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VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing your VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure with confidence.

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VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing your VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure with confidence.


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1998
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Senior System Administrator
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

vCenter allowed me to manage and monitor the status of my large virtual cluster in just one dashboard. It is very user friendly which makes an admin task much more easier. It does not only provide the management of virtual servers, but it also provides the management interface for storages, networks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the lack of a dedicated application for the dashboard can be felt by the administrator. Vmware focuses on browser only management interfaces but for complex task and sometimes for big files, browsers are constantly fails to handle the background jobs. I would prefer to have a desktop version also besides the browser version. Vmware should make a choice of a preference to allow user to select desired connection method. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Although HyperV comes very good when considering the budget, Vcenter is much more reliable and trustworthy to manage the virtual environment. It provides a better workplace for admin comparing HyperV mangement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Managing different standalone hosts or cluster environment can be really time consuming by visiting every each host. Vcenter allows to integrate all the hosts into one place where you can see all the event details, tasks, and performance metrics. Now, we have more time to improve our IT infrastructure, rather than browsing separately each host. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Portfolio Management, Service Owner
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the ability to manage multiple datacenters over multiple sites all within one application and not having to use individual vSphere management consoles for that specific host. I also like that the application displays a lot of relevant information such as logs and monitoring. I like how there are few/limited versions / feature editions of vCenter where there are multiple versions of vSphere which gets a bit confusing and have varying pricing. The responsiveness and stability of the application is nice. I think some parts of the UI and Recent tasks pane still have some room for improvement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how certain functions of vCenter and associated integrated applications like NSX are still reliant on Adobe Flash for certain functions and are still not fully ported over to HTML5 yet. Trying to coax my browser into playing nice with Adobe Flash in 2020 is not a good time. The interface is also still a bit clunky with AD integration - it would be nice to have a more intuitive and easier to work with interface for AD integration and configuration management. I don't like how it is not easier to apply configuration changes such as a simple rename. I don't like how there is not a free or very cheap version for testing and personal use in homelabs as there is for vSphere - this is an essential license function for gaining experience and familiarity. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Come up with a good plan and naming convention ahead of time before implementation. Be aware of the limitations involved with the HTML5 client and that Adobe Flash is still alive here for certain functions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The ability to virtualize our environment and manage all of the VMs and datacenters at scale. The ease of at-scale management compared to bare metal systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

live migration features i like the most, and also balancing the load vm in the nodes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- the problem is the UI between Flash Player and HTML5, Flash player will end of support soon by chrome so this is the problem. and then HTML5 UI seem not yet smooth. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

- its help me alot especially when i do the live migration VM in the host such as moving datastore, moving compute. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Snapshots feature in vCenter enables me to do any modifications to my VMs and revert back with in seconds if any thing goes wrong. Also I do not have to worry about server workloads because DRS feature in vCenter balances computing workloads with all available resources (ESXi nodes). In addition to that High Availability feature minimizes the application down time since it has the ability to restart the failed VM on another ESXi node. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Full featured VMware vCenter licenses are more expensive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are buying new hardware for your data center, then bundle the VMware license with your hardware, then the VMware license prices will be really affordable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I'm able to manage all the VMware ESXi nodes and all the virtual machines in different physical locations using one console. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Using vCenter Server, I'm able to manage all of my ESXi nodes centrally.

Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) feature built in the vCenter helps me to balance computing workloads with all available resources (ESXi nodes).

Also the High Availability (HA) feature which comes with vCenter helps me to minimize the application down time since it has the ability to restart the failed VM on another ESXi node. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I'm little bit concerned about the license prices, but feature-wise I love all the features built with vCenter Server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it, without vCenter server it will be a nightmare to manage all the Virtual Machines and ESXi Server nodes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

