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


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VMware
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Year Founded
1998
HQ Location
Palo Alto, CA
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$7,093
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@VMware
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Enterprise Infrastructure Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
System Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The best i like from Vcenter is that you can control everything from one console.So you can control Hosts , Virtual Machines, Storage and Networking. This is very helpfull for an IT System Administrator Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The least helpfull about Vmware Vcenter i think is with licensing the Host. So example you for a host with two processors you cannot apply two license for each processor but you need to go to the vmware site to merge the two license to one and then you can apply the license. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

With vmware vcenter you can solve many problems but the important one is because you have everything to manage from one console so if you have an issue about a virtual machine you can fix it through vmware vcenter or anything else you can do it from vmware vcenter and this is such an relief for it guys Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Md Tanjil Islam B.
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Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The simplified HTML based user interface, the admin interface. The manageability of the infrastructure hosts and virtual machines. Simplified guest virtual machine console. Representation of the host machines and guest virtual machine's health status, event, warnings. Easy network management, device management, datastore management. Easy upgrade for ESXi hosts and patches from built-in update manager. vCenter allows integrating the active directory authentication, which is a secure measurement for corporates to have some control over user access. Enhanced Link-mode features to connect two different vCenter to perform cross-vCenter vMotion for the virtual machines. It has its own HA mechanism for vCenter HA. Which is also a very good feature to have a redundancy of the vCenter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it has to refresh manually to see the updated status of hosts and guests. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter is a very essential and useful tool to perform daily operations in the virtual infrastructure. It is highly recommended to use for your infra to manage the hosts. While buying license please consider the vSphere HA and DRS feature for some added benefit of manageability. The vCenter allows you to migrate your existing physical workloads to migrate into a virtual environment that can save your money by reducing power consumption and the number of physical servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using vCenter to create a cluster environment and manage all the ESXi infrastructure where all business machines are running. It includes the database, application. We use DRS feature to distribute the workloads between ESXi hosts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Vcenter is very good at managing resources, and load balancing to keep everything working properly, I liked this software as it is good at consolidating the information you need to know about your esx hosts and virtual machines across one location easily For reference purposes, one of the relevant functions of this system which draws my attention is that it allows managing large sets of complex infrastructure components. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Managing multiple vCenter instances can be challenging at times, this mostly happens when a new software update is performed, the support is often difficult to navigate, which does not provide a describable not very stable customer support, in other aspects we can mention that some administrative pages are difficult to find and use, having a delay in question to work when exercising the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter is very well suited to any business environment that needs to run enough servers, guests to need more than one host or when you need disaster recovery capabilities, in other terms of software description, the service makes it easy for employees to access all your files and applications, work remotely from any device, in a safe and scalable environment with solutions from this system, which categorizes it as recommended. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Our entire digital structure is virtualized and we standardize on VMware vCenter for our internal hypervisors, it is a scalable platform and very easy to use, this software has been a fantastic tool to help customers move from a physical environment to a virtual one , and currently no user has retracted the decision, as it is a more efficient and safer way to carry out work, used primarily to manage our business production host clusters. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I think that the best of Vmware is that is easy to use and configure , also its adaptable in any equipment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

a little bit dislike me the issues that sometimes show, when I connect with a browser's, like the certificate. I think that the graphical interface it must be more nice Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My advice is that It must get better the graphic interface and the time of attention in the support center. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Many problems, I work with this tool, and It make my work with my clients more easy , I have been working with a lot of servers and It's very productive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

VMware VirtualCenter provides a great way to manage our virtual machines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

VMware does take a little bit of a learning curve to get going. But once you try out the many features the program provides, you'll be surprised of all that it offers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend VMWare VirtualCenter as the product of choice to manage your virtualized servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We used to have many physical servers taking up footprint in our server room. With VMWare we're able to now virtualize them and reduce the number of physical servers by over 80%. Now we can also quickly create servers virtually modifying their allocated resources on the fly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

1) Central management of all of my ESXi server nodes.

2) DRS to balance computing workloads with all available resources (ESXi nodes).

3) HA to minimize the application down time since it has the ability to restart the failed VM on another ESXi node.

4) Snapshots - enables me to do any modifications to my VMs and revert back with in seconds if any thing goes wrong. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

VMware vCenter license cost little bit more 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 server in different physical locations using one console. 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 of Vmware, Mange multiple ESXI at the same time without error.

- Live Migration so powerful moving VM without shutdown at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- Using Flash and HTML5 the UI is not smooth, FLASH player are block with chrome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

- we can shutdown ESXI host for maintenance without interrupt the VM at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It is a secure portal between multiple off site applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

This app frequently freezes and crashes. This sometimes happens multiple times a day. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

It is a good bridge between multiple systems across both of my employers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Our On-Prem data center is completely virtual environment. We are using vSphere for our all host. Currently, we are using vCenter Server 6.5. Most best feature in vCenter Server is a service that allow you to manage your all your virtual infrastructure in a single platform.

It has multiple features do I love that, like Dashboard is very simple to understand.

