vRealize Network Insight Review

Gives us insight into VM-to-VM communication, end-to-end transparency


What is our primary use case?

We use it to capture the logs from the network and then build and figure out the policies for microsegmentation. In addition, if anything goes down, it captures the logs.

We have it integrated with vCenter and NSX Manager. It captures the logs from there, and then it updates the logs. From there we can figure things out. Also, we can make a bubble and then we can figure out the grouping.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps a lot because, until now, we haven't had the tools to figure out the micro level, VM-to-VM kind of traffic; that was not in the current environment. We could not figure out VM-to-VM communication from the other tools. This is the tool which gives us end-to-end transparency.

It has helped reduce time to value. It helps us to troubleshoot, to know exactly where the problem is.

What is most valuable?

I like the automation part. For the network, it can capture the logs and we can do automation from there. We get all the logs whenever we want and it keeps the logs for a month or so, so we can just go in and figure out what the issue was, as much as one month back.

What needs improvement?

I want to see more in terms of microsegmentation. As of now, I can see the rules, but they are not in a readable format that I can convert to microsegmentation and can fit into NSX Manager. I'm looking for that kind of feature.

Also, while it is user-friendly for the virtual part, it is not as friendly for the physical part.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any outages, any crashes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are using about 400-plus hosts, so it is capable of a big scale. We haven't scaled up beyond that, but it is good.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very helpful.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not have a previous solution. We just implemented NSX recently, so we just installed vRNI along with that.

How was the initial setup?

For Network Insight, the setup is very straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell a colleague who is looking into this or a similar solution that vRNI is a great tool because, without it, it would be impossible to manage the operations part.

I rate vRNI at eight out of ten. For the other two points, I would need more regarding the microsegmentation part. It doesn't give me the clarity I want. It captures a lot, but it doesn't give complete clarity. That is something I am looking for.

When looking for a vendor, support is the main criteria.

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