vCenter Server

IaaS platform for managing and deploying virtual machines

About vCenter Server

vCenter Server is a server management platform that helps businesses deploy and manage virtual infrastructures across hybrid cloud environments. Using vSphere High Availability (HA) capability, administrators can replicate roles, permissions, and licenses across all virtual machines and simultaneously log in, view, and search inventories across connected servers.

With vCenter Server's plug-in extensibility, enterprises can optimize data for wide area network (WAN) transmission and perform application-level backups for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft SQL Server. Managers can use the native backup scheduler to backup server appliances and restore downloaded files with a recovery time of less than ten minutes. vCenter Server lets users identify system issues and create remediation strategies with features, such as load balancing or automated workflow management.

Using vCenter Server, IT professionals can assign roles to specific users and facilitate the provisioning of new virtual machines. Other features of the software include compliance management, storage monitoring, a centralized console, alerts/notifications, single sign-on (SSO), audit trail, patch management, and resource allocation.

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Features

Total features of vCenter Server: 29

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Cloud Computing
  • Compliance Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Data Security
  • Issue Management
  • Issue Tracking
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Log Access
  • Network Monitoring
  • Patch Management
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Risk Alerts
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Single Sign On
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Workflow Management

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Google Cloud Platform

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Sematext Cloud

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#3 Alternative to vCenter Server
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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,6 /5
(76)
Value for Money
4,1/5
Features
4,6/5
Ease of Use
4,3/5
Customer Support
4,4/5

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Jose de jesus R.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Use of VCenter, my great experience

Reviewed on 2018/06/05

To be able to share with a great audacity the experience of using the software that I use on a...

To be able to share with a great audacity the experience of using the software that I use on a daily basis so that I can also get to know the experience of other end users, learn from their experiences, recommendations and experiences within the professional, technical and personal spheres.
Widely recommended, the first time I use it I would recommend it 100% to other professionals, who want to share their experience and experience.

Pros

For more than 10 years I have been a VMWare VCenter user, in which I have been able to experience the great benefits of a software that allows to have centralized administration of all the resources of a virtual environment. The creation of teams is considerably simplified, since the allocation of resources is very fast, the management of the configuration of the networks and the storage elements are now easy to use and assign. With the new virtualization technology used by VMWare VCenter, the computing centers have great scalability, the remote management of data centers for disaster reoccupation is very effective.
The creation, administration and configuration of Virtual Networks is also one of the best advantages of VCenter, its implementation is quick and easy. The backup of the virtual environment is also easy to perform, in this way the operation of my services will be guaranteed in case of any application or operating system failure, I no longer have to worry.
I have used it with different brands of hardware in different companies and it seems to me that the product behaves equally fast and versatile.
I feel more secure and confident in every moment, I recommend it tirelessly.

Cons

One of the few advantages that VMWare VCenter has is that it adapts to only medium and large companies for its cost, it is worth using, the hardware to be used must be of great potential in order to make the most of the resources and exploit them for the benefit of the company and thus have 100% utilization.
Another disadvantage that it has is having a VCenter cluster, that is having two or more VCenter having access to the same database so that in case of failure it can continue the operation as if it had not roasted anything, for this modality it must be have a clone of the VCenter turned off and turn on in case of error and not recovery of the original VCenter, this generates waste of time for lack of this process is automatic.

Chris S.
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

vSphere is nothing without vCenter

Reviewed on 2018/10/16

I have administered and managed hundreds (maybe thousands) of VMs with vCenter. Used the last 3...

I have administered and managed hundreds (maybe thousands) of VMs with vCenter. Used the last 3 major versions and they are constantly improving and adding features and increasing the hardware limitations (a VM with 1TB of RAM!!).

Pros

vCenter puts all the awesome technologies and features together in a manageable environment. vCenter is the first step in clustering resources into no longer seeing individual hardware servers as important. Virtualize compute, storage, and network so as to be one seamless datacenter resource. vCenter is compatible and integrated with so many other products and VMware's powershell library for vCenter is exhasutive.

Cons

Like vSphere, it can get pricey. And as of the most recent release, I don't think that there is a really good high availability solution for the vCenter VM itself so that if it dies, you may be left doing alot of manual work until you can bring it back up.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Great when it works but upgrade issues are abundant

Reviewed on 2018/11/21

Pros

This software is a huge timesaver and communication tool when the connection is working correctly. It makes it very easy to view your virtual desktop wherever you are and have read/write access to your files on the go. This is the only reason people in our company are able to work at home, which is a huge pro.

Cons

There seem to be frequent issues regaining a connection when there is a new version upgrade. The system doesn't seem to always recognize the upgrade and you end up having to delete and re-download the program to establish a connection.

Ahmed E.
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  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Vmware VCenter

Reviewed on 2020/12/26

Very good

Very good

Pros

User interface. Integration with LDAP. updates for vcenter and hosts.

Cons

Interface must be simplified for users to interact with it

Reynaldo S.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Most Simplified Management Interface on a Virtual Enviroment.

Reviewed on 2019/04/18

Pros

The installation or deployment for Vcenter is completelly simple just a few clicks with some options, once the Vcenter is deployed you can manage the entire virtual infraestructure, replication, Automated load balancing, high availability.
Your server administration will be easier with a simple drag and drop to move virtual machines between host.
Even is easier to manage / troubleshoot and update to newers versions, this is the goal for any IT Administrator to apply in his infraestructure.

Cons

In some older versions i dislike the usage of Flash to manage the enviromer but the most recently one uses html5 and this change my mindset.

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vCenter Server offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$1 535,00
  • Free Trial: Not Available

vCenter Server pricing plans are available across two tiers, on one-time license basis, as outlined below: vCenter Server Foundation: $1535 vCenter Server Standard: $6175

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vCenter Server has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

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