vRealize Network Insight Review

Made migration to NSX much easier, micro-segmentation would not have occurred without it


What is our primary use case?

We mostly use it for profiling applications. It works quite well.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made the migration to NSX much easier. Most of the sys admins within the smaller silos, they have no idea what ports are needed to run their stuff at all. I am pretty sure the micro-segmentation would never, ever have occurred without it.

What is most valuable?

  • The profiling of the applications for micro-segmentation.
  • The alerting is quite nice.

It's user-friendly. It's not super intuitive. It's a rather complicated program. It's networking, and networking is relatively complicated. But it does a really good job of displaying the relationships between things.

What needs improvement?

They can always build upon it and add more stuff, but as it stands right now, it's perfectly fine.

I would like to see application identification. That would be cool.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I've never had any issues with it. It's up and running all the time.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I've not had to try scaling it at all. The standard sizing, so far, has been more than sufficient.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been responsive. The response has always been immediate. Whether or not they've fixed it immediately is a different story. Most of the things I've come to them with have needed some investigation and took a week or so.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was trivial.

I have had the opportunity to upgrade it to a newer version several times. It has actually improved over time. It's much easier now. You can now just upgrade with the GUI. A single click of a button and off it goes. Before, you had to download all the packages and then manually SFTP them to the server and manually hit the install.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was really the only solution that provided the features that we were looking for.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is whether or not we think they're going to survive for more than the next license cycle.

I would rate this solution a strong nine out of 10. It would be a 10 if it were free.

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