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VMware vSphere Essentials Bundle provides an all-in-one solution for small offices to virtualize three physical servers for consolidating and managing applications to reduce hardware and operating costs with a low up front investment. With the vSphere Essentials Bundle, you can: reduce server capital costs, cut the deployment time of new servers from weeks to hours, centrally monitor and control servers and virtual machines from a single pane of glass, automate operations to improve IT responsiveness.

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Category: Networking applications
Subcategory: Network - clustering / high-availability software , Network - connectivity & data sharing

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Brand: VMware
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Vmware
Model: Essentials Bundle
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: VMware vSphere

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License Qty: 1 user
License Type: Subscription
License Validation Period: 1 year
Version: 4.x

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VMware vSphere Essentials Bundle (v. 4.x) - subscription (1 year) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 58.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's given us faster provisioning after consolidating all our physical machines onto it, especially with VMotion. Valuable Features:vSphere provides a lots of great features. In my opinion, VMotion is a feature that helps save time, cost, and effort.You can arrange for system maintenance at any time you want without required downtime.Improvements to My Organization:We've used it to implement a virtual datacenter server for in-house applications and services and have achieved a green and efficient virtual datacenter.Afterconsolidating all the physical machines in our datacenter onto vSphere, we havealso achieved faster server provisioning. With the help of templates, we havereduced the time from weeks to several minutes and, therefore, we can provideservices for other departments nearly instantaneously.Room for Improvement:I think that all the improvements VMware could make would be related to monitoring. vSphere should be equipped with a better monitoring solution.Use of Solution:I have been using VMware products for 8 years.Starting with testing software on a VMware Workstation box, and then virtualizing all IP services such as routing, DHCP, DNS, etc with an ESXi 4.1 host. And lately transformed almost services to VMware vSphere 5.0.Deployment Issues:As with any software, ESXi and vSphere have their own requirements, but if you meet the requirements for hardware, network, storage, etc., then deploying a vSphere system is just easy as pie.Stability Issues:It's efficient and very stable.Scalability Issues:VMware helps scaling with VMware vSphere is just easy by adding more ESXi hosts to an existing cluster, and then vSphere DRS will does the work for you like monitoring resources and spreading VMs to balance workloads on all the hosts between that cluster.Customer Service:Ihave not made any calls during the time we have been running vSphere.Previous Solutions:I have used KVM and Microsoft Virtual Server before switching completely to VMware vSphere. With VMware vSphere, we have a good management tool, with easy provisioning, and easy troubleshooting.Initial Setup:It is a quite straightforward setup. It’s just a easy-to-follow wizard installer, and I don’t think that there is an easier way to do it.Cost and Licensing Advice:Pricing and licensing models vary, and are dependent upon your organization requirements and operations. Always start with the minimal licensing model then, later, upgrade to meet your needs.Other Solutions Considered:Due to the simplicity of vSphere deployment, the ease of management, and the small footprint of its hypervisor, we decided to use it without wasting time on other products.Other Advice:We were seeking a green and an efficient solution for our datacenter. We found vSphere to be a great product and decided to become their customer.When working with vSphere, I think you always have to take three things into consideration:* Know your system requirements - are there any compatibility issues, or performance impacts etc.* Monitor the current physical infrastructure so you have a specific resource consumption, and can then develop the best investment plan* Make a transformation plan from the physical infrastructure to the virtualized oneDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The High Availability, and flexibility are what we've found to be important for us It's made us a lot more agile. Valuable Features:The most important feature for us is clearly the foundation it provides. In addition to that, we've found the High Availability and flexibility to be important as well.Improvements to My Organization:It's made us a lot more agile. We don't have to acquire new hardware just to bring it up or utilize new services for our customers. It makes it a lot easier for my team to allocate resources for the other business teams at the company.Room for Improvement:I definitely could see some improvements in Operations Management. That's another product that they have, but it's lacking in a few things. I feel that it's not as aggressive as it should or could be. They have different levels built into it, but I think they should have more aggressive levels.Another area of improvement would be the further development of graphics virtualization. They've starting dabbling in that, it seems, but it definitely needs a lot more. They need to make it a little quicker and better.Use of Solution:I've used it for eight years.