Turbonomic Review
The dynamic and autonomous optimization provided by Turbonomic virtual machine placement is impressive.


Valuable Features

The most valuable feature would have to be the out of box automation of VM placement. Without too much configuration, the dynamic and autonomous optimization provided by Turbonomic virtual machine placement is impressive.

With over 2500 ESX VMs, including 1500+ XenDesktop VDI desktops, hosted over two datacentres and 80+ vSphere hosts, firefighting has become something of the past.

All eight of our vCentre clusters happily run hot at 90+% utilization with n+1 redundancy.

Improvements to My Organization

With over two and a half years of Turbonomic in operation, we are now using the planner functionality for an ongoing datacenter consolidation project. The accuracy of our initial planner results again have been impressive, and this will allow us to project investment costs in detail and with confidence.

Room for Improvement

Since the introduction of a HTML 5 based interface, our main - but minor - criticism of a less than intuitive operation managers' GUI would be the area of improvement.

Use of Solution

Including a four month pre-sales led PoC, Turbonomic has been in production just under three years.

Deployment Issues

Some minor reporting related issues with our initial production versions, which were promptly resolved by Turbonomic support.

Stability Issues

No issues with stability, since we moved Turbonomic into production.

Scalability Issues

Again, we have not come across any issues here.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is very good and proactive, with the customer experience team keeping in touch regularly.

Technical Support:

With only some minor issues, technical support for us has been very good.

Previous Solutions

SolarWinds Virtualisation Manager, more of a reporting engine, and lacking any preventive optimization functionality.

We moved to Turbonomic for its performance automation. The included reporting and alerting ability is a nice to have, but more or less obsolete.

Initial Setup

The initial OVA based setup, including setting up one or two service accounts, took less than 20 minutes. I believe that our vSphere environment was discovered in less than an hour.

Implementation Team

After registering for an extended trial license, the implementation was done by our in-house team under continuous support from Turbonomic consulting.

ROI

As part of the implementation, Turbonomic provided our business with detailed ROI projections based on our "live" Turbonomic data. By now, cost savings, by guided hardware consolidation and freeing up engineering resources, are very favorable, as projected.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

What I can advise is to trial the product, taking advantage of the Turbonomic pre-sales implemention support and kickstart training.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, we ran a short trial of Dell Foglight for Virtualisation.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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