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:
"Upgrades are very simple as well because they've allowed us to get updates directly in the CloudCenter Suite manager. If you need to do an upgrade to your setup afterward, you just push a button and it rolls out the parts and retires the old ones. It's seamless and very simple compared to what we've done before."
"The initial setup is fairly straightforward if you have a basic setup."
"Cisco has a lot of published information and documentation that helps users understand the product and its offering very well."
"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."
"The improvement I would like to see is not one thing particular to CloudCenter. I'd say it's more of a message that the system is still using a lot of the different products and if they would all just fit better together, they all could be faster together."
"I'm not a big fan of CloudCenter. I don't have anything against it, however, the on-premise version has been so hard to upgrade and maintain."
"For many clients, the main problem with the solution is the price. Cisco is very expensive. If they could somehow make the pricing more competitive, that would be a big draw."
"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."
"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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The Cisco CloudCenter solution is an application-centric hybrid cloud management platform that securely provisions infrastructure resources and deploys applications to data center, private cloud, and public cloud environments.
With Cisco CloudCenter breakthrough application-centric technology, users
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.
Cisco CloudCenter is ranked 8th in Cloud Management with 3 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 5 reviews. Cisco CloudCenter is rated 7.6, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco CloudCenter writes "Provides a single pane of glass to enable us to provide infrastructure services to our clients". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Automated deployment for developers, saving time on their release cycles". Cisco CloudCenter is most compared with Cisco Intersight, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), Cisco UCS Director, Red Hat CloudForms and CloudStack, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, SaltStack, Ansible and Cisco UCS Director. See our Cisco CloudCenter vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) report.
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