VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Review

It has the ability to deploy heavy workloads quickly

Video Review:

What is most valuable?

  • Automation
  • Ability to deploy heavy workloads quickly
  • Ease of use and the flexibility

What needs improvement?

  • Ability to mimic more VCD functionality.
  • Ability to share blueprints among tenants, or have a master blueprint repository, so you don't have to move the stuff between tenants. That's probably the number one feature.
  • Improve functionality that we're looking for longterm.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. It works well. It is easy to use once it's deployed, and is also easy to deploy.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're starting small, but we see the ability to scale quickly and easily.

How is customer service and technical support?

It's very good. I noticed with vRA, they are starting to ramp up more support. It started off slow, but it seems to be getting better.

How was the initial setup?

Early on with version 6, it was very complex. When 7 was released, it was easier. Now, with 7.3 and cloud foundations (and everything), it's a lot easier.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor:

  1. Reputation.
  2. Support, reliability, and longevity of the company.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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