2 Replies Latest reply on May 13, 2020 10:03 PM by IRIX201110141

    Alternatives to ESXI (if I have no choice)

    jantypas Novice

      This should be lively discussion...  let me get a couple of things out of the way....


      • I've been with VMWare products for a LONG time, back when VMWare was VMWare, not EMC, not Dell.
      • I have workstation pro, fusion, ESXI etc.  I like them.
      • What I do not have, is budget for VSphere and friends, especially under the new licensing.


      So the question is this.  Given ESXI 7's tactics that say hardware is too old to run ESXI, buy a new server, and server budgets and software budgets are not the same, though VMWare doesn't seem to know this.... consider the scenario. 


      2 ESXI servers

           12 core / 64GB RAM

           16 core, 128GB RAM

            85% of the time, VMs are linux

            10% of the time, VMs are BBD, pfSense, etc.

              5% at best, Windows 10 Pro


      If you could not use ESXI or any other VMWare product, what would you load these servers with?  What about the workstation component?  Are we talking Xen, Docket, what?

      I don't want to leave VMWare, everything works right now, but financials may make the choice for me.