For most data center operations teams, it is pretty hard to get a comprehensive view of what’s going on in their IT ecosystem. Virtualization and cloud service abstractions have made cross-platform relationships between different layers of the IT stack more complex. Heterogeneous, hybrid environments are the norm. IT pros have found visibility to be the #1 challenge facing operations teams. VMware Blue Medora management packs aggregate operations data from the leading server, storage,compute and database applications into vRealize Operations for rich analytics and helped to achieve full stack view of the environment.
How has it helped my organization?
Using VMware vRealize Operations with Blue Medora TVS helped to centralize data center operations monitoring platform. By adding the True Visibility Suite, its helped to monitor applications, database, virtualization/cloud, compute, network and storage using one monitoring platform.
What is most valuable?
All the Blue Medora vROps management packs have features like:
True Visibility customers can see up to 50% reduction in time for root cause analysis.
Cleared up alert storms with built-in policies that disable alerts for your dev environment and other less-critical resources.
Increased tier I app availability up to 50% by pinpointing problems faster and more accurately with dependency-aware dashboards.
Were able to drill down to native-tool detail to find noisy.
What needs improvement?
One missing component was the integration of Log Insight and vRealize Business within vROps. But, with the new version of vROps (v6.5 & v6.6), this requirement was also met with, as the other products in vRealize Suite are now fully-integrated.
For how long have I used the solution?
More than five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
As such, no stability issues were experienced from vROps during deployment, configuration, and the collection of metrics and data into the platform.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The client decided to add an additional node to increase the capacity and resources within vROps analytics cluster so it could support the additional metrics collection process. You can scale vertically or horizontally.
How are customer service and technical support?
I have received excellent support from VMware & Blue Medora support team.
How was the initial setup?
Yes, Engineered by Blue Medora and validated by VMware, the True Visibility Suite included an extensive knowledge portal and includes 24/7/365 individualized technical support
What about the implementation team?
It was implemented in-house
What was our ROI?
By using vROps plus Blue Medora TVS you can Maximize Performance, Minimize Investment Reduce the IT tools, eliminate silos and boost IT productivity by up to 67%.
• Deploy in minutes without additional services or expertise. • Maintain performance, reduce administration with agentless design.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The True Visibility Suite is available in three editions: Standard, Advanced and Enterprise. These packages align with the various infrastructure teams, and offer a convenient way to pick the best package that applies, without being tethered to just one vendor or device type.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
There were a couple of options that we considered, like Microsoft SCOM and SolarWinds, but the level of monitoring and dashboard visibility wasn’t there.
What other advice do I have?
Conduct workshops and capture monitoring requirements at a high level; document and understand the customer's requirements.
Study the customer’s infrastructure, as it will be useful during the implementation stage.
Align the customer's requirements, so that all the required systems are monitored in the vROps platform.
Work out the network firewall rules that are required to configure vROps.
Use the vROps sizing guidelines and sizing guide spreadsheet prior to vROps deployment.
Deploy the remote collectors for bigger environments as it puts less load on the analytics cluster.
Post deployment of vROps, you should create a full-stack relationship dashboard, as it helps to identify issues at various tiers in a typical 3-2-1 type environment.
Make use of role-based user account management.
Avoid taking snapshots or backups of vROps nodes during DT window.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?
Which version of this solution are you currently using?
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: VMware and Blue Medora are Technology Alliance Partners. VMware is also an investor in Blue Medora.
More VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) reviews from users
The most valuables features are the collection of assets, security, and configuration data settings from each networked virtual environment in the system.
The tool helped the organization in all monitoring tasks when being delivered as a service for customers helps them to generate early alarm templates, being a cloud service provider is delivered as part of the IaaS to generate memory consumptions processing and storage additionally can be configured parameters such as networking and services that are configured on virtual machines.
One of the most attractive features in vROps is collecting information, logs, and events and, after that, providing proactive predictions about usage of resources. vROps also offers recommendations. For example, in the next two months we might face problems with CPU usage. vROps predicted and forecasted these issues in advance. That's a very useful feature.
It has been helpful around capacity planning, which we traditionally did on a yearly basis. However, since last year, I started using vROps to reclaim and save more resources. It has been helpful along those lines.
The most valuable feature is the ability to check the right-sizing of a machine because that way I can assign the real resources that are needed.
The capacity planning is one of the most valuable features. That is brilliant.
One of the best features is the monitoring. It gives you proactive recommendations, based on the information that you have. It recommends changes. For example, if an ESX service is heavily loaded, it will tell you to make some changes, such as storage optimizations. Every tool does monitoring, but this one gives you more proactive monitoring, with the recommendations and actions that are needed.