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3.9 out of 5.0 (15 ratings)

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  • 2 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Implementation is extremely hard given the Information Assurance (Security) issues.

    Overall Comment

    To many vulnerabilities.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Use Linux.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Not much.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It is consistently being updated against hack attacks.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Develop a stronger OS against vulnerabilities.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Use a different virtualization strategy.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Better. Faster. Stonger.

    Overall Comment

    Windows Server 2012 R2 has been the easiest, fastest, and most stable Windows Server to date.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Install the desktop experience. Even though this is a server, the desktop experience enables disk cleanup which allows significant space savings.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    It's Windows and I do not need to navigate a complex CLI for most tasks!

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    No complaints.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    With so many patches and updates, some directories get very bloated (WinSxS).

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Wait for R2. The last two iterations of Windows Server have quickly been followed up with an R2 version. The R2 version has been superior to the original in every way. Watiing for R2 might be worth it.


  • 2 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V,System Center VMM,Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hyper-V is not as stable as VMware or Citrix XenServer

    Overall Comment

    Not as satisfy as VMware Virtualization. Hyper-V is unstable but has to adopt it due to mgmt.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    If cost is not a factor, VMware is a better solution compare to Hyper-V

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    cost

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    unreliable

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Make Hyper-V more stable and simplier to manage.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    We would stick with VMware if we could.


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V

    Hyper-V with win10.

    Overall Comment

    Easy to implement and user-friendly.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    If you are willing to spend extra money on easy infrastructure upgrade, hyper-v is the way to go.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    good support.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    could have implemented for win8 as well.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V,System Center VMM,Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hyper-V is matured enough and will continue its enhancement on every version.

    Overall Comment

    We had a good experience moving to Hyper-V 3 on Windows Server 2012 R2.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Go on and virtualize with Hyper-V. If you got a good hardware and storage, Virtualization is going to be a great experience.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy to build.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Issues with SCVMM.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    It's better to wait till first roll-up after the initial launch. That would get most of the bugs fixed.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V,Windows Server 2012 R2

    Met financial constraints and provided core functions required for the project.

    Overall Comment

    Top class vendor


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2

    Maximum backward compatibility.

    Overall Comment

    Ease of integrating legacy apps into the newer infrastructure without issues.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Do not mirror the old environment. Find the pain points, and learn from the lessons of the older.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    In-depth support.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Not to rename new environment to match the old environment names once side-by-side testing was done.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Windows Server 2012 R2,Other...

    Product provided capabilities that were an architectural fit.

    Overall Comment

    Features in Windows 2012 R2 Server, allows capability for bridging gaps between legacy and target state architectures as it relates to authentication and authorization strategies. The ability to leverage Microsoft ADFS3.0 has opened up the ability to modernize web SSO at a local level that can be standardized across the Enterprise. There is a delicate balance between security and usability when it comes to supporting legacy applications as well as having the ability to use the same identity for SaaS/PaaS solutions that are off-premise. Having a local identity provider that can issue various tokens is bridging the gap for our organization and enables us to support legacy systems while creating modern web applications with modern identity methods.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Focus on realistic target architectures, and leverage readily available capabilities to facilitate achieving that target state.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Multiforest environments without trust can be cumbersome when adding a XenApp capability.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Other features such as lack of integrated multi-forest directory services would be a nice addition without having to purchase that capability.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Our organization would have done this 24 months ago.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Hyper-V,System Center VMM,Windows Server 2012 R2

    HyperV saves time and money

    Overall Comment

    No problem since we start using Hyper-V and Microsoft has been adding new features with each version.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Virtualization opens the door to other opportunities.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy to use. It comes with Windows 2012.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    There are a few functions that are only on VMware but Microsoft is catching fast.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Nothing.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    No, we would have still selected Hyper-V.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    It does what it suppose to do. It is catching up with VMware.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Easy to deploy, particularly with each major version of Windows.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): System Center VMM

    VMM helps us in managing our VM environment

    Overall Comment

    It does what it advertises. It also integrates with our other Microsoft products like SCOM.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    See if having the entire system center suite makes sense. Besides VMM, we have DPM, SCOM and SCCM.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    It does what it supposes to do -- which is to manage all our VMs from the central point.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Some of the data coming from VMM is not accurate. It didn't show the resources properly.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Ability to handle non-Microsoft platform.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    We would not do anything different.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    It does what it supposes to do. It will be nice if it can generate more accurate dashboard.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    It works with hyper-v, cluster environment and SCOM. Microsoft is adding more features in the next version.


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Evaluation & Contracting

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4.2

Ability to understand your organization's needs

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4.3

Timely and complete response to product questions

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3.9

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

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Integration & Deployment

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3.9

How long did your deployment take?

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9 - 12 months (<12)

12 months or more


Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

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4.0

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

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3.9

Quality and availability of end-user training

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4.3

Ease of deployment

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Service & Support

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4.1

Did you purchase a support package from vendor?

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Timeliness of vendor's response

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Quality of technical support

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Quality of peer user community

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Product Capabilities

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4.1

Computing

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4.5

Storage

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Networking

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4.6

Range of OSs (Server)

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4.3

Range of OSs (Client)

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4.0

Range of Applications

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4.4

Availability and Recoverability

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4.2

Security

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4.1

Management

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4.1

Automation and Scaling

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3.8

Interoperability (Data Center)

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4.1

Interoperability (Cloud)

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Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Rollout and Install

Development/Integration

Vendor/Product Selection

Functional Assessment

Technical Assessment

Application Lead

Maintenance and Support

Executive Sponsor

Vendor Management

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What other vendors were considered? Multiple responses allowed.

Microsoft

Citrix

VMware

Red Hat

Huawei

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Why did you purchase this product?

Cost management

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Drive innovation

Improve business process agility

Improve compliance and risk management

Improve business process outcomes

Enhance decision making

Drive revenue growth

Reduce time to market

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What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Better, faster decisions

Reduce external IT costs

Reduce IT head count

Reduce other non-IT costs

Workload-specific requirements

Customer satisfaction

Expand types of analysis

Increased revenue

Link KPIs to corporate objectives

Make better insights available to more people

Reduce LOB head count

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In which region(s) did your deployment take place? Multiple responses allowed.

North America

APAC

EMEA

Europe, Middle East and Africa