IT Central Station’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias.
In the reviews quoted below, users share feedback on their favorite virtualization management tool.
Users from IT Central Station address questions such as:
Which software do users most helpful for addressing their cloud management needs?
How do these tools compare in terms of their cloud migration capabilities?
Rodney Barnhardt, Server\Storage Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees describes Turbonomics’s “Assure Service Performance” dashboard option as “the most useful item”;
“This option shows virtual machines that may need additional memory, CPU, or to be migrated to other storage to ensure performance. The product can be configured to do all of this automatically, but I like to have more control of the changes.
Plus, the way we have our storage configured, it is best that one of the admins selects which data store a machine is migrated to.”
Kasper H, Operation & Project Lead at a maritime company with 201-500 employees, suggests that improvements be made to Turbonomics’s reporting module:
“The reporting module has a very big potential, but really lacks pre-defined reports for all kinds of purposes. I often find that the report I need doesn't exist, even though I know the data for it is available.”
#2 vRealize Operations (vROps)
Michael Schmitt, Senior Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees, shares what he finds most useful in vROps:
“The most valuable features are probably the ability to use it to right-size, the reporting on oversized VMs, and items of that nature.
Obviously, it was designed with root-cause analysis in mind, so that's helpful. We've had some storage issues in the past and it was typically easy to help find latency and similar issues on data storage or a particular volume.
We use it for multiple things including, as I mentioned, obviously, performance, oversized VMs, and anything like that, to be able to actually bring resources back and re-provision them, so efficiency is getting there.”
Dan Field, Director of IT Global Voice and Data Networks at an energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees, suggests that improvements be made to vROps’s environment visibility capabilities:
“It's getting the visibility for all the different layers. From the application team to the infrastructure team, they need visibility into the operation of the environment and driving that visibility and troubleshooting to what we call "fell fast" – “fell fast” and recover, or back out and recover. Giving us that capability in alerting and mechanisms, which is not there now.
We deployed Vblock 720s, and I’d like vROps to further integrate with them. I know it pulls the data from Vision, but further integration of Vision would be really good.”
#3 Veeam ONE
Alessandro Mazzanti, IT Senior System Engineer, Data Integrity and IT Pharma Automation systems migration consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, praises Veeam ONE’s “historical reporting feature”:
“Veeam console is well integrated with Veeam Backup & Replication so, we can view, at the same time, backup health and disaster recovery replication between different sites. The historical reporting feature, gave us the ability to understand any weakness and possible strange behavior to be investigated.
In any case, we utilized Veeam One and B&R in conjunction with other monitoring software to have a complete and real time situation of our infrastructure (network devices, applicative problems etc).”
Grant Bacon, Enterprise Engineer / Virtualization Support at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees, shares that he “would like to see more drill-down and granular coverage of the compute stack and virtual infrastructure elements for Hyper-V.”
Bacon explains further that he is “comparing this to more features already available for VMware environments. I read that more features have now been added in version 9.5 and that the current ones have been enhanced.”
#4 vCenter Server
An Information System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees emphasizes that vCenter is “not only a management tool but also a performance tool;”
He elaborates that “vCenter provides a centralized management interface for ESXi hosts...It's easy for us to update hundreds of ESXi hosts in a few weeks. It helps us manage thousands of VMs.”
Rafiq Talaat, Chief Information Officer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees, suggests that improvements be made to vCenter Server’s data recovery capabilities:
“I would like to see data recovery responsible for the virtual machine snapshot. It is not reliable as the parent snapshot gets corrupted and the whole corresponding snapshots collapse.”
#5 SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Jeremy Mayfield, IT Director at a construction company with 51-200 employees, points to three main items that contribute to SolarWinds’s added value:
“The features like trends, capacity planning, recommendations, and diagnostics are the main items I focus on for added value. The trends help me when I am looking at how my VMs are performing.
There are times when we need more performance out of certain VMs. With trends and capacity planning, you can really focus on the items and help get a better picture of how you can move things around to streamline your infrastructure.”
A.J. DiLorenzo, Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees, finds that SolarWinds’s reporting features “could be improved”;
“The UI is a little cumbersome at first, but the more you use it and get accustomed to it, the simpler it becomes. It does leave a bit to be desired though.
I believe the reporting could be improved upon and some of the customization options could be simpler. The creation of custom reports and queries can be a bit challenging at first and can take some time to grasp. Once you get the hang of it, you will see the benefit and value add behind building custom reports.”