Turbonomic Review
We have been able to recover significant headroom by utilizing Turbonomic's measurements.


What is most valuable?

The most important feature to us is an objective measurement of VM headroom per cluster. In addition, the ability to check for the right-sizing of VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to recover significant headroom by utilizing Turbonomic's measurements. Moreover, there is no need for any in-house reporting to check capacity.

What needs improvement?

Turbonomic's product is the best I have seen at calculating headroom when compared with our original in-house calculations. However, the current versions do not split out headroom by component nor do they indicate where the capacity bottleneck lies (e.g. CPU, memory, or storage).

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this product for close to a year now.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment was very smooth and we are not even using the appliance. We are using the application on RHEL 7.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have yet to encounter any problems with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have multiple vCenters so we did have to break out our initial Turbonomic implementation into multiple Turbonomic instances.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Their customer service is very responsive and they have been following up with us since we bought the product.

Technical Support:

I get accurate answers quickly. I would have to rate it higher than most support organizations.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using an in-house toolset. There were primarily two reasons for the change:

  1. Remove the need for special in-house knowledge and development.
  2. Use a product that is recognized in the industry to increase transparency and confidence in our capacity calculations.

How was the initial setup?

Very simple. If you can run "yum" and follow a one-page document you can install this product.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented with an in-house team after a week of onsite training at Turbonomic's office.

What was our ROI?

The break-even point is probably after less than a year. We calculate we will continue to save money year over year by using this product; even more so as we start implementing more features.

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

You should understand the cost of your physical servers and how much time and money you are spending year over year on expanding your virtual farm.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used and tried other products before. Turbonomic is the best for two main reasons: Simplicity and accuracy.

Many products provide tons of information. It's impressive, but superfluous. Turbonomic provides you the information you need - and can provide more - but the dashboards are simple and easy to understand.

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

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