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Old 12-12-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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VMware.... What to choose?


I need some advice on what to use. I have 4-5 servers I want to virtualize. I'm using Ovirt 3.1 at the moment, and I'm not really happy with its stability. Maybe Vsphere would be a better choice, but I'm not familiar with the 10+ different products VMware offers and what I would need to manage my systems effectively.

I have 2 Dell R720xd's They each have 2 physical processors and 256GB Ram. I also have 2 MD3600i iSCSI drives with ~30TB each.

My VM's are all Centos 6.4 at the moment, but I plan on adding a Windows server at some point.

Any suggestions would be great!
 
Old 12-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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I have 2 Dell R720xd's They each have 2 physical processors and 256GB Ram. I also have 2 MD3600i iSCSI drives with ~30TB each.

My VM's are all Centos 6.4 at the moment, but I plan on adding a Windows server at some point.
Dear deathsfriend,
So far from the things I have learned regarding the virtualisation, I havent tried VMware yet(may be would try sooner or later), While you consider to install Windows it would be wise for you to give a try on Virtual Box. It works for me well enough either linux or windows or any other supported guest OS offering me good stability too..

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Old 12-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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if you want a vmware product equivalent to ovirt, you are looking at an enterprise edition of vmware. The price might stagger you a bit.

Can you explain what wasn't stable for you under ovirt?
 
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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Ovirt has dropped my database once and now has completely lost the metadata for one of my VM's on an iSCSI drive. All within a few months. Just get the feeling it's not quite ready for production environments.

I know VMWare is expensive, but I have access to special licensing, so it won't be that bad.

There are just so many VMWare products, I don't even know where to start.
VSphere, VCloud, VFusion, VShield, VCenter...
 
Old 12-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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Ovirt has dropped my database once and now has completely lost the metadata for one of my VM's on an iSCSI drive. All within a few months. Just get the feeling it's not quite ready for production environments.
of course - oVirt is under constant development. If you want a stable solution with support - you need to look at RHEV, which does have a price tag, but that's around 10x cheaper than vsphere.


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I know VMWare is expensive, but I have access to special licensing, so it won't be that bad.
your choice you can use an open and flexible solution, or use a closed, proprietary, vendor locked solution.

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There are just so many VMWare products, I don't even know where to start.
VSphere, VCloud, VFusion, VShield, VCenter...
vsphere in general is the equivalent of oVirt/RHEV. Vcenter is what oVirt/RHEV call the engine - the controlling server.

to completely compare with oVirt, you need vsphere enterprise with full edition vcenter (not the limited prebuilt VM)
 
Old 01-18-2014, 11:26 AM   #6
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You've overlooked one obvious resource - VMWare. Call their sales department, and they will be more than happy to suggest solutions to you. You'll have the usual concerns when dealing with any salesman, such as them trying to sell you more than you need, but they're experts on what their stuff is, and should be able to narrow down what the possible solutions for what you want quite quickly.

I understand why you found it confusing, though. Last time I looked at VMWare's site (3-4 years ago or more), it was simple and easy to follow. They've branched out a lot since then - I'm going to have to study it quite a bit myself to get back up to speed.
 
  


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