vRealize Network Insight Review

Provides deep visibility into what is happening with traffic and helps us manage our network


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for vRNI is to have an overall dashboard for east-west traffic in our hospital. It is used to catch anomalies, like system which are not being used or being overutilized. Its performance is great.

How has it helped my organization?

vRNI has improved our organization mostly through our NSX deployment. When we deployed NSX, we were able to watch the flows and create the rules which are normally unseen. When we are going through an application, we have a list of ports (allow or denied rules in NSX). With vRNI, we are able to watch what is happening. If something is not listed or spec'd out by the vendor, but still necessary, like interfaces or engines, we can catch them without causing downtime to the production application when we implemented NSX.

It definitely helps us manage our network. It provides that deep visibility into what is happening with traffic. You usually don't think of where your traffic is coming from (e.g., this server is connect to that server), but you have your authentication level and other flows that you never even think of. This product helps us with the visualization.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the vRNI is to be able to catch anomalies as they pop up. 

If we have a question about how something is being used, or not being used, we can go to vRNI, review it, finding systems that should have been decommissioned. They are just sitting there as unclaimed resources. 

vRNI is extremely user-friendly. Out-of-the-box, we can hook it up to our vCenter and our Cisco switches too. It will pull on the flows and immediately, within the first ten minutes, you can see the traffic. It is very intuitive. It will find the normal flows as it records the traffic. It is a very nice product.

What needs improvement?

vRNI needs more remediation where it hooks into NSX. This was just brought up at the keynote speech.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are totally stable. Out-of-the-box, it starts running day one. We have not had an issue so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As far as scalability, give vRNI disk space and it scales out.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have not used tech support with vRNI so far. 

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial installation. It was very straightforward and simple: Give it an OVA and IP address and point to the vCenter and switches. 

We have not gone through an upgrade process yet, but I don't think it will be an issue. We will see when we get there.

What about the implementation team?

Our NSX team helped us do the install in the beginning. So far, we haven't had any questions about it since the initial installation.

What was our ROI?

The solution has reduced the time that we spend on other products. For example, with NSX, we were able to quickly find things that we would normally spend days trying to figure out.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We never even a solution existed until we saw vRNI.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the vRNI a ten out of ten. It has given us value since day one. We can see more than before. This helps.

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