Anonymous UserLinux Platform System Administrator at a healthcare company
Anonymous UserCloud and Automation Manager at a comms service provider
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Ansible provides great reliability when coupled with a versioning system (git). It helps providing predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production."
"It has improved our organization through provisioning and security hardening. When we do get a new VM, we have been able to bring on a provisional machine in less than a day. This morning alone, I provisioned two machines within an hour. I am talking about hardening, installing antivirus software on it, and creating user accounts because the Playbooks were predesigned. From the time we got the servers to the actual hand-off, it takes less than an hour. We are talking about having the servers actually authenticate Red Hat Satellites and run the yum updates. All of that can be done within an hour."
"The DevOps for infrastructure capabilities has saved time for our developers by automating processes and reducing provisioning time. Task time has been reduced by 40 percent."
"vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions."
"We provided the ability to request virtual machines to our end users. Before, this was a very manual process, which took engineers to do. Now, it's an automated process."
"A lot of its DevOps for infrastructure capabilities improve reliability. Much effort was put in by some customers, like a large automobile manufacturer, a large telecom, and two large banks, to achieve a certain level of capabilities in this space. These DevOps for infrastructure capabilities have saved time for developers. In one use case for a large marketplace, a typical release cycle took about 80 hours and was brought down to three hours by automating deployment for developers. The quicker that deployments happen, the faster that they can do their product release cycles."
"Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components."
"Accessibility. Ansible uses a CLI by default. Those accustomed to it can find their way and adopt the YAML files easily over time. But, some users are more comfortable using UIs..."
"When you set up Playbooks, I may have one version of the Playbook, but another member of the team may have a different vision, and we will not know which version is correct. We want to have one central repository for managing the different versions of Playbooks, so we can have better collaboration among team members. This is our use case for using Git version control."
"They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements."
"The initial setup was complex from beginning to delivery. The current version is a bit more complex than version 7 to deploy."
"VMware needs to make it to where it is not as custom. Right now, you spend a lot of time making the services work. In order to get it up and running initially, that takes time."
"With the workflow aspect, which has manual intervention, a policy needs to be approved by somebody. There could be better management of that piece with better templates. It is like a workflow engine, but does not have enough example templates to do certain things. A lot of people waste a lot of time trying to figure out the same thing, and everybody is trying to figure out the same thing, e.g., how to make a MySQL cluster in a Windows environment?"
"It needs to be more dynamic with variable customization to make new workloads more reliable. It also needs to be faster. We are exploring vRA version 8 right now and maybe what I'm requesting is available in the new version, but we haven't yet explored it fully."
"Red Hat's open source approach was a factor when choosing Ansible, since the solution is free as of right now."
"From a budget point of view, the pricing is a bit on the higher side."
"It is pricey for what you get."
"Customers say this solution is costlier compared to its competitors."
"The pricing is very high."
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VMware vRealize Automation automates the delivery of personalized infrastructure, applications and custom IT services.
This cloud automation software lets you deploy across a multi-vendor hybrid cloud infrastructure, giving you both flexibility and investment protection for current and future technology choices.
Agility Through Automation
Automate the end-to-end delivery and management of infrastructure, and accelerate application deployment and releases.
Choice Through Flexibility
Provision and manage multivendor, multicloud infrastructure and applications by leveraging existing infrastructure, tools and processes.
Personalization Through Governance Policies
Ensure that users receive the right size resource or application at the appropriate service level for the jobs they need to perform.
Efficiency Through Cost Containment
Provide consistent, automated delivery and management of IT services and reduce time-consuming, manual processes. Reclaim inactive resources for reuse with automated reclamation, providing cost savings.
Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 3 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 5 reviews. Ansible is rated 9.0, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Its agentless, making the deployment fast and easy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Automated deployment for developers, saving time on their release cycles". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix, Red Hat Satellite, UrbanCode Deploy and Microsoft Azure DevOps, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, SaltStack, OpenShift and Nutanix Calm.
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