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues deploying it.Stability Issues:I could count on one hand the number of times I've had issues with it and it's generally been related to hardware faults.Scalability Issues:It's been very much scalable. When we started using it, we only virtualized a handful of servers. We've since expanded it to virtualize about 90% of our infrastructure at this point.Technical Support:It's been a little bit hit-or-miss at times. I think that's related to who picks up the phone first. They always get my problems resolved, but sometimes it ends up being quicker for me to figure out on my own than it is for them to get back to me. I've probably rate technical support a 6 out of 10.Previous Solutions:We evaluated Citrix, but in our testing, vSphere was definitely more stable. Once we got started with vSphere and saw what it could do, we liked it more and more.Initial Setup:The initial setup is pretty straightforward, but it can get complex as you want to use more features. When we first started, it was very, very simple, but we've since made it a lot more complex to account for redundancy.Implementation Team:We implemented using in-house talent.Cost and Licensing Advice:Make sure you find a good reseller you can trust. I don't have any advice with regard to pricing though, because the product is worth what you pay for it. I definitely feel like I"m getting good value.Because there are multiple tiers, you want to make sure that you size your licensing appropriately. If you're going to have a stack, you're going to want to weigh the features that are available with the Enterprise versions versus the standard versions and really understand what you're going to get out of it.Other Solutions Considered:Yes we looked at Xen server, but we had issues with VM stability. This was over 8 years ago though so obviously that isn't likely the same anymore.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very simple to configure and use. No agnostic option of vSAN to use it with another hypervisor. Valuable Features:One of the most valuable features of this product is the integration of VMware vSphere. If you have experience with this product, it is very simple to configure and use. With minimal studying, you can configure and manage it.Improvements to My Organization:The main improvement we found is the simplification of configuration. No more SAN configuration is required; no more complex configuration of LUN and presentation to the VMware infrastructure.Room for Improvement:I think this product has a lot of areas for improvement.First of all, there’s no agnostic option of vSAN to use it with another hypervisor. The only option is to present the storage via NFS (iSCSI will be available with version 6.5). The problem with this configuration is that you lose all the benefits of HCI. Essentially, you transform the vSAN into a network data store.Also, no PIN to SSD: If you have a hybrid mix of disks, you can’t configure a PIN for a particular VM on a particular SSD.Additionally, some features are only available on the all-flash version.Deduplication and compression are enabled cluster-wide. There is a way to disable these options, but the problem is that you can’t enable this option in any combination you want. Essentially, compression and deduplication are either both on or both off. This is not good if you intend to use it for an application like SQL server and Oracle DB.The vSAN license not very cheap.Use of Solution:I’ve been testing and studying it for about 6 months.Scalability Issues:The scalability with these kind of nodes is fantastic, because you can scale out with any resource you want.* Storage space (each server has 24 hard disk slots).* RAM can be upgraded to 1.5TB for each node.The only problem is that it’s not possible to scale on CPU. So if you want to scale on CPU, you have to buy 3 CPUs in one shot (with numbers of core), or buy another node. We know HCI work in this way.Technical Support:I have never used support until this point. We have good enough skills to fix problems without support for now.Previous Solutions:We used old-style infrastructure with a SAN data store and blade center. We changed to simplify infrastructure management.Initial Setup:Installing a complete VMware with three nodes, vSphere Software Appliance, and all things related took some time. So its not so easy and not so fast.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated lot of alternatives, both standard infrastructure and HCI infrastructure. Coming from a previous VMware vSphere installation, we choose the same product for continuity.Other Advice:Its important to have experience with VMware products, and licensing is not very cheap.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The High Availability, and flexibility are what we've found to be important for us It's made us a lot more agile. Valuable Features:The most important feature for us is clearly the foundation it provides. In addition to that, we've found the High Availability and flexibility to be important as well.Improvements to My Organization:It's made us a lot more agile. We don't have to acquire new hardware just to bring it up or utilize new services for our customers. It makes it a lot easier for my team to allocate resources for the other business teams at the company.Room for Improvement:I definitely could see some improvements in Operations Management. That's another product that they have, but it's lacking in a few things. I feel that it's not as aggressive as it should or could be. They have different levels built into it, but I think they should have more aggressive levels.Another area of improvement would be the further development of graphics virtualization. They've starting dabbling in that, it seems, but it definitely needs a lot more. They need to make it a little quicker and better.Use of Solution:I've used it for six years.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues deploying it.Stability Issues:I could count on one hand the number of times I've had issues with it and it's generally been related to hardware faults.Scalability Issues:It's been very much scalable. When we started using it, we only virtualized a handful of servers. We've since expanded it to virtualize about 90% of our infrastructure at this point.Technical Support:It's been a little bit hit-or-miss at times. I think that's related to who picks up the phone first. They always get my problems resolved, but sometimes it ends up being quicker for me to figure out on my own than it is for them to get back to me. I've probably rate technical support a 6 out of 10.Previous Solutions:We evaluated Citrix, but in our testing, vSphere was definitely more stable. Once we got started with vSphere and saw what it could do, we liked it more and more.Initial Setup:The initial setup is not straightforward, but it's as complex as you want it to be. When we first started, it was very, very simple, but we've since made it a lot more complex to account for redundancy. But I don't feel we need this complexity.Cost and Licensing Advice:Make sure you find a good reseller you can trust. I don't have any advice with regard to pricing though, because the product it worth what you pay for it. I definitely feel like I"m getting good value.Because there's multiple tiers, you want to make sure that you size your licensing appropriately. If you're going to have a stack, you're going to want to weigh the features that are available with the Enterprise versions versus the standard versions and really understand what you're going to get out of it.