Turbonomic Review

Enables us to reduce our ESX cluster size and save money on our maintenance and license renewals

What is our primary use case?

We do vMotion through VMware. We let Turbonomic control our vMotion. We do server rightsizing and capacity management with it.

How has it helped my organization?

With Turbonomic, we were able to reduce our ESX cluster size and save money on our maintenance and license renewals. It saved us around $75,000 per year but it's a one-time reduction in VMware licensing. We don't renew the support. The ongoing savings is probably $50,000 to $75,000 a year, but there was a one-time of $200,000 plus.

It also saved human resource time and the cost involved in monitoring and optimizing our state by 25%.

What is most valuable?

Rightsizing is the most valuable feature because it helps with our capacity management and server density so that we are always optimized. 

Turbonomic provides specific actions that prevent resource starvation. It'll tell us if a server is overpowered or over-provisioned so that we can recover resources. And on the same note, it'll tell us if a server is under-provisioned and we need to add resources to it to help the performance.

It also provides us with a single platform that manages the full application stack. This was the secondary reason we went with Turbonomic. The primary reason was for the server optimization.

In my organization, optimizing application performance is a continuous process that is beyond the human scale. We're always looking to better optimize the environment.

We use Turbonomic's automation mode to continuously assure application performance by having the software manage resources in real-time for sizing-up. Sizing down is a manual process.

Turbonomic handles on-prem, virtualization, and storage. Turbonomic understands the resource relationships at each of these layers and the risks to performance for each. As far as we can tell, they are risk-averse. So they put controls in so that you don't cause outages. It makes the operations more secure.

We do a piece of automation in real-time, scheduling them for change windows, or manual execution for implementing Turbonomic actions. The vMotions are automation, the rightsize up is done automatically, and the rightsize down is during change windows.

We do the automation piece so that it is continuously rightsizing how many VMs are on a host for best performance, same with increasing resources on a VM to make sure application performance is where it should be. And then we do change control for the rightsize down because it requires a reboot.

The fact that Turbonomic shows application metrics and estimates the impact of taking a suggested action gives us a window into seeing what will happen if we do make the change. So it provides better visibility.

Turbonomic provides a proactive approach to avoiding performance degradation. That's what rightsizing does. It continuously optimizes so there are fewer application performance issues.

We have seen a 20% reduction in tickets opened for application issues.

Using Turbonomic does it all-in-one versus the approach of using monitoring and threshold to assure application performance. Sometimes your monitoring tool does not do the optimization as well.

What needs improvement?

The GUI and policy creation have room for improvement. There should be a better view of some of the numbers that are provided and easier to access. And policy creation should have it easier to identify groups.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Turbonomic for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any issues, it's pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've been able to add resources or things for it to look at without any issues so far. So there haven't been any scalability issues.

We are monitoring 3,000 workloads with Turbonomic.

There are two systems engineers who use it. In terms of maintenance, it only requires software updates. 

We may do some more integration with other applications like AppDynamics, but the platform itself, we've integrated it completely.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've had great success with their support. They have good response times and willingness to engage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It's point and click. You install the VM and point it to your environment and it starts working.

The initial deployment took a couple of hours. 

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI in cost reductions and savings. That directly applies to the cost we pay for Turbonomic licensing.

Our ROI is positive when it comes to the assurance of application performance in your company. It's a benefit for us.

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

Pricing is pretty straightforward. We haven't seen any major increases in it. It's a flexible model.

There aren't additional costs to the standard license. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at VMware vRealize. The big difference between vRealize and Turbonomic is integration. It's easier to integrate Turbonomic than it is vRealize. There are more components to install.

What other advice do I have?

It's a worthwhile investment, at least to get it, get some sort of trial installed to see because it'll give you recommendations as to what it can do and it'll allow you to determine if it will help your environment or not.

There were many things that could be optimized in our environment that we did not know about before.

I would rate Turbonomic an eight out of ten.

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