with VMware Virtual Center. The only issue that I can really think of off the top of my head is that sometimes the web interface can be somewhat laggy when under a heavy load.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a reason as to why VMware is the leader in all things virtual, the only reason I think that anyone could pass on VMware is their price, but you get what you pay for in the end.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization is obviously the way of the future, VMware allows my company to manage our entire virtual infrastructure from a single place.

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