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Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Lead Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 06 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like the most about vRA: Its seamless ability for users to be able to go pick a catalog item that we have created for them, while they are testing a new version of their code and say, "Okay, I want you to make my old version (based on... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has made our developers be a bit more agile, instead of like old days, where it was, "Okay, we need a new environment, I've got to spin up the whole thing for them." Now, it's, "Hey, if you need a new environment, go to this URL, click... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things we saw in the initial phase was our integration with our development domains, where if we want to have more than one domain tied to it with users, we're seeing that as a struggle. However, VMware has said, some of these... more»
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Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

Right now, we’re primarily just using it for monitoring. However, based on a VMworld session I attended, we’re looking at using it for enhancing our efficiency and to guarantee performance; make sure we can use vROps recommendations to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We’d recently done a business transformation. We’re in healthcare. We deliver software-as-a-service for the province of Saskatchewan. Recently, we’ve expanded our business to infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, those kinds... more»

What needs improvement?

I’d like to see the ability to monitor more stuff we’re actually looking at vROps to pull in data from. I guess there is already a lot of stuff it can capture, but I’m actually pushing to use vROps as our managers’ manager. I’d like to pull... more»
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Business Solutions Architect at TTX Company
Sep 12 2016

What is most valuable?

The product is valuable - when we start virtualizing everything, specifically in the compute stack – for looking at the health of the ecosystem. It is very difficult to pinpoint your challenges in terms of performance. It also helps... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For example, we can actually proactively monitor and anticipate server sprawl, or capacity depletion. We can actually see that coming before it arrives. We can head off issues such as saturation of resources in any particular host, aberrant... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things about vROps is that, it's very robust. If you want to set up a notification, it's very, to me, involved. If they can streamline some of that through orchestration into what you’re trying to do with setting up alerts and... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to customize your own portal. We've gotten to the point now where we've used it to create this whole environment for users to be able to self-provision their own machines and get them into networks. We have a very large number of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to do everything manually. Up until just a few months ago, we used to have little reviews where, if they wanted a VM, they would come to us, tell us what they wanted, then someone on the team would actually submit the vRA form in an... more»

What needs improvement?

Since I haven't been able to get as far into version 7, I haven't actually gotten into the guts of it, I don't know if this taking place already. But perhaps more blueprints of common tasks that are already there, so you have more of a place... more»
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Real User
Converged Infrastructure Lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

One of the things I really liked was being able to use the projects feature, which lets me say that I know in August or September or October, I'm going to need to deploy 20 more VMs on a particular cluster. Am I going to have the capacity for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've been at my company for seven months, and there's no monitoring. They have no monitoring. That's going to be the big thing. Dashboards can be set in front of operational people and then we'll actually be able to respond both proactively... more»

What needs improvement?

It is a beast to deal with. To understand it, really takes effort. Several of us have been to a week of VMware classes, and that didn't even scratch the surface. There's so much there. I suppose if there was a nice get-started guide, that’d... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Manager, FIS Server Computing at University of Pittsburgh
Nov 24 2016

What is most valuable?

Currently, the most valuable features of the product are monitoring, capacity management and planning; things of that nature. We run a SCCM and SCOM. We took all of that and piped it in the back-end. That took a good amount of time; a couple... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits for us, because we're mostly virtualized, it's getting everything under one hood. That's probably the biggest thing for us. It has most definitely helped us avoid outages or shortened outage time. I think that with forecasting... more»

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see more customizable things, more management packs; the ability to not have to customize the portals and do everything so ad-hoc. If they built more frames and shells into it so that you could deploy things easier and get it... more»
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SaltStack
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IT Support at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Sep 20 2016

What is most valuable?

The initial learning curve is low. I had a working configuration building fairly complex proprietary Internet servers within a couple of months, well before the rest of our server team was ready for production builds. The developers are very... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have developed a complete, multi-tiered, stable build system for our Internet servers with SaltStackas the base of the build system. It is stable and easy to modify as we grow and change our needs.

