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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the workflow creation.""The most valuable feature is that it's simple and very ergonomic to use the product compared to other virtualizing product. Out of Microsoft, Red Hat, and IBM, we found VMware to be the best one.""Communication with technical support is very good. It has a repository of knowledge base articles which we can access which are very helpful.""In regards to the workflows, the fact that we can actually have a full dashboard library of all the existing workflows on this is great. We can see all the workflows and what all the actions do and can work with scripts.""It's 100% stable, it's always stable. We haven't had any bugs. The solution works very well and we haven't had any problems.""vCenter Orchestrator is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is that this solution is complete, and you don't need any add-ons.""The solution's ability to template and easily implement are the most valuable features. It offers good replication as well."

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"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."

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"The custom workflows are very difficult and confusing.""It is too expensive. One of the main issues is the price.""Mainly VMware integrates with other products, but there is no easy way to link with other products from a different vendor. We can integrate with other products from the same vendors fairly well, but if they could make it so integration is easier with other vendors, that would really help.""As we work towards more stability on the solution, sometimes we'll try something and it breaks and it's easier to restart the service. That's the only drawback. We've experienced this with other applications as well.""Storage has room for improvement. It's a big problem for our solution. The interface also needs improvement, it should be simplified.""The interface could be improved to bring greater user-friendliness and ease of use.""In the next release, to make it easier to write the workflows, I would l like to see more HTML GUIs.""The solution needs to integrate with Cloud facilities like AWS and Azure."

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"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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Our licensing is on a yearly basis. We pay for the license and then we pay the support every year.""This solution is expensive and the licensing is more attractive for Haveri.""The price is reasonable, and one of the reasons that this product was selected."

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"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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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is how easy it makes it to manage the VM.
Top Answer: The price is reasonable, and one of the reasons that this product was selected.
Top Answer: The product is not quite easy to use and needs improvement in that regard. When the SSO certificate needs to be renewed, the upgrading and testing are quite complicated. We faced this issue just three… more »
Top Answer: Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components.
Top Answer: 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… more »
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8.0
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Also Known As
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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Overview
VMware vCenter Orchestrator simplifies the automation of complex IT tasks and integrates with VMware vCloud Suite components to adapt and extend service delivery and operational management, effectively working with existing infrastructure, tools and processes.

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
Beiersdorf Shared Services
Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
Top Industries
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University20%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise64%
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vCenter Orchestrator is ranked 7th in Process Automation with 14 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 5 reviews. vCenter Orchestrator is rated 8.0, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of vCenter Orchestrator writes "Simple, ergonomic, and easy to use in a complex environment ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Automated deployment for developers, saving time on their release cycles". vCenter Orchestrator is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, Cisco UCS Director, Microsoft System Center Orchestrator and ServiceNow Orchestration, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, Ansible, SaltStack and Red Hat CloudForms.

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