VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs. VMware vRealize Operations (vROps)

As of June 2019, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 106 reviews vs VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) which is ranked 1st in Cloud Management with 215 reviews. 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". The top reviewer of VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) writes "Well integrated with other products, but it was not enterprise-ready for a company our size". VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat CloudForms and VMware vRealize Operations (vROps). VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) is most compared with Turbonomic, VMware vSphere and Veeam ONE. See our VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs. VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) report.
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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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Vmware always gives us the best support. They are friendly to talk to and they understand the real impact of what's happening. They are trying to get into the issue as one of your team. They also fit into your working hours to solve your issues.The reporting is a fantastic tool. It's a great tool for generating reports on different things, and for historically looking at performance metrics to help solve performance problems in an application stack.This solution is most definitely scalable. We've already gone back to the drawing board and specifically designed it from the ground up, to be scalable with the size of our environment moving forward.We do not have any problems with the product. It solves our problems. We now know if something is on the console and if there really is a problem. Before this, we had a lot of false positives. It digs into the problems and then at the end it just drops it.This solution has improved my organization by claiming back resources that have been wasted on applications or on servers that just didn't need them. Having a tool that shows that information on a pretty regular basis has been very helpful.It is stable. I don't have any problems with this product and upgrades are very easy because it's just click two buttons and next, next, next, finish.The most valuable feature would be the ability to plug into the data feeds that we have and pull information from physical hardware as well as the virtual layer. The best feature is the visualization of what's going on, so we can take a very quick look and see if there are any issues that stand out.It has reduced the time it takes to troubleshoot issues. We have customers trying to pinpoint and isolate issues using vROps. The information it provides helps them to pinpoint the issue a lot faster and resolve anything a lot quicker as well. They have a lot less downtime.

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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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They can change the interface for the 6.7 vSphere that would make it more simple and more friendly. I think changing the interface of the operations manager would be good. It's friendly to use right now but it would simplify it more.The whole interface is like an information overload, it just bombards me with messages, warnings, and alerts. When I follow through on the majority of these messages, I realize that I'm really just wasting time because they're not really real problems.With our environment right now, stability is the one sticking point. There hasn't been a great deal of handholding in between the different versions, so we've run into problems with there being what I would call "more than just the average change between versions" and it's caused a loss of data for us in the past.Technical support is good, once you pass the first level.I know that they talk a lot about AI and a sort of forecasting ahead of time. It's a good application, but it has to wait for a certain period of time to actually do an analysis. If it would give you that ahead of time, or even forecasting, it would be really improved.When you are at your lowest, support is pretty bad. They ask you dumb questions but when you come to second and upper service desk, it is much easier and much better to talk to and resolve the issue.As they're able to add in more vendors for hardware to be able to pull information from different firewalls, switches, or other vendors, I would like to see where we can get more of a complete view of what's going on in the network. That would make this solution better.The integration points can use improvement. We currently use a lot of third-party management packs to get insights for SQL, HP or Dell EMC. If we could have more integration built in as a standard feature that would make it slightly better.

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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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We did an enterprise license agreement with our VMware partner and put this in our bundle. We tried it and loved it, so we use it now.I have reduced the time to troubleshoot for my customers.We would like to build custom dashboards in the standard license. Right now, this is available in the enterprise license, not the standard license.We have seen good ROI results. It has made our lives easier.Our budgets are always tight. We would like to have more features at lower licensing levels for easier access to them.We have seen huge ROI. It has certainly reduced troubleshooting.If the VMs were trimmed, then we wouldn't have to buy as much software/hardware, and this means less licenses. While most of it is VMware licenses, which are relatively cheap, there are SQL licenses for Microsoft, and this is where we could start saving a lot of money.The solution has helped to reduce the time to troubleshoot issues.

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Also Known As
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud SuitevCenter Operations Manager, VCOPS, vRealize Operations
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Overview

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.

Automate IT operations management, manage performance and gain visibility across physical and virtual infrastructure with VMware vCOps. It proactively identify and solve emerging issues with predictive analytics and smart alerts, ensuring optimum performance and availability of applications and infrastructures across vSphere, Hyper-V, Amazon and physical hardware.
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Sample Customers
Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty MutualScience Applications International Corporation, Tribune Media, Heartland Payment Systems, Telkom Indonesia, Columbia Sportswear, iGATE, CSS Corp, Angel Broking, Adira Finance, Hipskind, Beiersdorf Shared Services, Innovate Mas Indonesia, Adobe, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi , Join Experience S.A, Borusan Holdings, Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company16%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Pharma/Biotech Company33%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm20%
Marketing Services Firm8%
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Healthcare Company20%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Comms Service Provider6%
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Marketing Services Firm23%
University13%
Healthcare Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise78%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise72%
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Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise50%
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