No need multiple system administrators to manage VMware ESXi nodes at different physical locations. I can manage all of my ESXi server nodes by sitting in one place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Administrator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The most important thing is VMware vCenter provides a centralized management centre to manage VMware VSphere infrastructure. So I can manage and monitor ESXi hosts, virtual machines from a single management location. It is helping to reduce operational cost. Its dashboard is feature-rich and easy to navigate. I can easily deploy new ESXi hosts, virtual machines datastores and configure them. I can save a virtual machine template and use it to deploy new virtual machines. Licensing and administration are easy with the vCenter. There are many 3rd party Plug-in. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Price is bit high. It requires a high resource to run vCenter. Although the web client is good it need more improvements and stability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the best way to manage your virtual environment. Recommend. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Easily can manage and monitor virtual infrastructure from the VMware vCenter and it saves time and reduces cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Over the years VMware have being integrated a lot of information to the VMware vCenter. I like the fact that it is a easy to use console and easy to understand. All the management of your virtual environment is in there. Also with the vCenter plugins you can centralize the management of storage (SAN) and other compute and network devices. You have a single pane of glass to administer the resources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the web client that is base on flash. But now with the new HTML5 web console, you can easily manage it from everywhere and you don't depend on flash that is vulnerable and obsolete. I think that about it. I cannot think of anything else I dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I really recommend to the customers to have a design for the vCenter server services layout in advanced to your needs. I mean get help on sizing and think about the growing of the virtual environment. It is helpful to use the professional services from VMware so you can have a setup that is well configure and with a validated design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The management of all our virtual environment and also the storage and server management right on the console. It is easy to use for the administration needs.

Now we can easily provision the virtual machines and the san storage in one place. The same VMware admin can do the provision of storage without the storage admin involve. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

- I liked the fact that I can manage more than 1000 machines in this virtual environment without lowering the user experience.

- The other good thing about the software is the simplicity in deployment. Migration from a Windows vCenter Server to the Linux enviroment is just one step.

- It is possible to more than 10 vCenter together and manage up to 30,000 machines in remote locations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The limitation I found with the software is the fact that it is mostly dedicated to Linux based platforms - almost 90%. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter is worth trying. If your company is looking to make the most of your server, the investing in vCenter is a good solution for this. vCenter is best for operating multiple virtual machines which can run concurrently to cater for your needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I used vCenter in the my previous company to merge our core ERP systems. The VMware also helped us provide more disk space to the server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Helpdesk II
Medical Devices
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The speed of updates is good for this environment. The support and knowledge base are good when running into issues with online troubleshooting guides. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The push for virtual appliance and removal of windows server versions in the future. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this product simply for the amazing levels it can take your infrastructure too. We are not even using all the features and its still a great software that accomplishes much. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Vcenter Server allows direct access in a centralized way to the virtual Vsphere ESX environments. We are able to manage and fix our machines quickly. Also works as a backup proxy for Veeam. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director of Information Technology
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

vCenter Server is a great tool that allows for great ease in the management of vSphere virtual servers. Easy to setup and accessible from any browser. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

vCenter has evolved the interface many times and has made it seem overly simplified in the years, which in turn can make the interface overly complicated when changes are continually made. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter is an easy to use software that allows great ease for virtual machine use. Highly recommended over the competition. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

vCenter serves us the ability to manage our entire infrastructure, which gives us the chance to maintain our entire virtual server presence in one place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

vCenter provides a ton of features to manage your hypervisors and virtual machines. The product itself is very stable and has some unique features which are proprietary to VMware. Features like storage/host vMotion, distributed virtual switch and distributed resource scheduler are very helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Just like all other products out there, there is a learning curve. The support contracts are expensive. It is difficult to migrate to another solution in the future. The Web dashboard lags a lot sometimes and the CLI is difficult to learn and navigate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

While VMware vCenter is one of the best out there with large number of useful features, remember that it can turn out to be huge operational expense. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Virtual machine lifecycle management. Additional bundled tools like vRealize Orchestrator can solve some orchestration needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The new Web interface makes managing very easy Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

That elements still require flash to fully manage, html5 interface is close but still cut down Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Reduce hardware footprint with virtual machines Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A centralized management system, very easy to use, to manage the whole virtual infrastructure, and to perform configuration, monitoring, and trouble shooting just in a one shop platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not really, I haven't seen any disadvantage so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

none Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We're using Vcenter server to manage our production cloud virtual infrastructure, which has improve the efficiency for our jobs and make it easy to new colleague to get started quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Manager, Network/IT
Pharmaceuticals
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ability to manage multiple ESX hosts and VM's from a single console. vMotion is also very useful in the event of a host failure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike. vCenter works very well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter is highly recommended if you are using multiple ESX hosts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

If an ESX host ever goes down for whatever reason, the VM's on that host will automatically migrate to another host in the same cluster. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Customer Support & Experience Representative
Internet
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

What I like about this software is the centralized visibility, it is simple, efficient and excellent for cloud serving. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The price is a bit steep if you decide to go with the Standard version, but if you're a small business, you could just purchase the Foundation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Network administration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

VM Ware is an industry standard for Virtual computing and vCenter is they way to administer it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

there is nothing to dislike about this program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We use it to control our virtual servers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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