vCloud Director Overview

vCloud Director is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Management tools. It is most often compared to VMware vRealize Automation (vRA): vCloud Director vs VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

What is vCloud Director?

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.

vCloud Director Buyer's Guide

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vCloud Director Customers

MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about vCloud Director pricing:
  • "It runs our company in the millions of rand every month."
  • "It's a costly product. The licenses may not be costly, but with every new development in their product, we need to purchase deployment services, and the deployment services are quite costly."
  • "This is an expensive solution."
  • "The license could be less expensive and we are on a perpetual license."

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AY
Manager - Virtualization, Storage & Backup at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Great extensibility feature, which enables integration of other services

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is for infrastructure as a service, which is pretty much a self service, together with a period of management if the customer needs. We are partners with vCloud Director and I'm the manager of virtualization, storage and backup.

Pros and Cons

  • "Good features of extensibility, which allows integration of other services."
  • "Lacks integration with the hyperscalers."

What other advice do I have?

It's important to have some development capabilities within your organization I think the most important thing is to understand your requirements and what your end goal is because you need to understand whether vCloud Director is going to restrict you or not. It's a very powerful product for service providers. You also need to keep in mind what other service add-ons you want to achieve because your overall design and architecture or blueprint is very dependent on what you want to do. Having a blueprint will provide you with the difference between a wonderful outcome or an unstable one. We've…
RA
OS & Servers Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Good platform for visualization and monitoring but not for redundancy and distribution

What is our primary use case?

For vCloud we use a private cloud. In a distributed system, CapEx and OpEx are better. In storage, when you use a stand-alone system you have to pay much more than with a distributed system.

Pros and Cons

  • "vCloud is a good platform for visualization. It is very handy for monitoring. VMware can integrate with all monitoring systems like vRealize, and the management monitoring is good. I'm very happy with VMware. VMware is good in management and monitoring systems."
  • "This is very simple in OpenShift. We are happy with vCloud in terms of the virtualization but not for redundancy and distribution."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate vCloud a seven out of ten. In the next release, I would like to see better integration with VMware and the older cloud solutions like OpenStack. I think VMware is working on it. OpenStack works better than VMware in a distribution system. We have better performance in surface storage, we have better documentation. vCloud is a good platform for visualization. It is very handy for monitoring. VMware can integrate with all monitoring systems like vRealize, and the management monitoring is good. I'm very happy with VMware. VMware is good in management and monitoring systems.
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Ronald Van Staden
Director at Silicon Sky Consulting LLC
Real User
Top 10
Automated virtual resource creation with good options for scaling usage

What is our primary use case?

We are VMware Verified Cloud providers. So we run vCloud Director. We run NSX (Network Security Platform). We run the whole suite of VMware products to host our customers' various applications. Our primary use case is to enable our customers to use the vCloud Director platform to drive the portal that they create using compute resources from their side. So, it is used for the automation of resources in the VMware on our VMware platform for customers to create Virtual Datacenters.

Pros and Cons

  • "There are various options for scaling and that flexibility is a good option."
  • "The initial installation and setup are very quick."
  • "The stability of the product is better than just 'good.'"
  • "The product could use a billing feature so we can automate billing for clients."

What other advice do I have?

I think the product has come a long way since its introduction. It is stable now. In the early days, there were some teething problems. At this point, I would definitely recommend it. It has become a mature product now and it works well. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate the vCloud product as a good eight or nine-out-of-ten.
KF
Divisional Engineer at National Telecom Corporatio
Real User
Top 20
Can be used for infrastructure provisioning without using a platform service

What is our primary use case?

We use it for infrastructure provisioning such as providing machines and monitoring with logging and so forth.

Pros and Cons

  • "We use the infrastructure as a service cloud, that is, we use the features as infrastructure for this. We are not using any platform services."
  • "There are new updates every quarter, so we need to purchase new support deployment services and some new products."

What other advice do I have?

The public cloud and the hosted cloud solutions are going in parallel, and some countries have the requirement to host the data locally. Most of the organizations who don't have these compliance requirements go for the public cloud, but I would say that hiring and retaining skilled resources matters a lot. Because if you have skilled, experienced resources, then things will be easy for you, but if you can't retain the skilled resources and things are quite complex, then you will need to accept all of the company's conditions. Overall, we are happy with the product, so I would rate it at eight…
VB
Senior Professional Services Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to setup and manage, reliable, with a good interface and accessibility

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the UI, the interface, and accessibility."
  • "In the next release, we would like to see improvements with the pricing. It could be reduced."

What other advice do I have?

We will upgrade and continue our usage of this solution. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using this solution. It's a very good product. I would rate vCloud Director a nine out of ten.
WB
MSS Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Scalable, responsive support, but missing features

What is our primary use case?

We use vCloud Director as a multiple cloud management solution.

What needs improvement?

This solution could improve by adding root cause analysis.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using vCloud Director within 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable but could improve.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found the solution scales well.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support responsiveness has been satisfactory.

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

The license could be less expensive and we are on a perpetual license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are evaluating Dynamics from Cisco to…