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It cuts the cost of maintaining high availability, which is very expensive with physical servers. Valuable Features:Every organization that I know of that has wanted to implement virtualization in their environments wants HA with every virtual server. That's why for us, we've found the most valuable feature is the ability to move VMs between vCenters and fault tolerance within our four vCPUs.I would also add that the vSAN feature was not useful beforehand but now with Hyper-Converged infrastructure it will simplify vSphere management as well as storage. We may be acquiring xRAIL from EMC which will definitely eliminate needs for storage as well as Fibre Channel switches.Improvements to My Organization:The biggest advantage is that it cuts costs. A few years ago, I worked in an environment of all physical servers. It was very expensive to maintain high availability with them. vSphere cuts that cost.No more lengthy physical server server restores. When this product is coupled with Veeam Backup and replication restoring whole virtual machine or individual files or active directory objects virtually happen in minutes.Room for Improvement:I'd like to see small VMDKs in the next version since Hyper-V provides that option. Right now, that process with vSphere is still manual and requires downtime.Use of Solution:I have used this product for the last five years.Deployment Issues:With previous versions, for example in 5.1, it was inconvenient to deploy an SSO database. Now, an SSO database is local and automatically installed.Stability Issues:It's highly stable.Scalability Issues:It scales without issues.Technical Support:The level of technical support depends on who you're talking to. Some people are more experienced than others. Overall, though, I'd rate them well, but they don't respond very quickly during the weekends.Previous Solutions:I used Hyper-V, which worked well on a single server running Windows 2008 R2. But as soon as a cluster is configured, there are lots of issues with SCVMM. I've heard that Microsoft made some improvements and the product is now more stable, but VMware ESXi is based on the Linux OS and is much more stable. I've had to learn command-line code in Linux, but VMware is better than Microsoft.Initial Setup:It's very easy to set up because it's a popular product and there are many online articles. VMware articles are a bit dry. Many consultants post their experiences, making deployment of vSphere straightforward so long as it's planned properly.Implementation Team:I have implemented this product either from scratch or as part of an upgrade. One piece of advice that I would give is to make sure that the certificate is minimum 1024 bits (I forgot to check that). Other than that, an upgrade or set-up is very straightforward, especially with v6.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is very easy to get things working and it is more difficult to get things working smoothly Valuable Features:Stability of the Hypervisor, DRS, and HA are some of the more valuable features.Improvements to My Organization:VMWare (and any virtualization platform) completely changes the way an organization functions. The way you investment in hardware is done from a completely different perspective, in that an initial capital investment is required, and the resources would then be available for the organizations' use.This, of course, allowed the organization to have a ton of flexibility in resource availability. We were then able to create and build high availability across deployed hardware that would've otherwise been much more complex to accomplish using more traditional methods.Room for Improvement:Nothing I can think of. For a while, allowing for HA without shared storage was a missing feature, but as of 5.1, VMware introduced that feature.Use of Solution:I have used vSphere v4.0/5.0/5.1 alongside vCenter v5.1, and VMware Vieew v4.0 and v5.2.Deployment Issues:There is a lot of know how required to deploy VMWare correctly, especially if it is being architectured to be highly available. A simple deployment is not too hard, but the issues that I had faced initially were mostly related to adequate shared storage connectivity, etc.Stability Issues:As mentioned above, the stability issues have been caused mostly by the inadequacy of the storage (90% of problems have been related storage).Scalability Issues:Not at all. Scalability is one of VMware strengths. Running out of resources has really never been an issue, as it is easy to add new hardware, and/or storage, and expand existing infrastructure.Customer Service:Customer service has always been available, in a more or less adequate time. VMware is good at responding at critical issues that have a high business impact, though sometimes I had experience less than stellar experience in slightly less urgent issues. This is mostly referring to the timeliness of service. Getting the help needed after getting in touch with support has never been an issue.Technical Support:The support is usually pretty good. VMware support is good at making an effort to resolve the problem on first contact, and escalate as necessary. I have always received a solution to my problem.Previous Solutions:For an enterprise virtualization platform, I have only used VMware. I have also used Amazon Web Services as an IaaS, but that doesn't exactly sit in the same category as an on premises virtualization platform.Initial Setup:As mentioned