VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Review

It is stable and works fine with the exception of integration with public clouds and multi-tenant data centers

What is our primary use case?

We use it mainly for cloud automation with private cloud solutions. It works fine with the exception of integration with public clouds and multi-tenant data centers.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been pretty successful for many of my customers so far.

vRA is user-friendly. It has the same layout and walk-through GUI, similar to other VMware products.

What is most valuable?

  • Orchestration
  • Out-of-the-box integration with Database-as-a-Service
  • Storage-as-a-service
  • Backup-as-a-service

What needs improvement?

More integration and out-of-the-box use cases would be nice.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable, especially for high availability features.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has some limitations for scalability, especially for remote data center management. For some components, everything need to be centralized.

How is customer service and technical support?

We only used tech support during the PoC and design phases, but they were good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex. There are too many components to integrate, especially when we integrated with different storage types and backup vendors. All the integration made it more complex.

We haven't upgraded yet.

What other advice do I have?

If the use case matches, it is the perfect product for you.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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