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Sr Technical Manager - Performance & Capacity Management at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The Densify Control Console, and Environment Status.

How has it helped my organization?

Our team used to spend days to gather data via MS Excel to prepare reports. The Densify Control Console has the recommendations ready on the fly, based on the policies set… more »

What needs improvement?

* The reports which we extract from Densify could be more user friendly, such as by eliminating the unnecessary fields. * Normalization of CPU utilization is required. At… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have no visibility into the costing and pricing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had a tool called SRM which is an IBM repository for performance and capacity data. We had to extract and perform the analysis to come up with recommendations, which is… more »

What other advice do I have?

The world is moving into a cloud and analytical era. Densify is putting the right effort in the right direction. Clients and end users, who support their application in… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I worked on BMC Capacity Optimization and BMC TrueSight, SRM. But with the team to have Densify implemented, and making it to work, along with excellent support, it made… more »
Consultant
Team Lead, Infrastructure at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 21 2017

What is most valuable?

We leverage Supply and Demand Planning for Virtual Infrastructure to assist in proactive management of resources. By having a realistic forecast of available resources… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Densify provides our organization with usable recommendations for resizing VM's to optimize its use of resources. It has made the ongoing task of curating hundreds of VM's… more »

What needs improvement?

Some parts of the interface are rather complex and require a bit of time to navigate, but this has never stopped us as a Densify advisor is readily available to help with… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There was some sticker shock, as this is not just another software product to spit out graphs. It provides analytics as a service, which you use to decide what… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Turbonomic, but found it was over simplified in its filters and viewing current state rather than statistical analysis, and was disruptive when set to… more »

What other advice do I have?

Using the reports from Densify will provide us with the "trusted advisor" backing for our own purchase and provisioning decisions. Though not currently a large user of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had already evaluated Turbonomic and abandoned it. We looked at other market offerings but did not perform in-house evaluations of them.
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Vendor
Performance and Capacity Management at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Control Console and Reservation Console. The Control Console is an incredible way to give a quick view of current capacity utilization allowing technical people to drill… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This product has provided us with a more comprehensive solution that is now replacing nearly all other tools which were previously used in the different platforms and… more »

What needs improvement?

We are currently using a version that is a few behind (v8.3.4 as opposed to v10), so the only improvement I could suggest would be addressed in the newest version… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Densify has licensing setup so you can collect data without licensing. It gives you the ability to collect on everything, then choose later what you would like to license.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This wasn't a business decision made by me, but the switch was made for increased functionality and offering an all-in-one type solution to improve overall capacity and… more »

What other advice do I have?

This product helps significantly with planning efforts and BAU management alike. It's better to get it sooner and start collecting data sooner.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am unaware of another product that offers such functionality in one package.
Vendor
Capacity Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Aug 15 2017

What is most valuable?

I think it's going to form quite a key element within a number of areas for deployment, deployment release, change management, and for managing our test environments. I have a lot of ideas how we can incorporate the technology with… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I would say that the initial thing is that it provides us with a technological basis to expand capacity management beyond Excel. It provides the basis that we can springboard off to achieve areas we could only hope for before.

What needs improvement?

So far there are a few areas. It seems that the mechanism for integration is, it goes so far but I think there could be some standard integration to normal remedy service now etc. I think that should be out of the box. The reporting; we've… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, this was the result of a pre-study that I ran comparing this solution with other solutions taking input from additional industry resources and our own evaluation and my own basis, what I was aiming to achieve. Densify were deemed to be… more »

What other advice do I have?

I think to bring on board the technical teams such as VMware and the power teams and whoever's systems you are augmenting. I think we maybe could have done that better. The problem is the functionality can be seen as competitive… more »
Vendor
IT Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 15 2017

What is most valuable?

There a lot of good features. One would be the automatic rebalancing of the environment. That was one feature which helped. With that, we could improve our efficiency of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Densify works basically on the VMware infrastructure optimization and we have the VMware infrastructure in place. Our motive was to perform at capacity management, as well… more »

What needs improvement?

Initially we talked about some custom reporting, wherein our customer expected certain reports on a few areas, like how the storage is allocated, how the network… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cost is always involved, but then I feel that this solution is better than other products that we have. Everyone has a different way of defining the cost, an effectiveness… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use any other solution, and then we learned about this solution. But before we decided to use this product, we compared it with other possible solutions.

What other advice do I have?

From my perspective, this product is really good, and we are not even using each and every feature. But my advice would be, if somebody is looking for a solution for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared the product with VMware's native product, that is vROps, and we found this product to be more intuitive and requiring less effort to put in to utilize it; the… more »
Vendor
Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The features which are most important: * The ability to increase server density inside of my environment, which has helped me drive reduction in costs. * The features to identify risk or bottle necks… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The first benefit (of improving density) helps with my operational budget; it has given me the ability to reduce my capital expense for supporting existing workloads as well as future workloads. The… more »

What needs improvement?

Areas for improvement are: * A closer integration to the service management processes. * Being able to correlate the systems which are at risk with systems that report performance incidents. * Maybe a… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We (previously) used a combination of internally developed tools and some industry available tools. We switched to Densify because it gave us a more complete end-to-end picture of the environment and… more »

What other advice do I have?

I think the best advice is plan ahead. We did this, a little proof of concept ahead of time, so that we could learn before doing our mass deployment. Planning was everything, so by us having accurate… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. We looked internally, developed capabilities that we had which were not market available, and were supported by my organization. We looked at some products from other organizations, but none of… more »
Vendor
Senior Technical Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Densify's ability to aggregate multiple on-premise vCenters and multiple cloud accounts, gives it a level of visibility not found in many places. Outside the obvious… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the placement optimizations, our organization has seen fewer incidents of poor performance due to resource contention.

What needs improvement?

Densify's on-premise history gives it a solid skillset to build upon in the cloud. Unfortunately the tools and mechanisms which really came to maturity in the cloud, and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost is negligible, as it scales fairly well. Pricing/licensing can be a net negative if you action on the recommendations and optimizations provided.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use any other solutions, but we did evaluate several before deciding on Cirba (Densify)

What other advice do I have?

They've worked with us and when issues have arisen, they have not hesitated to bring in high level technical resources to resolve them. I'm pleased to have such an… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, TeamQuest, CA CAPMAN, and others.
Vendor
Senior Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The features and capabilities which we are using right now that are driving the most value are the analytics within the public cloud. If we go out and optimize workloads internally, we get greater… more »

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of reducing risk, the way the product works is that it pulls in utilization data and then based on the analytics coming out of product, will give us recommendations. We'll then review those… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of integration, the tool has great data. However, it's not always meaningful because the true business attributes of how most Fortune 500 companies operate are not maintaining in one tool… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a solution before this one. We originally brought Densify in for what was called P to V, physical to virtual transformation. As the technology evolved, we started to use it more for… more »

What other advice do I have?

Before you select any tool, make sure that you have good internal processes to action the recommendations. Again, back to the cell phone example, if I go out to my customers and tell them that they… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a few other vendors to see what they're offering and their capabilities. To be honest with you, we also looked at, just natively, what could we do better ourselves. We did evaluate both… more »

What is Densify?

Densify is a predictive analytics service that optimizes your hybrid cloud in real-time. It’s not magic, it’s science. Leading Service Providers and Global 5000 organizations leverage our service to operate with less infrastructure, less cloud costs, and at the same time, deliver better performing applications to the business.

Densify customers

AIG, Bank of America, Cigna, Citi

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