What needs improvement?

We currently use the Salt Cloud module for integration with Amazon Web Services, but I would like to see more integration with AWS, specifically an ability to stably control an ever-expanding and contracting cloud of EC2 instances in a sane... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Systems Engineer at UF Health
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is being able to see what's actually going on, down to the VMware storage level. And the fact that it can give you a suggested change and it'll explain why. The most common thing we see is that we've got too many... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Probably the most common benefit is catching problems. It has a view where it shows you a hot spot that starts turning red and you're see there's an issue. It also shows trends, so you can see how long it has been going on and other things... more»

What needs improvement?

Even though we don't have the full license for the full vRealize automation and some automation is already built in, I’d like to see them expand that and make it a little easier to use. Also, it is very CPU intensive. It's hitting the... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 13 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are historic trending and showing outliers; being able to determine if something is operating differently than it has normally operated in the last six months or even the last week.

What needs improvement?

We don't use it as much as I'd like, mostly because it's a little too heavy for what we have time to do with. vROps works best when somebody has it open 24 hours a day, is sitting in front of it, actively monitoring the heat maps and everything that's going on, and has the time to adjust all of the policies, so that when your operation is normal, you don't have... more»
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Densify
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 15 2017

What is most valuable?

There a lot of good features. One would be the automatic rebalancing of the environment. That was one feature which helped. With that, we could improve our efficiency of our VMware infrastructure. The second thing is analyzing the workload... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Densify works basically on the VMware infrastructure optimization and we have the VMware infrastructure in place. Our motive was to perform at capacity management, as well as the optimization of our infrastructure. So, in that sense, Densify... more»

What needs improvement?

Initially we talked about some custom reporting, wherein our customer expected certain reports on a few areas, like how the storage is allocated, how the network performance is doing, and how the network utilization is happening for a virtual... more»
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Real User
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 24 2018

What is most valuable?

vRA provides that single pain of glass for our cloud tenants to deploy, monitor, access, and manage their VMs/guest operating systems. vRA allows a cloud service provider to quickly build out a web portal front-end interface that easily... more»

How has it helped my organization?

vRealize Automation is improving the way we host and serve up our fully hosted private cloud solutions as a cloud service provider. It has created efficiencies in how we deploy, manage, monitor, and develop within the service. It provides... more»

What needs improvement?

Most of the areas for which there was room for improvement are being covered in the latest 7.4 release which will include all new workflows for additional management of a customer’s cloud and infrastructure, directly from the Web portal... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Capacity & Performance Senior Specialist at a health, wellness and fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

One of the key things is the ability to integrate data from other sources. That's always a huge issue. I'll give an example: We've got an issue in an Oracle database. We go to the Oracle database team to get data from the Oracle management... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the things we're going to look at is experimenting with the integration with DRS. In fact, I attended a session at a conference on that. We're looking at integrating it with our Citrix XenApp environments; we currently have somewhat of... more»

What needs improvement?

You can always improve the type of data you can merge in, but there's nothing that we're missing at the moment from it. I'm sure as we dig deeper into it, we'll start finding room for improvement. The reporting can always be improved. The... more»
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Real User
Database & Flexcube System Administrator at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important, of course, is the monitoring feature, because we want to monitor the host and the databases. Of course, that you can manage and create the backup strategies from a central environment for all your environments, so you... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using Enterprise Manager, I was able to create user profiles for all the instances that have the same profile. Secondly, it's easier to manage performance, to automate the AWR reports to run every half an hour, or hour. Then, if you have a... more»

What needs improvement?

Because all our banking infrastructure is based on Oracle, I’ve tried to register Enterprise Manager on the middleware level, let's say, WebLogic applications. But I cannot say that I can do all the administration from Enterprise Manager,... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Virtualization Engineer at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 13 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the fact that it understands what is normal for a workload and alerts only if you go outside the given boundary. It knows if a workload spikes at the end of the month, that doesn't mean it has to alert, because if... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's a great troubleshooting tool. If you have enough management packs in it, you can see the entire supply chain all the way from storage to compute. It helps you see where exactly, potentially the problem is happening. Of the newest... more»

What needs improvement?

