Compare VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs. vCenter Orchestrator

vCenter Orchestrator is ranked 7th in Process Automation with 12 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 77 reviews. vCenter Orchestrator is rated 8.4, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.0. 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 "Enables us to flex up or flex down the environment quickly; makes our DevOps processes more consistent". vCenter Orchestrator is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and vCloud Director, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat CloudForms and VMware vRealize Operations (vROps).
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The most valuable feature is workflow automation.It is the most cost-effective method for moving data between machines.The solution's ability to template and easily implement are the most valuable features. It offers good replication as well.The most valuable feature is that this solution is complete, and you don't need any add-ons.vCenter Orchestrator is easy to use.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.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.Communication with technical support is very good. It has a repository of knowledge base articles which we can access which are very helpful.

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The most valued feature is the streamlining of the DevOps process, automation and orchestration. It provides the ability for the entire Dev lifecycle to actually be incorporated into a single stream.For repeated installations and provisioning of VMs, we now have a clear definition of what has been installed, and we can monitor all that stuff.The initial setup was straightforward. It's easy to deploy.Before it would take months to deploy a VM, now, with this solution, we can deploy many VMs in one hour. We can do a stack of them with Mediaware.The setup was complex in many ways. The first reason is that we have many teams who work on it so it gets complicated gathering all of the people. The second reason is that it can be complicated to install it quickly, within a reasonable amount of time.The setup was straightforward. We upgraded to a newer version seamlessly. It worked really well.We haven't hit any limits yet, scalability is good.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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This solution needs to have more built-in workflows.The licensing is expensive and should be improved.The solution needs to integrate with Cloud facilities like AWS and Azure.In the next release, to make it easier to write the workflows, I would l like to see more HTML GUIs.The interface could be improved to bring greater user-friendliness and ease of use.Storage has room for improvement. It's a big problem for our solution. The interface also needs improvement, it should be simplified.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.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.

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We still struggle a little bit with the configuration as far as making sure that we have all the endpoints where they need to be, because that's not as agile as we'd like in the back-end. We're working towards that with our DevOps teams to make sure that we're touching the right endpoints and getting the right data.in general, it took us a long time to get it off the ground. We had a lot of issues upfront and we determined that we just needed to scrap it. I think we scrapped it two or three times before we actually got it built the way we wanted, and we're still not where we need to be. We have had downtime. There have been some issues, but we're also two iterations behind on version.The most important thing that we missed in vRanger was the possibility to mount several images instantaneously and present it so we can run it immediately.The initial setup was complex because we have a high availability cluster. Especially when it comes to upgrades, we have a lot of downtimes and problems. The upgrade experience has been painful.7.5 is not user-friendly, in fact, it's a nightmare. They changed everything on the graphic user interface, the mode where the user interacts with the product.I have not found this solution to be user-friendly. It's really complicated. The demo shows that you can automate anything but they only show basic scenarios. If you want to do anything more complicated than that, it becomes very complicated to set up.It's not cheap.I would like to see more automation, more ways to automate automation tasks.

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This solution is expensive and the licensing is more attractive for Haveri.Our licensing is on a yearly basis. We pay for the license and then we pay the support every year.

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It made the provisioning of the virtual machines easier and faster. We can react more quickly to customers' demands.A simplified version for small businesses would be good.We do plan to see ROI with any new implementation of new technologies being implemented within our environment.As far as value is concerned, it has been essential to our environment. We have been able to deploy VMs quickly and the developers have their own sandbox, so they can spin up and destroy VMs at their own will.There is confusion between licensing levels. There are three different licensed versions of vRealize Automation, and there are different things which can happen in each of them.vRealize automation really should be a front door to the whole VMware suite of products.The solution has helped to increase infrastructure, agility, speed, and provisioning in the time to market.We have seen significant ROI. We used to have physical servers, it took 90 days to get a server, order it, buy it, and get it in. We have it down to 10 minutes, building a server with virtualization, and now that's too slow. So, we let the customer do it at their speed. Therefore, it is pretty much up in a couple of minutes and they have a server.

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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 ServicesRent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company16%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider14%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Financial Services Firm7%
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