With OS template in vCenter in short time you able to make new Virtual Machine as your requirement,

Single Sign-On (SSO) this feature is allow you authentication against multiple user repositories as your Active Directory. Also host profiling is good feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In previous version in vCenter 6 has client applications for vCenter management which is more easiest to current web based version of vCenter 6.5

Secondly, need to minimize cost for small environment who running just 2 or 3 host. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

vCenter server is best for enterprise virtual environment. A single vCenter Server can manage thousands of VMs. Less your man-recourse and time with vCenter, Also you can batter manage your all host machine’s resources with vCenter.vCenter server provide good visibility of your server performance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

With the help of vCenter you can manage multiple ( thousands of VMs) host on single platform which have save company resources and time. Not required too many person to manage Data Center, You can batter manage your hardware resources with vCenter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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SQL Database and Business Intelligence Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Teacher Higher Education
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Con vmware vas a poder virtualizar máquinas, algo realmente útil para crear un entorno de pruebas con múltiples sistemas oeprativos por ejemplo, o bien para un entorno real en producción.

La interfaz es muy intuitiva y rápidamente aprenderás a crear máquinas virtuales con diferentes capacidades técnicas.

La forma en la que gestiona recursos tales como memoria principal (RAM), discos duros, unidad central de proceso (CPU), y tarjetas de red es excelente. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

EL problema de Vmware es el alto coste económico de la licencia comercial necesaria para su uso.

Es posible encontrar alternativas igualmente válidas y similares en rendimiento en el mundo del software libre, que son gratuitas. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Muy recomendable, por su facilidad de uso y excelente gestión de diferentes entornos virtua izados que apenas caen en rendimiento. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Se utiliza para tener diferentes máquinas para prácticar en entornos cliente servidor con windows 12, yy también para crear servidores con ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Los estudiantes pueden crear entornos privados de red y aprender a gestioanrlos sin la necesidad de tener que recurrir a una infraestructura de red real, que sería mucho más costosa. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I love that fact I can go from host to host just by clicking on the drop down, I don't have to have a number of different tabs open to switch between them I can just access the one vcenter instance to control them all Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it isn't easy to setup, it took us a couple of months to get a good understanding of it and integrate this with SSO and a new of other features. the SSO did come very useful but it take alot of work to setup and Vcenter documentation wasn't that easy to follow Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

being able to control all of our hosts from one area, I was able to setup a live migrate between the hosts to move VM's around that needs to stay on while restarting the physical host it's been a game changer for us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technical service delivery Mgr
Financial Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We are using vCenter 6.5 to manage over 1000 servers mostly windows. Creating templates makes it very easy to deploy servers in minutes. Dash board is great to manage the VM's as well as monitoring. Great reporting tools as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not many issues I can think of. I do prefer the older versions over the web based which I find it little harder to browse.. initial setup and configurations could be difficult for some folks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great product to manage and support for your virtual environment. I would definitely recommend you plan good before the implementation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

managing day to day operations and monitoring the virtual environment. Running reports on capacity and resource usage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Specialist
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I have a lot of configuration options on vcenter, from a virtual machine to ESXi HA Cluster. Its user interface is very friendly and easy to understand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit expensive compared to other vendors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You won't regret to choose Vcenter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Its centralized structure with only one interface, you can configure anything on the environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Application Support Engineer II
Construction
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Being able to quickly and efficiently manage VM tasks is crucial. Managing deployment/backups/updates is all incredibly simple. Snapshots make roll back and disaster recovery a non-issue. Reporting and monitoring tools allow us to view our environments at a glance and set threshold standards for performance and operation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I've personally not encountered anything that I dislike. My experience utilizing vCenter has always been a positive one. For the bugs I have encountered, support was able to quickly walk me through correcting them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Management and administration of over 60 virtual machines/servers. The ease of use has been incredibly beneficial for us in terms of necessary tech hours. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Self
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

vCenter is a very easy to use system that lets admin users take control of their virtual enviroment, permission levels can be setup to limit access to users / groups and the system even allows AD sign in, within the vCenter you can control, setup and configure all your virutal machines, storage spaces, networking setups and lots more Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Easy to get confused and lost if not aware of what you are doing and due to the power of the system incorrect usage may cause downtime, sometimes the system 'assumes' you are doing stuff without question such as clicking to reboot or stop a VM, sometimes the system just does it as requested Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Def woth using VMware VCenter to control your virtual VMware systems, massive benefits can be obtained from this system, such as automatric fail over on physical host faults and alike Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

vCenter is a mega bit of software, installed often on a physical machine but in later versions the vCenter can be put on its own VM and this provide a massive host of benefits but problems may be encountered if you have incorrect setups, I would recommend you hire a VMWare consultant if never used / setup before Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Manager
Non-Profit Organization Management
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Infrastructure Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If it is within your budget you have no reasons not to implement a VMware infrastructure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Very great virtual machine management. Highly recommended. The user interface is great. Very useful if you want to consolidate your physical servers, which helps save space and energy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike about this product. I have nothing to comment here. It just works and really does it's job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do your research but don't forget about VMware, they are leaders in virtual technology. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Consolidation of physical servers. Server health management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I really like this software because it makes it easy to manage ESXi servers like: application updates and configurations of Esxi server cluster environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't have any problems with this software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

we were able to centralize our servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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DevOps Engineer
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AG
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Programmer Analyst
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

so far no point for dislike but maybe speed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As I said earlier I am currently started working on it so cant say anything at this point Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Systems Administrator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)