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"The solution's support for scripts... has reduced the man-hours it takes to deploy and support applications because we don't have to rewrite all the scripts.""The fact that these are non-technical people — they're experts in their fields but they're definitely not technical — and they can just log in to the portal and select the resource that they believe they need, and manage it themselves, speaks to the ease of use. It shows them their live costs, etc., as they're spending. The fact that they can do that without any problems, or having to engage the IT teams, is a true testament to it. There's no need for any user training at all.""Previous inquiries took us almost a full day to prepare the VM to the liking of our users. Now the deployment time is below 15 minutes and users can do it on their own! That leaves us to only update the blueprints if new requirements come in or new Windows Versions are published. As we have now predefined setups the testing team can rely on common ground for their product tests. Development teams can experiment with alpha versions in a secured environment (separate VLANs) without harming production machines.""The scripting, where you can use libraries, is a valuable feature. We don't really make the blueprints, as we have a third-party company that makes them for us. But it enables calling APIs in the blueprints. When we create a machine, we use IPAM from Infoblox and we can get an IP address. It's one platform to script and we can then use all the APIs to complete the scripts. It gives us a central management tool from which we can do a lot of things automatically."

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"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"

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"There is room for improvement in making the solution easier still. If you don't know Calm, it's not so easy to use... It is a really good solution for doing simple tasks, but it's not a good solution for complex tasks.""Even though it's a lot easier, it could be a bit slicker for the end-users. The ability to create their own blueprints could be without their having to understand the details of what they're trying to do. If they could just tick this, this, this, and this — whatever they need — and it would go spinning those up, that would be better. Now, we still guide them quite a bit.""The list of blueprints and applications could be more configurable so you see all the fields you need and not just some predefined fields which are not customizable now.""I cannot say Calm is providing centralized control of all our applications because we have some legacy systems. We have IBM iSeries, which is another technology. But with Calm we can centralize all our x86 machines."

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"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."

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"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."

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Pierre Viloin
author avatarSteffen Hornung
Real User

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 our Calm-Cluster

But vRealize Automation comes short in many ways. We asked our Nutanix Partner for advice and they set us up with a reference contact who was already using Calm in production. Their statement made clear there is no other product out there that comes close to Calm.

Our cost-comparison also made clear that there is not even a price advantage for VMware.To be honest, I never looked back to what vRealize could do because Calm works so well.And if you ever had contact with Nutanix Support you would be sold immediately. We never had support on an infrastructure solution that is so responsive and successful.If ANY problems arise just hit them with your questions, no matter if it is technical issues or a feature you require. My opinion may be biased but I have experienced that VMware products don't integrate so well with each other as Nutanix products do.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The easy way to provide users with full-fledged VMs the way IT wants it to be while still being flexible.
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in making the solution easier still. If you don't know Calm, it's not so easy to use. Blueprint repositories are not all in the same place. Sometimes they are in the… more »
Top Answer: We create Windows Testmachines for our Test Department from Win7 up to Server 2019
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 »
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Also Known As
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite

Nutanix Calm allows you to seamlessly select, provision, and manage your business applications across your infrastructure for both the private and public clouds. Nutanix Calm provides App lifecycle, monitoring and remediation to manage your heterogeneous infrastructure, for example, VMs or bare-metal servers. Nutanix Calm supports multiple platforms so that you can use the single self-service and automation interface to manage all your infrastructure. Nutanix Calm provides an interactive and user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) to manage your infrastructure.

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.

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Sample Customers
JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, Volkswagen SAIC, Brighton and Hove City Council, Foresters Financial, Janus International Group, Cloud Comrade, SercoRent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
Top Industries
Computer Software Company58%
Comms Service Provider14%
Real Estate/Law Firm4%
Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company15%
Comms Service Provider11%
Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm4%
Company Size
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise78%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Calm vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Nutanix Calm is ranked 8th in Cloud Management with 4 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 14 reviews. Nutanix Calm is rated 8.8, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Nutanix Calm writes "We are aiming for "infrastructure-as-code" so that we can always recreate an environment, without manual work". 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". Nutanix Calm is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), OpenNebula, vCloud Director, Morpheus and Red Hat CloudForms, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), SaltStack, Ansible and vCenter Orchestrator. See our Nutanix Calm vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) report.

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