What is most valuable?
We have found the automation for moving VMs optimally to be much better than VMware DRS. We have also rebalanced our storage platform using the recommended storage moves. This has improved performance and capacity use across hosts and storage.
Cluster Capacity Dashboards have been a huge benefit towards capacity planning and scaleout reviews
The planner element of the product is fantastic for host replacement planning and allowing the rightsizing of our disaster recovery (DR) provisioning.
How has it helped my organization?
We now have a more robust capacity request process within the department, and over the past 18 months, we have put on hold a scale out of physical hosts at both our primary datacenter and DR. This has saved the trust 1000s in new hosts and more than paid for the solution many times over.
What needs improvement?
The planner can be complex to complete.
For how long have I used the solution?
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
How are customer service and technical support?
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager was our previous product. This solution was slow, overly complex and its impact limited in terms of what it was capable of doing.
How was the initial setup?
Very straightforward and the technical team walked us through all we needed to configure.
What about the implementation team?
In-house, as it was very straightforward.
What was our ROI?
This year, we have probably saved around £24,000 on new host scaleouts.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
We pay a subscription model, which more than pays for itself each year.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Yes, we used SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.
What other advice do I have?
As a manager of a large complex critical healthcare infrastructure, this product has been a huge benefit to me and my team. It is the go to solution for troubleshooting and decision-making regarding our VMware-based datacenters.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Nov 20 2017