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VMware VirtualCenter

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Virtual infrastructure management software, provides a central point of control for virtual computing resources.


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Great enterprise virtualization

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Solid visualization platform. Easy end user tools like the fat VSphere Client and the Web interface.

Cons: As a regular Virtualbox user it's great to be able to connect into the console for any VM over RDP, regardless of support in the guest OS. I've been unable to find this feature in VMWare.

Best Hypervisor We Have Used

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The cost savings we have realized by not having to purchase a physical server for each application we use has been the greatest pro.

Cons: The interface can be a bit intimidating, and unless you take a training course from VMware you may be left a bit puzzled.

Best tool around for HW virtualization

Sep 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to manage all machines HW is great, the networking and the redundancy configurations are very useful.

Cons: There are some small bugs which sometimes make life a bit difficult. In addition, in some occasions the VC is getting very slow.
It is not good that the newer version require to have a separated VC and cannot be standalone with an ESX server

Great product I use every day

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: VMWare has been the go to hyper visor for me for years. the Virtual Center client has always worked and never left me stranded

Cons: As of recently with the move to get away from the C# client, it has become a little more tedious doing the things I need.

Overall: It's the best hypervisor I have ever used. I have used KVM, VMWare, HyperV, and XEN. I never have issues with deployment when it comes to vcenter. Can't say that about the rest

Seamless transition from hardware to virtual

Jul 18, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The user interface is clear and easy to navigate, it takes the guess work out of set up a limits the needs for more trained IT professionals.

Cons: Occasionally there is a crash out of the virtual machine, though we believe it to be a limitation of the host operating system and a function of the limited hardware resources available to the virtual machine. Though it would be helpful if the software can more accurately give root cause to its own system failures.

Overall: Streamlined virtual machine of company server. With built in back up protection against system loss and failure.

One of the few options

May 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Industry standard. Easy to find support when problems arise. Vendors are well aware of the various versions/options.

Cons: Bugs introduced with new versions.Otherwise it's great.

vCenter - Mostly good

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I have been using vCenter 6.x for about 1 year. I am using the appliance version. Overall, the appliance is stable and runs well. Upgrading it is also very easy and pretty painfree. There are basically two main issues I have with it.

1. The whole Update Manager setup is pretty weak. First, it is not even explained in a simple document on how it works, how it flows, etc.... Just install it and it works? Well, it doesn't.

2. The web interface. VMWare moving the whole product to Web Interface only (you can still use the older thick client, but not all features present) is a bad taste because it's just plain slow. VMware, if you want us to go this route, you need to rewrite the Web Interface in HTML5 and dump Flash once and for all.

VMware vCenter - The central solution

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using VMware vCenter for over 5 years and find that it is a great central source to manage all of your hosts. This is a fairly easy to use product with great upside.

vCenter is THE tool to manage your VMware Environment

Nov 17, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: As a virtualization Engineer, I've been a big fan of vCenter as you cannot manage your vCenter environment without it.

Cons: The vSphere Web Client for vCenter 5.5 and 6.0 is slow.

Overall: If you have more than 2-3 VMware hosts, you NEED vCenter! There is no other tool to manage your virtual environment. And the features you get with vCenter, like Templates, Distributed Switches, etc....

VMware's vCenter Operations Manager lightens the load

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: One of the downsides to virtualization is the relative complexity of system monitoring. Traditional monitoring systems are well tuned for physical servers, but they can run into issues in the virtual world. When servers move freely between physical hosts, it can be a challenge to keep track of them. Also, visibility at every layer of the stack is a tough nut to crack. Nevertheless, the ability to access trend and alert data from each layer is crucial to maintaining the overall health of the environment, and it's critical to future planning.

VMware's vCenter Operations Manager was designed to address these problems -- and it does so quite well. VMware didn't develop the Operations Manager tools internally, but acquired them with Integrien back in 2010. Now at release 5.7.0, vCenter Operations Manager is available in four different editions across the VMware line. I tested the Standard edition as part of the new VMware vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM) offering.

Smooth setup
The framework for vCenter Operations Manager is a vApp, downloaded and deployed on a VMware vSphere cluster. It consists of two Linux VMs, and the initial installation is as simple as browsing to the OVF file and deploying it through the vSphere management tools. Once deployed, Operations Manager requires very little initial configuration. It needs to hook into one or more vCenter servers and requires credentials to access every tracked object that's visible to the vCenter server. All told, getting the solution up and running took about 15 minutes.

The vApp is configured by default with two vCPUs on each of the two VMs, with 9GB of RAM presented to the Analytics VM and 7GB to the UI VM. These instances are self-tuning, so larger implementations will require more vCPUs and RAM, and the VMs will take advantage of those resources when detected.

There are further configuration steps to take once Operations Manager is running, such as defining SMTP and SNMP servers, along with uploading SSL certificates (if desired). However, when linked to one or more vCenter servers, Operations Manager begins its data collection tasks and can be left alone to digest the wealth of data it collects and analyzes