EDIT: According to some Veeam people, Veeam replication is supported on ESXi. I guess the issue is only on the vRanger end. Also just because something is 1st party doesn’t mean it is better. I appreciate the feedback and it was a little naive of me to just assume that vSphere 5 replication would be incredible at release.
I took a second look at what I wrote about software replication a while ago.
Is 3rd party replication long for this world? ESXi is still not supported for replication on vRanger and apparently ESXi replication is only supported as a source for Veeam replication (Not sure as I don’t use it currently). Maybe this will change soon, but all the big moves to de-emphasize ESX by VMware is throwing any reliance on vRanger/Veeam replication into question.
vRanger Replication’s future: http://communities.quest.com/message/12287
A quick google for vSphere 5 turns “Host-based replication in vSphere 5”. That’s the trouble with developing a product that works on top of another vendor’s product. If your idea is good enough, they’ll just take it.
At least in the case of Microsoft, they’ll take your idea and implement it so poorly that it only competes on price. Working with the vanilla MS remote desktop left a lot to be desired compared to XenApp and View.