I think they need to make the UI a little bit more simplistic. It can be a little overwhelming for people who have never used the tool before. For someone who is using these products, you can find things very easily once you're in the UI, but... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Network Administrator/Storage Specialist at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 12 2016

What is most valuable?

In comparison to the other management suite that we tried, StrataCloud (which started out as Reflex), vROps has a very quick heads-up display that is nicely concise on what's going on in the environment. It shows the overall health of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have another management platform installed in another one of our clusters, for a different department. When we get help ticket calls and I have to use that other platform, it seems to take me forever to actually drill down to what the... more»

What needs improvement?

Personally, from what I've seen, I think what I'd like to do is get the inside log added to it now for an even deeper drill down into what's going on in the environment. Based on what I saw at VMworld, I think I might be missing stuff. I... more»
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Turbonomic
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Real User
System Administrator at UL Workplace Health & Safety
Aug 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The biggest value I'm getting out of VMTurbo right now is the complete hands-off management of equalizing the usage in my data center. VMTurbo distributes all of my VMs equally across all of my hosts. I don't ever have to think about when a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefits for me is a lot of time savings. I don't have to care and feed for each individual VM, and make sure that the environment's balanced just the right way. Also, I'm able to see which of my applications are taking more cycles,... more»

What needs improvement?

The one point is the reporting. We do have reports out of it, but they're not the level of graphical detail I would like. One of the reasons we went with VMTurbo was because we wanted to replace vCOPS. We weren't getting the level of... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Network Server Analyst Senior
Sep 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance analytics, when we are troubleshooting performance issues. It's good to have insight into special metrics like CPU ready time, latency, network utilization. Otherwise, you're kind of like shooting in the dark, guessing what... more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a conservative aspect, we can use the data to, for example, for purchase decisions. If someone asks for something and they are not using it, we're taking it back. So from a full-cost perspective or a show-back perspective, we are able to... more»

What needs improvement?

My number one request personally would be self-healing. So if there is an issue with the appliance, we should alerted and it should be clear as day. When you log in you get all these dashboards, everything looks really cool. But those... more»
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Densify
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The features and capabilities which we are using right now that are driving the most value are the analytics within the public cloud. If we go out and optimize workloads internally, we get greater density, more use out of our assets, but... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of reducing risk, the way the product works is that it pulls in utilization data and then based on the analytics coming out of product, will give us recommendations. We'll then review those recommendations, validate them, and we vet... more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of integration, the tool has great data. However, it's not always meaningful because the true business attributes of how most Fortune 500 companies operate are not maintaining in one tool, they're in a school of many tools. I would... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Manager II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 29 2016

What is most valuable?

The tool really gives our VM admins the ability to dig deep into the VMs and really get a feel for what's going on. That's really a gap that we had prior to this product. Application teams would claim performance issues, etc. Our team really... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us quicker time to resolution. If we're in an outage situation, our teams can quickly get in there and identify whether it is a storage issue, a network issue, or a compute issue. It gives them the ability to discover that pretty... more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest gap that we have today is that it doesn't integrate with our ticketing system. We get alerts out of the system in an email but those aren't actionable alerts. We actually did another professional service engagement with VMware to... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Sr. System Administrator at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

I guess the faults, the alerts, are the most valuable feature; being able to see what could become a problem when I'm running out of virtual machine capacity, and definitely the faults, as far as whether there any issues with the VM storage,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have a dashboard now; I set up dashboards for the help desk team. They are able to look at the dashboard and see right away if there's a VM issue, or whether it’s an actual guest OS issue or an application issue. I think that's the easiest.... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better built-in policies, so when you deploy an environment, you are able to apply policies that are more realistic for a production environment. That would definitely be a nice release. They do have some policies now... more»
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