vRealize Network Insight Review

For NSX deployment we no longer have to manually determine what is needed to microsegment VMs


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for the product is for preparing for NSX deployments, looking at flows between VMs, and to help us troubleshoot also.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us tremendously to be able to easily deploy NSX in our environment with microsegmentation. It has also helped us with time to value. It has helped with network visibility for sure.

What is most valuable?

NetFlow to help us understand how VMs communicate with each other over ports that are known and ports that are also unknown to us. Our company is a security company, so it's very important for us to know exactly which VMs are doing what at all times.

It's very intuitive and friendly to use. It's a very Google-like search, you just type in a VM name and it pops up with that information and you can look at all the flows right from the single pane of glass.

What needs improvement?

It's kind of hard (to come up with room for improvement) on an almost-perfect product. Room for improvement: Maybe a little more help in regards to when you're searching for something, give me little "help bubbles" about what those terms will help search for.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product itself is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have used tech support for vRNI for doing upgrades and for deployment considerations, and the experience was fantastic.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the original deployment. Very straightforward, very easy to deploy.

The upgrade experience for vRNI is probably one of the easiest out there. You enable a support tunnel, you let them know, and they do it all remotely, and it just works

What was our ROI?

The ROI for vRNI is, in my opinion, that it especially helps with deploying NSX, that you're not having to manually chase down and figure out what you need to do to microsegment VMs. This gives a nice option where you can say, "Hey, this VM, show me what flows are there." I can export it out and then import it as an NSX rule and job done.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There was nobody else on our shortlist when we chose vRNI.

What other advice do I have?

The rating for the product would be a nine because I don't know of anything that would be a ten. Nothing's perfect.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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