Not that I work for VMWare
But am heavily invested in it for work. There seems to be several inaccuracies..
RE: making up mind about web client.
The web client is a progression. It is a huge improvement over earlier web clients, and the products you cite (SRM & VUM) haven't had any updates yet to take advantage of the web client. There are alternatives to VUM that are much easier for the core functionality now (CLI esxi depot actions). They are working on getting everything working with the web client, but it takes time. There are so many 3rd party plugins that need to update as well.
RE: Mac client not working.
We are a pure Mac shop, and welcomed the web client working very well on Mac. We have no problems running the web client on Mac with full console on all products.
Needing the heavy client for individual machine interaction is required, but generally this is an extreme debugging situation, not required for any normal work flow?
vCD has a huge learning curve, but then again, so does AWS. It has gotten a lot better in 5.5 vs. earlier versions. I'm not sure of the struggles with vClient vs. vCD. Once you launch things in vCD the vCenter client will tell you not to mess with those items that vCD is managing, so you would have had to press on ignoring the warnings to not mess with things and done so to make vCD angry about something. That said, you can do many normal operations to vCD objects in vCenter, I've never actually reached a state of vCD being angry about anything I did to its objects in vCenter???
That includes migrations, pushing in ISOs, etc. But, not messing with memory/cpu/disk/networks.
That is what vCD wants to manage, and all management should be done in vCD for those.
It seems integrated quite nicely to me, and vCenter will tell you not to mess where you shouldn't be.
There is a vCD appliance as well (for trials, not production class certified).
There are also puzzling remarks that makes me wonder how much experience your reviewer has.
Addition of native Active Directory.
Since vCenter was on Windows before, it had full Active Directory? This only relates to the vCenter appliance, and the first release version could do Active Directory via LDAP, while 5.5 added native AD. So you are talking about one product, one version that had to resort to LDAP..
Support for 62TB VMDKs.
I guess I don't see the need for this in regular enterprise work, anything larger than 2TB would have been a LUN off your enterprise storage anyway?
Hot-plug support for PCIe SSD devices.
How often does your review hot-add storage into PCIe cards? Seems like a very rare feature to me, I'm not sure in what circumstances I'd even be hot-adding SSDs modules into a PCIe card.
yes, VMWare sales and licensing have their issues, but overall, they are moving in the right direction, and progressively fixing many of the past transgressions.