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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 - 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 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 61.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The most valuable features for us are HA, DRS, and SDRS. Valuable Features:The most valuable features for us are HA, DRS, and SDRS.Improvements to My Organization:We have reduced our number of physical servers from 180 to 20, saving us cost and resources in our data center.Room for Improvement:I'd suggest improvements in a couple of areas. First, the Web Client is too slow. Also, they need to improve vRealize Operations Manager.Use of Solution:I've used it for almost 2 years.Deployment Issues:We were unsuccessful in a few setups, for example, installing on SD cards in some UCS blades. I think, though, that the problem was related to hardware and not to the setup process.Stability Issues:It’s very rare that the hypervisor has stability problems.Scalability Issues:Only with big VMs -- over 64 GB of RAM or with disks over 2 TB -- are there scalability issues.Customer Service:I've not got enough experience to comment on the level of customer service.Technical Support:I’ve always received good service form technical support.Previous Solutions:I’ve used different hypervisors and also previous versions of vSphere. I think that vSphere is the most complete and stable solution for enterprise customers.Initial Setup:Personally, I find the initial setup too simple, but I’ve worked several years on different versions.Implementation Team:I’ve implemented vSphere in my company and for several customers.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:I think that in the past there have been some mistakes in the licensing policy. I hope that in the future it will be simpler.Other Solutions Considered:We have migrated from the previous version without evaluating other products. For our development environment, we are evaluating whether or not to migrate to a product without license costs.Other Advice:For a customer who needs to have a stable infrastructure that's scalable, for very critical applications, I recommend vSphere without a doubt. I would also recommend that you request a VMware Partner to design and implement the solution.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My Company is a VMware Partner.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has improved resiliency and ease of asset management as most customers were able to reduce role segregation. Valuable Features:Having the ability to deploy fault tolerant VM’s with up to 4 CPUs is fantastic as it goes one level up from a business continuity perspective. Previously, VMware was covering, with just vSphere, backups and DR, and now it also covers a properly functional fault tolerant offering.Single Sign On is another feature that is enhanced and solves much of the older problems, either in deploying or managing it. Cross vendor integration is in my opinion one of the best features. Although all these features are welcome and a must, they come at a price in terms of licensing.Improvements to My Organization:vSphere has been deployed in many of our customers. It improves drastically DC consolidation and proper use of available resources. At present, virtualised customers are still far from fully leveraging the potential of vSphere in part due to lack of expertise and fully understanding the concepts of virtualisation from an architecture point of view. It also improved resiliency and ease of asset management as most customers were able to reduce role segregation and have seen an opportunity for having DevOps since human resources became more available due to some degree of automation.Room for Improvement:I’d like to see a better web console or rather, transform the web console in a real single pane of glass for the whole infrastructure instead of having to go for vRealize Ops Manager. Other vendors are providing this already and vSphere (vendor) has that capability. I’d also like to see solutions such as vSAN in vSphere, really take off. It has a lot of potential and since it has been jointly done with other hardware vendors it somehow lost track of what the real purpose was, offer a whole very simple and very effective solution. Support for Virtual Volumes will be the next big thing, and although it is already implemented, it will take a while to see its light in production in customers.Use of Solution:We've been using it since v2.5 came out.Deployment Issues:Most of my customers do not encounter any issues with the deployment. Some issues become more noticeable later once the platform comes in contact with the heterogeneous infrastructure at customer site. But those are integration efforts and constrains, not a product fault.Stability Issues:The web client is sometimes slow and sluggish, other than that customers have no complaints around stability if the product is used as intended.Scalability Issues:This is one of the strongest points in vSphere. I've had no problems with scalability. Although it is dependant on the underlying hardware infrastructure and its scalability/growth/space/etc.Customer Service:It's very good.Technical Support:Very good once you’re passed the initial “script-reading-far-far-away” operators.Previous Solutions:My customers have used all available solutions. Some move to vSphere, some move away. In the end it will be about costs unless very well justified by a business need for high resiliency and market name.Initial Setup:Customers who move to or implement VMware are already aware and skilled on the implementation level. It is usually very straightforward.Implementation Team:My company or a partner company does the implementation. With the amount of available documentation and training, the is no excuse for a poorly deployed platform on vSphere. Know how on platform usage is a different story.ROI:Considering the consolidation and virtualisation portion of it, for a Greenfield, very good. For brownfield and considering license costs and removing the benefits of virtualisation, it is an ROI nightmare, but focusing on the product itself vSphere delivers a good ROI, lower than competitors but still OK.