VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs. vCloud Director

As of June 2019, vCloud Director is ranked 4th in Cloud Management with 16 reviews vs VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) which is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 106 reviews. The top reviewer of vCloud Director writes "It makes provisioning new customers so much easier, and our customers are given power over their platform". 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". vCloud Director is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Ansible and Red Hat CloudForms. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat CloudForms and VMware vRealize Operations (vROps). See our VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs. vCloud Director report.
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vCloud Director has improved our organization in so far as it is an easy solution to sell. I believe this is the case due to the fact that it is an easy tool to manage and to configure.This solution has helped us make money and provision our clients faster.Working with VMware has supported us especially in terms of building a very powerful cloud for our customers.If a customer is looking for disaster recovery at a cheaper price, this is the best solution.I like the functionality that's available with Orchestrator. The platform stability stuff that I would be involved in worries me from the automation side because you have a lot less hands-on control of things. Price point, it kind of puts us off.We like the basic operations that we can do with the VM such as restarting, rebooting, creating snapshots, and deleting snapshots.The stability is rock solid.The initial setup was complex. There's a lot of things you have to factor in, like security, backup, disaster recovery, monitoring, and how to maintain the platform. It's something we still struggle with, but it's getting better.

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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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Improvements could be made in the building feature since there isn't a real building feature associated with the product. We require a building feature to integrate with other solutions.vRealize Orchestrator is an expensive tool.There are some shortcomings. There are bugs with opening support.vCloud Director isn't cheap.Technical support is something that we've had problems with in the past. Across all the VMware solutions we have not always had the best response from support. To be fair a lot of the issues that came up for us have been quite niche but it seems that in terms of release cycles they introduced a lot of bugs and it's a lot of stuff that support generally has to work quite hard on. There have been cases when we've logged critical priority issues and not had responses in time. I think support is something that can be worked on.If I just need to look for something quickly, it's quite difficult to find it with the way it's set up now. They should make the search button better.I would like to see mode accessory recovery and integration with SD-WAN.Initially, the setup was complex.

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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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The solution is costly, efficient, and robust versus alternative solutions.We are able to provision new clients faster. Every month, we take on more customers.It enables us to provision new clients more quickly.It is better than other solutions out there when it comes to cost.

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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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VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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Overview

VMware vCloud Director provides software-defined services for data centers in the form of virtual data centers. Computing, networking, security, and storage are all virtualized when you deploy this solution. The result is that users will get to enjoy infrastructure that is operationally ready in a matter of minutes without needing to install and configure any physical 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
MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider33%
Transportation Company8%
Cloud Provider8%
Retailer8%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company16%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Pharma/Biotech Company33%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm20%
Marketing Services Firm8%
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