Lenovo USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 - box pack - 1 server

Mfg. Part: 41Y8382 | CDW Part: 3158740 | UNSPSC: 43232302
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  • 1 server
  • for System x3950 X6
The IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1u1 offers a convenient delivery option from IBM for the VMware vSphere 5.1u1 software.

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Category: Utilities
Subcategory: Utilities - server virtualization

Brand: Lenovo
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Lenovo ESG Server Options
Model: USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Lenovo

Package Type: Retail

Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Service & Support
Type: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details
Response Time: Next business day
Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Friday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 9 hours a day
Service Type: Limited warranty

License Category: Shrinkwrap
License Qty: 1 server
License Type: Box pack

Product Reviews
Lenovo USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 - box pack is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We were able to use ESXi to centralize the server farm. I recommend documenting everything. Valuable Features:* High Availability* Fault Tolerance* Live migration* Reduced the overall cost of the infrastructure* Centralizing the management.Improvements to My Organization:We were able to centralize the server farm, thus able to focus administrators on their immediate tasks, reduce response time to incidents, concentrate the informational flows, facilitate the task of data protection.Use of Solution:2 years.Deployment Issues:The deployment was really easy, migration to the virtualization infrastructure was transparent to the main business.Stability Issues:None encountered for now.Scalability Issues:No. If you would plan an infrastructure from the beginning, you would not encounter any issues.Customer Service:We have never asked for any kind of customer service.Technical Support:We have never needed any kind of technical support from the vendor.Previous Solutions:No, but, in future, we plan to use a Microsoft Hyper-V.Initial Setup:Initial setup was quite straightforward.Implementation Team:The implementation was made by our own team.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing we didn't evaluate any other options. It was planned to use the VMware as the first queue and the MS Hyper-V as the second one. The reason is in the migration plan of the servers - in the second phase it would be the MS SQL server's, so the MS Hyper-V is more suitable.Other Advice:Always have a plan for the work document everything.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HA, FT and DRS features support large scale servers and VMs. Valuable Features:Its compatibility with LUNs and its vMotion, HA, FT and VDS. It works very smooth with LUNS. When we talk about its Cluster feature, then the HA, FT, and DRS features are just great in how they support large scale servers and VMs without any trouble in the production environment.VMware offers VDS switches which are very efficient and useful regarding network configuration in your virtual environment. The configuration should be the same on your cluster-joined ESXis to improve performance and when running a production environment or VMs on any ESXi.These features are very good for us.Improvements to My Organization:While using its HA feature, we don’t need to worry about usage of servers. Our VM automatically shifts to another server which has resources using vMotion. VDS provides its NIC which is available on all ESXis. You have to configure it one time at Center level and after that you don't need to worry about any ESXi configuration or its failure. When DRS or HT transfers your VM to another host, then that VM will get the same NIC via VDS.Room for Improvement:I guess in vMotion it should have the ability to move VMs across clusters of vCenters and different type of CUPS.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for many years.Stability Issues:We did not have any issue so far in stability.Scalability Issues:We have had scalability issues; we have backup plans if ESXi crashes.Technical Support:I would rate technical support 5/10.Previous Solutions:We didn’t use anything previously. We chose VMware ESXi 5.5 over Hyper V due to its features.Initial Setup:It was complex because you have to prepare for every situation.Cost and Licensing Advice:Its pricing is affordable for a small company as well.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated vMotion, HA, FT, and VDS.Other Advice:I advise you to review your needs and then look into the features. I am sure you will get solution of your needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review about VMware ESXi Valuable Features:SAAS, SAAS, IAAS using Virtualisation of infrastructureImprovements to My Organization:Work life balance as systems administrators got flexibility, robustness, scalability of current infrastructure.Room for Improvement:The licensing part. Vmware must simplify the licensing mode to help selling to business and additional products.Use of Solution:Almost 10yearsDeployment Issues:Nope. Smooth all the way.Stability Issues:Never. Vmware was the easiest system i ever deployed. Did it without training.Scalability Issues:Not yet. As long as i have the infrastructure, the system works like magic. I can add hardware and servers as i want.Customer Service:I only have the online website customer service. Otherwise i have no support from anyone. Tho i love the product.Technical Support:once i had to upgrade and i was adding some new hardware from DELL the company in Kenya sent very good guys to work on them directly. We have been good friends with the guys tho they are no longer in DELL.Previous Solutions:I was deploying servers from bare metal. Once i got VMware, i have never looked back.Initial Setup:It was smooth. I had bought symanted brightmail and it could only deploy from VMDX. So i had to learn the hard way. I likes it. Once i learnt about VMware, i have helped no less than 20 administrators to deploy VMware in Kenya.Implementation Team:Dell M1000 full blade power edge, deployed by the manufacturer.ROI:It is superb. Level of hardware investment went down. Scalability and power is superb. Next am deploying BI and warehousing on DELL poweredge using VMware and later a 4 tier (a true 4 tier) datacenter in Kenya.