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Start with the lowest and upgrade if, and only if, absolutely necessary. Customers will find that the standard edition is more than sufficient for their needs until they are internally ready to move forward to a cloud operating model.Other Solutions Considered:All in the market. Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM, PowerVM, etc.Other Advice:Start with the least expensive Licensing model and upgrade as you need. Change your operating model to virtualisation and fully leverage its potential. vSphere has it all in one package and can really change the way IT operates. We’re 12 years into virtualisation on x86 and I still find most of the virtualised customers not happy with what it offers since they don’t know how to utilise it.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Business Partner. OEM
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As an admin, virtualization has made my work life far simpler on a day to day basis, but sometimes we have issues where we need to contact tech support. Valuable Features:From the admin perspective, the centralized management/administration of the environment. Additionally, a much smaller data center footprint, streamlined machine deployments and flexible resource sharing rank right up there.Improvements to My Organization:It is hugely more efficient for daily monitoring, patching and upgrades and deploying new machines. With more than 100 servers we would have a couple of full time folks just for patching! Server reboots during business hours are far less disruptive to the end users. We are also in the midst of a large e-commerce project and vSphere has allowed us a ton of flexibility with development and test environments that we wouldn’t have in a physical environment. A lab environment that very closely mirrors production was far easier to design and build than the physical lab we had been struggling with for years.Room for Improvement:We are a small shop but still pay the big bucks for licensing vSphere products in order to gain the features that fit our goals.I'm looking forward to a review of VMTools updates in vSphere 6, which have hopefully been revamped. We currently have a somewhat dated change process so tools updates are hampered by a process that doesn't quite fit and requires more after hours work that is necessary.Use of Solution:We implemented vSphere 4.1 in October 2010 and upgraded to 5.1 in June 2013, then to 5.5 in June 2014. We are beginning to review vSphere 6. Alongside vSphere, we also use ESXi 5.5.0.2718055, and vCenter 5.5.0.2646482.Deployment Issues:No – the original deployment went very smoothly with vendor assistance. Upgrades since have been smooth as well. We did a lot of homework before embarking on any upgrades.Stability Issues:No. The virtual environment has remained incredibly stable over the five years since the original deployment.Scalability Issues:No. The original deployment consisted of virtualizing 32 machines. We now have over 100 VM’s.Customer Service:We periodically have regional reps reach out but they don’t seem to know much about our environment. When we call in, for whatever reason, the folks answering phones are very polite, respectful and efficient at directing our calls.Technical Support:Periodically we have an issue where we have to call in to tech support, but many times are able to Google the issue and find an answer on VMware’s site. When we do have to call though, tech support has been great to us. They definitely stick with an issue until we say it’s resolved.Previous Solutions:No, we moved from a completely physical environment.Initial Setup:A little of both. It was complex because we didn’t know a lot about it but being involved in the setup with a vendor proved itself to be pretty straightforward.Implementation Team:We implemented with a CDW team since we hadn’t done any virtualization. They were extremely knowledgeable regarding not only VMware but Cisco, Microsoft and Linux which helped us design an infrastructure that suited our needs well at the time.Other Solutions Considered:We had one Citrix server at the time and I believe we did a veryhigh level evaluation of Xenserver, but VMware was more in linewith our virtualization goals.Other Advice:Do your homework so you learn as much as you can about virtualization concepts as there are many nuances that are quite different from the physical counterparts. It’s easy to get an ESXi host stood up and install a vCenter management server – then you decide to stand up a “few” VM’s and when you figure out how easy that is, you are off and running. But what about your network configuration and HA or DRS to name a few. It’s way easier to learn the concepts ahead of time than to have to research a bunch of little issues after the fact. Google VMware and/or vSphere and have at it!Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-08-30
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
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