above, a simple setup is not hard. However, there are lot of intricacies to the product to set it up correctly with shared storage, so that fail over can function correctly, and DRS, HA, and vMotion to function efficiently.Implementation Team:I initially did the implementation on my own, with some help from VMware on best practices. I did get some help in getting my enterprise storage installed, and got some guidance from them to fine tune configuration of VMware vSwitches, to achieve optimal performance.ROI:The ROI on virtualization platform isn't always necessarily completely obvious at first glance, as the initial cost to implement it is typically fairly high. However, keeping in mind the soft costs, it would easily prove to be more economical than traditional solutions. Not only that, but it also will require less engineers to manage the system, as all the management tools are built-in within vCenter, to create a unified solution that would ultimately reduce management cost.Cost and Licensing Advice:The original cost of the first set of servers to migrate a whole school district to, was close to $100,000. More recently, an upgrade to an SSD SAN cost an additional $120,000. Keeping in mind software costs of maintaining the product, and all virtualized servers, the day to day cost of the product is essentially the cost of running the hosts, (power, cooling, etc).Other Solutions Considered:No. I had started with VMware very early on, and adopted it when it became a viable enterprise product.Other Advice:For anyone looking to implement VMware, don't take the initial implementation lightly, and don't cheapen up on the hardware, especially the storage. You will save a ton of headaches by investing in good storage that would be adequate for at least three years.Also, do your homework on best practices, and how to implement things. It is very easy to get things working and it is more difficult to get things working smoothly. Never had I thought that I had to get familiar with the deep workings of disks, and IOPs, read and write/s ... but these are really necessary if a good implementation is the goal.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We have better security for development projects and are seeing easier backups, although I'd suggest a full automatic host server setup using DHCP and PXE without configuration scripts. Valuable Features:I find that the Virtual Center Management, iSCSI support, and VMotion hot migration are very beneficial.With these features, we have faster server deployments, additional security for development projects, and easier backups.Improvements to My Organization:The fact that we are having faster server deployments has improved our organization. We are also have better security for development projects and are seeing easier backups.Room for Improvement:* Native management client (not WEB based) - I suggest using Qt framework for native clients in Windows, Linux and Apple OS X.* A more lightweight Virtual Center.* Native SSD cache for any SAN storage (NFS and iSCSI).Use of Solution:We have used it for four years.Deployment Issues:We did have some issues, so I would suggest a full automatic host server setup using DHCP and PXE without configuration scripts.Stability Issues:No issues encountered. In fact, the system has been very stable.Scalability Issues:No, not with dedicated servers. Yes with ephemeral servers- hundreds of PCs that we like to use as ESXi hosts at night for executing virtual machines focused on computing simulations.Previous Solutions:No, we haven't used a previous solution.Initial Setup:The multi-path is very complex with iSCSI and non-existent with NFS.Implementation Team:We did it in-house.Cost and Licensing Advice:Purchase only the cheaper solution with support. I don’t recommend high-end licenses.Other Solutions Considered:* Hyper-V* Oracle VMOther Advice:Contract only experts or use an external consultant.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from vCenter, SRM, and vSphere replication are not only the most valuable features for us, but they're the features we use the most right now. Valuable Features:The most valuable features for us are vCenter, vSphere, vROPS, vRO, NSX, SRM and vSphere replication. They're not only the most valuable features for us, but they're the features that we use the most right now.Improvements to My Organization:From an organizational point of view, it allows us to give a lot of services to our customers. This is true of all VMware products that we purchase. We make sure that our business ultimately benefits from it.Room for Improvement:We have many versions of vSphere, but when it comes to the vSphere appliance, we don't have failover or a recovery point.I also would like some added features to vSphere, such as Fault Tolerance with more CPU support. That would be really helpful to everyone, I think.From a features perspective, with vSphere 6.0 and PSC being introduced as the new authentication module - you cannot use a PSC for a fresh 5.5 Install. I think we should have this feature enabled as this could help us in multiple instances.Also, every would probably like to see a easy/recommendable way to migrate from Windows vCenter to a appliance.Use of Solution:I've been using it for seven years now.Deployment Issues:We haven't had issues with deploying it.Stability Issues:It's been consistently stable, and that has probably been the best feature -- its stability.Scalability Issues:Probably VMware should consider of lifting the maximum number of VM's per vCenter which is 15000 now(10000 powered ON and 5k powered off). The number has been consistent from a long time.Also, VMware should raise the number when it comes to SRM/vREP.Previous Solutions:We didn't really evaluate other solutions, but we're aware that Hyper-V is out there. But we went with VMware because they've been in the market a long time and we trust them.Initial Setup:The initial setup is pretty straightforward and there's not really anything complex about it. I've been working on it for six years now, and it's easy for me.Other Advice:My advice would be to go for it. VMware has a wide range of products. Try them :)Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-02-25
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