VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Review

An effective Resource Management tool with some performance lag issues


What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are:

  • Seeing how the actual servers are responding
  • CPU times
  • Memory times.

This allows us more scalability in terms of different applications in using specific servers.

How has it helped my organization?

Resource management. That's the biggest thing. We're not scaling solutions too much larger than what they actually should be. We can actually take back a lot of the memory with some of the solutions that we're not necessarily using overall. This kind of management is probably the most beneficial.

What needs improvement?

There is some performance lag, but that could be on our end.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Great. I haven't noticed anything.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I would say great. For different solutions, it allows us to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't. My company has though. I haven't heard anything negative with it. It's all been positive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were not using something else, but internally we were overscaling a lot of different solutions and we were getting criticism from upper-level management.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved.

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

Look into it heavily when researching similar products, especially if you're looking in terms of budgetary issues with different servers or how you're gonna scale something. It allows you to have pretty concrete data to show to your management.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn't a part of the decision-making process. I know VMware was one of the top choices.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure, and this solution does this, it touches on everything you want to see in a solution in terms of CPU memory. This is such an all-encompassing solution.

Someone that's willing to be a good partner with us. Someone who's responsive, and who when they set us up, or when we enter a partnership, they don't just disappear afterward.

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