This is the fourth installment of a series by Systems Team Lead Matt Peabody to begin to answer a question he hears all the time: “Why vendor X?”
“Why VMware?” is a question I hear from quite a few customers when starting with virtualization or looking at their current virtual infrastructure. There are many competing hypervisors out there with Microsoft’s Hyper-V being a close second. We believe VMware is the leader still building on the success of their ESX hypervisor over a decade ago.
The core ESXi product is as solid as embedded appliance operating systems like switches or routers. VMware is a purpose-built appliance we load VMs onto, rather than an add-on to a current operating system. Like all software companies, VMware has had some bugs, but their quick turnaround time and openness with these bugs helps a great deal. They list known issues and fixes right on their site so they are easy to find and correlate with any issues that may be happening.
With vCenter at the root for managing a VMware environment, there is a true single pane of glass for the entire infrastructure. The VSphere Web Client combines management, monitoring, provisioning, compliance remediation, backup, DR, and many more things into a coherent and expansive interface. There are plugins for storage vendors, virtualized networking (NSX) and storage (VSAN). VMware ESXi has some of the easiest clustering support to get an HA environment up and running in minutes with two clicks.
VMware is a very security-minded company. VMware has offerings in OS compliance with vRealize Operations Management, mobile device management with Airwatch, and even endpoint management with their Horizon Suite of products. This allows them to manage and control your entire infrastructure from one platform. Since VMware uses purpose-built, hardened appliances and applications, they have fewer patches and vulnerabilities, and they can keep their update cycle very rapid.
VMware is constantly leading with emerging technologies. From their purchase of Nircira to form their NSX virtual networking platform to their creation of VSAN, their integrated hyper-converged platform, they are always ahead of the market in their vision for the future. They quickly integrate new products into the fold of the company and still let those technologies shine and innovate. VMware seems to be a few years ahead of the other members in their market, and it shows in their leadership.
VMware continues to excel and grow as a company as they expand their influence into areas other than compute virtualization. They keep a tight integration with their products to stay ahead of competition and innovate in the evolving world of technology.