Does anyone have any experience with the latest vCenter Server Appliance? Is it stable? I had read previous versions had trouble with the embedded database becoming corrupt. Is performance as good as the standard Windows vCenter Server? I am getting ready to deploy 3 new hosts and am wondering whether to use the appliance or the Windows one. I know it does not support SQL or 3rd party plugins. But it seems to be gaining speed in becoming equivalent to the Windows vCenter Server.

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Based on your environment size I don't believe you will get performance issues, anyway before decide between appliance and Windows version, take a look at this KB article detailed limitations: VMware KB: Services bundled with vCenter Server Appliance


Richardson Porto
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Based on your requirement, vcenter appliance should work just fine for you.

vCenter appliance 5.5 maximum:

The embedded Database supports up to 100 hosts and 3000 virtual machines. This only applies to the internal Database. The external Database requires Oracle and supports up to 1000 hosts and 10000 virtual machines which is same as that of windows vCenter.

Refer this blog post for more useful details on vCenter 5.5 appliance:VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (vCSA) Limitations |

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