CloudBolt Review

Great for maintaining control and insight across various cloud platforms

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this product is for a mixed set of services, including providing IT, multi-cloud management, single pane of glass control panel, providing metering and charge-back capability, role-based access control, and other things. It's a long list. My focus specifically is with regard to the data center and cloud. Enterprise businesses are using this solution. 

We use this solution ourselves as well as for our clients. We're a partner with CloudBolt and I am a solution specialist/product manager of cloud and data center services.

How has it helped my organization?

The product takes care of a hybrid cloud environment and it helps me maintain control and insight across various cloud platforms. With regard to the application blueprint, if I'm able to create that using the platform then they are cloud agnostic, so I don't need to create different blueprints for different cloud providers. I just need to create one blueprint and I can select the target cloud myself. 

What is most valuable?

The VMware feature is pretty valuable. The role-based access control is valuable. The application blueprinting is something which is really helpful. And the wide support of the cloud provider is something which has also been really helpful. The number of integrations which the product provides out of the box is really helpful.

What needs improvement?

For improvements, I would say that they could maybe increase the number of integrations and add more out-of-the-box work flows and possibly a new or improved user interface. They would all be features that would improve the solution. Currently, the interface is quite good, but an improved one would be better. With regard to billing and charge back, I would really want the platform to have some of those capabilities.

Integration should definitely be included as an additional feature. An advanced level or an enhanced user interface and maybe a good set of new application blueprint out-of-the-box, which any customer can download and use, would be helpful additions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for the last eight months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is quite good and it's helped by the support provided by the team members.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is quite good. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. 

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward. Deployment took about two hours and required one person to implement. We have about four or five people dealing with maintenance. I carried out the deployment and there are about 15 people in the company using the solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are no extra costs aside from the licensing cost. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were analyzing a couple of solutions and switched to CloudBolt. The features and capability of CloudBolt were one of the major reason for switching. We looked at VMware vRealize, and Cisco CloudCenter was another potential option. Those are the major ones. We were looking for different possibilities for our customers and I wanted to get into the features and understand how both of the tools works so we could complete a comparative analysis. 

What other advice do I have?

The documentation provided on this solution is quite easy to follow and what they provide is enough to be able to deploy the solution. 

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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