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is a place vmaware have to work on. Bringing in products or upgrading is difficult to sell to the finance guys.Other Solutions Considered:I fell into VMware. I so far like the marriage.Other Advice:Keep going guys. Best thing under the sun.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a tiny install, but it's packed with features. Valuable Features:VMware leads the pack with their hypervisor. It's a tiny install, but it's packed with features.Room for Improvement:The setup can be complicated for those who are not technically inclined. The pricing can also be complicated.Use of Solution:I've used it for 10 years now.Deployment Issues:We did encounter issues during deployment, but they were mostly because of human errors.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues scaling it for our needs.Customer Service:In my experience, I give VMware customer service a 7/10.Technical Support:In my experience with technical support, I give them a 7/10.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward, unless you not technically inclined, in which case it is complex.Implementation Team:We implemented it with out in-house team.Cost and Licensing Advice:The pricing and licensing with VMware can be complicated, but once you understand it, it makes sense.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended virtualization product for mid/large sized organizations ESXi is highly recommend for virtualization these days for mid/large sized organizations due to its increased reliabilty and lot of other features.Pros:- -1. VMWare ESXi is virtualization product that allows us to partition a single physical server into multiple virtual machines.2. VMWare ESXi hosts can be with Windows, Solaris, Linux and Netware, any or all of which can be used concurrently on the same hardware.3. VMWare ESXi has been proved as leader in cloud enterprise class solutions.4. VMWare ESXi takes virtualization higher and deeper with rich storage automation and more advanced virtual networking tools.5. VMWare ESXi allows dynamically to modify cpu, memory, disk and network configurations.6. VMWare ESXi hosts can be accessed using vsphere client as well as in browser.7. VMWare ESXi is good for production applications as well as for testing environment.8. 24*7 support is available from VMWare for all kinds of support issues.9. VMWare ESXi supports advanced features like state capture, live migration, high availability, dynamic resources etc.Cons:-1. License cost is little expensive.2. Free version allows server memory upto 32GB.Alternate Vendors:Oracle VM, Hyper-V, AWS !!Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best part of ESXi for us is the flexibility it gives us...be aware of VM sprawl and the associated license costs. Valuable Features:The best part of ESXi for us is the flexibility it gives us, we can spin up a new server in minutes, we can increase VM drive space live, we can perform maintenance on our infrastructure with minimal down time – we have a blade solution, and have the capacity to move VM’s to allow us to perform updates/upgrades to individual hosts during work hours with zero disruption to the business.Improvements to My Organization:Its allowed us to reduce the time needed to bring onboard new services. For example, we migrated from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010, the flexibility of running a virtualised environment allowed us to quickly build new servers to test, this is something that would have taken considerably longer using physical hardware, with VMware, we were able to tailor the system spec without having to scramble around for memory, drives CPU’s etc. This ultimately reduced the time to complete the migration.Room for Improvement:I’m keenly awaiting multi core Fault Tolerance, so I can have all our VM’s covered by FT – currently it’s only available for single core VM’s.Fault Tolerance is now available for multicore VM's, but, you;ll need to factor in how many cores the host has before rolling this out to the more powerfully specced VM's.Use of Solution:5 yearsDeployment Issues:None, we found VMware support really good.Stability Issues:None, we had a few teething issues which were mainly due to our lack of knowledge of the product when we first installed it.Scalability Issues:None at all, we can add hosts on the fly, we’ve expanded our SAN array from 1 to 3 shelfs without issue.Customer Service:We use VM and also a 3rd party for support – no problems have been encountered which were not resolvable.Technical Support:1st class – no complaints at all.Implementation Team:We had the implantation done via a reseller, what we did find was that the initial knowledge transfer of skills from the vendor to us was questionable (in that they came in and set it up, then really left us to it. This gave us a very steep learning curve at the outset.) If we did the project again, this is an area that I would focus on as part of the project, so that we were more comfortable with what we put in place. This doesn’t mean we had a negative experience, rather we were a little green to start with.Other Advice:I’d say, understand what it is you wish to achieve from the outset. Take into account growth, be aware of VM sprawl and the associated license costs – we were all happy to add servers left right and centre, we’ve now been through a server rationalisation process to bring our VM server count down a little. Make sure that your engineers are suitably trained and make sure that you have a good support contract in place – it gives you peace of mind!Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We're able to have all VMs use the ESXi and to move all blades without ever affecting the user experience. Valuable Features:The HA and DRS capabilities are great. Right now, we’re able to basically use the ESXi and move all the blades without the users ever knowing anything was different.Improvements to My Organization:Having all the VMs and everything work without the user experience being affected.Room for Improvement:That’s a hard question since I don’t know what new features there are in v6 other than single-user sign-on. I’m curious to see the release of v6 here, as I want to see how the client version works. I also want to get an overall view of how it works, as well as how well the mobile management works.Of course it has room for improvement, but it’s the best in the field as there’s not many better options.Stability Issues:It’s been very stable for us. I’m still on version 5.5, so one of the things I wanted to do is check out if 6 is worth upgrading to.Scalability Issues:We don’t have many users, and right now, it’s just me who's running this solution. For the VMs, we’ve been able to get requests from my internal customers to just improve on the sizes, and it works very, very well.Technical Support:I’ve had mixed results primarily because I’ve had issues that have dragged on for a while, but for the most part in terms of responsiveness and explanation they’ve been very good. Once I articulate my problem to them, they explain the steps to take next very well.Previous Solutions:We had lots of servers, and the costs were also huge. The cost was not only in buying hardware, but also looking at, in the data center, the footprint that we were taking up, and having to pay for all of that. Thus, we knew we needed to become more cost effective, and we were able to move from many locations into one server location in a chassis.Initial Setup:The environment that I manage now was set up about six years ago. We had an outsourcer (third-party) set it up since we wanted a professional to setup a new technology. He royally screwed it up, and we had to come back, completely rip it up, and restart. VMware had to help us get it back up to speed since that point.Other Solutions Considered:Capabilities, as we do a bake-off to essentially evaluate options. We look at multiple vendors, and see if they meet X and Y demands, and see who does it best.I have a list of things that I think I need, but it helps to see what others need and want as well. After seeing their pros and cons, we can reevaluate on what we need in our environment accordingly.VMWare was the vendor that won last time, nobody wanted Hyper-V. We looked at Hyper-V and VMWare only, and nobody wanted Hyper-V. VMWare delivered far better test results.Other Advice:Without explicitly saying look at VMWare, understand what functions you need in your products, look at different vendors and what they claim to provide, and then bring them in house to see if they deliver on their claims. They have to pass all of the tests that your company needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With its High Availability feature, it's become a standard hypervisor with our customers, though the VDI could use improvement. Valuable Features:* High Availability* Distributed Resource Scheduler* Site RecoveryImprovements to My Organization:It has allowed us to provide services to our customers more efficiently than ever. Combined with HP Cloudsystem Matrix, it has become standard with our customers.Room for Improvement:* VDI* Backup solutionUse of Solution:I've been using it for the past nine years, since v2.5 was released.Deployment Issues:Not really, just some tuning prior to release into production.Stability Issues:Not at all, this is by far one of the most reliable hypervisors to date.Scalability Issues:ESXi allows us to grow dynamically and with minimum downtime.Customer Service:9/10.Technical Support:8/10.Previous Solutions:I have used Hyper-V solutions that lack many high availability features, and the idea of being a Windows based hypervisor made them not so stable.Initial Setup:It was pretty much straightforward. It all depends on how deep you want to go with configuration.Implementation Team:We implemented it for our customers.ROI:From my position, it means lot less administration, and better ease of use. It also allows us to have fewer physical servers.Cost and Licensing Advice:Some may say it's not cheap, compared to Microsoft or Citrix, but when you master the solution, you realize its features are unique.Other Solutions Considered:We just looked at the different licensing options.Other Advice:I would encourage you to try this solution not just for Labs, but for production and DRP solutions. I know there are many others out there, and some very good ones, but VMware has been evolving in the right direction, and it is still the benchmark for all the others.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-08-19
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