Compare Cisco UCS Director vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS Director vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,718 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

"UCS director enables us to be more productive and more agile, and also more self-sufficient because we don't have to depend on anybody else.""A product that really aids in systems management without complexity.""This is a user-friendly solution that is very good and easy to use.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the fabric sharing.""I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director."

More Cisco UCS Director Pros »

"The automation part is valuable, especially where vRA integrates with vRO, because it reduces the amount of effort we have to make.""It is mostly for our tech support to test new versions, find bugs, and troubleshoot what is happening at customer sites.""I can make a blueprint with an Active Directory deployment. With everything prepared, people can start installing our products.""The customer can set up multiple machine blueprints. Therefore, we are able to customize the template of three machines, then the customer can deploy without knowing anything about the IT business.""It's quite user friendly. Everyone can use it, even non-technical people. This is good, since we use it to build a self-service portal which even users with not a lot of technical background can use.""It's much more stable than the highest available variant.""Scalability is perfect. We haven't had any issues.""The whole VMR ecosystem allows us to serve multiple customers, multiple organizations and also multiple units per customer. We can cover every level without using the whole VRA and the rest of the ecosystem. We don't need to use a separate product to provide separate functionalities for the customer. We can cover all the use cases using only one product on our side which is really helpful. T"

More VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Pros »

"Simplifying the user interface would go a long way to making it more usable.""The product could allow more programmatic opportunities through better development of the API.""I would like to see more integration with other solutions.""We cannot depend on this solution to manage all of the data center's infrastructure.""Normally, UCS Director is used primarily for orchestration, but when we look at a non-Cisco data infrastructure components, the UCS Director needs a bit more improvement in terms of integration with third-party systems and with existing older systems."

More Cisco UCS Director Cons »

"It's not a smooth upgrade process. For a DTA environment, which is very simple, it is a smooth process, but for our production environment, which is quite enhanced and has a lot of dependencies, it's not easy at all, and it results in a lot of errors... It takes a lot of retries to upgrade which ends up being costly.""It is too broad scale and complicated. It takes too many clicks to do things.""The initial setup is very complex because we have a bunch of customization workflows. They were built-in features that we had to program as code with Orchestration.""The stability on the 6.2 version is very bad. It crashes. VMware tech support knows the IIS component is a bit buggy.""We upgraded twice. The last upgrade was a bit problematic.""Most of the time the upgrade experience has been good but sometimes things break after upgrading. For example, some API codes stopped working.""The stability is why I rated it a seven and not higher. There were several cases where we had to restart some services because it wasn't working correctly anymore. People cannot extend their machine or replay their machine. There is no alert to say that there is a problem and that we should stop the service. The monitoring system is not very good.""I would like to see more automation, more ways to automate automation tasks."

More VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Cons »

Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost of this solution is significant."

More Cisco UCS Director Pricing and Cost Advice »

"A simplified version for small businesses would be good.""It made the provisioning of the virtual machines easier and faster. We can react more quickly to customers' demands."

More VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Pricing and Cost Advice »

Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Cloud Management solutions are best for your needs.
447,718 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director.
Top Answer: I would like to see more flexibility when it comes to managing other stacks, like VMware virtualization.
Top Answer: The typical use case is for web services. It is integrated with our database.
Top Answer: We are running Nutanix Calm now for a year. We have done feature- and cost comparison with vRealize Automation. We still run ESXi as Hypervisor on our Production Cluster (non-Calm). But Nutanix AHV on… more »
out of 70 in Cloud Management
Average Words per Review
Avg. Rating
out of 70 in Cloud Management
Average Words per Review
Avg. Rating
Popular Comparisons
Also Known As
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite

Cisco UCS Director enables automated delivery of physical and virtual data center resources, empowering data centers to move at the speed of business.

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.

Learn more about Cisco UCS Director
Learn more about VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)
Sample Customers
Entel, Data#3, Cegal, NESIC, LightEdgeRent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider53%
Computer Software Company22%
Media Company4%
Insurance Company4%
Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company15%
Comms Service Provider11%
Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm4%
Company Size
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise78%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS Director vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,718 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco UCS Director is ranked 6th in Cloud Management with 6 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 14 reviews. Cisco UCS Director is rated 7.6, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS Director writes "Brings agility to our organization, allowing for better manageability and faster deployment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Enables us to cover all use cases using only one product although it is lacking ways it can be automated". Cisco UCS Director is most compared with Cisco Intersight, Cisco CloudCenter, vCloud Director, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and vCenter Orchestrator, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), SaltStack, Ansible and Cisco CloudCenter. See our Cisco UCS Director vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) report.

See our list of best Cloud Management vendors.

We monitor all Cloud Management reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.