vRealize Network Insight Review

Gives us much better insight into how we're deploying and how we perform after we deploy


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for tracking flows within the data center and it has worked very well.

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us much better insight into how we're deploying and how we perform after we deploy. It has also definitely helped to reduce time to value, and definitely helped provide deep visibility.

We tend to rely on vROps for the monitoring aspect, the performance piece of it, but that's because we're particularly focused on capacity right now. I expect to run the two in parallel when we're in a more operational model, where I will have the day-to-day folks deeply involved. Right now, it's still primarily run by engineers.

What is most valuable?

What's valuable to us is the ability to get a view into the virtual space, which is something we haven't had before. Before, it was done by collecting from network endpoints and extrapolating into the virtual environment. Now it's coming directly from the virtual environment.

It's intuitive and user-friendly. It makes perfect sense to somebody familiar with the VMware world.

What needs improvement?

In a very general way, I would like to see an improvement in interoperability with third-party product, from other vendors.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues at all with stability. It has been solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is still untested by us.

How are customer service and technical support?

The team has used technical support, although I am not familiar with the outcomes. We've generally been happy with VMware support across the board, so I can't imagine the experience has been different for this product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We came to the conclusion that we needed to invest in a new solution by working with the VMware team. It was not an impulsive decision by any means.

What was our ROI?

The best ROI is "sane deployments." It's not intuitive, but it has actually helped us keep the number of deployments down, and we definitely get placement right the first time much more often.

What other advice do I have?

If you're VMware shop, investigate this deeply because it makes sense to live in the ecosystem.

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