vCloud Director Reviews

vCloud Director is the #3 ranked solution of our top Cloud Management tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) - vCloud Director vs VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

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Chris Magee
Real User
Pre-Sales Engineer at Secura
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The scalability is amazing. It gives our customers the options that they need. If they suddenly need to add more resources, they don't need to plan for it. They just need to pay us for it, and we can extend it for them. It's good giving the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

vCloud Director requires less knowledge to get into in the first place. Therefore, when we bring in new members of staff, we can always give them the customer experience straightaway, and they can pick it up quite easily. This means the… more »

What needs improvement?

I've seen that there are more HTML5 bits coming in. With that, it's exposing more of the NSX. So, if they keep going in the same direction where they give more features under the hood in vSphere to be exposed to the vCloud Director, that… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product. It is like magic. It allows you to do so much. Put it in a lab, and you'll instantly fall in love with it. That's all you need to know. Just give it a go. If you're looking for something that allows your customers to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMware was always the way to go because other platforms, like Hyper-V, were already out there, but the products weren't as mature. They didn't have as many features. VMware is very good for HA and disaster recovery. We needed the… more »
Rasoul Askari
Real User
OS & Servers Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

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. With a storage system rather than stand-alone systems you have to pay much more than a distributed system.

What needs improvement?

In the virtualization aspect, we are happy, but if we work on the public cloud, not the private cloud.OpenStack has a lot of features. In OpenShift when you configure it you can provide 100 web service in redundancy mode. 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… more »
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Real User
Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 09 2018

What is most valuable?

The multi-tenancy feature is very important for us from a service perspective. The recent new capabilities are a huge step forward for this product. The data protection, disaster recovery, and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

My company's a traditional hardware reseller so moving into a subscription-based model is challenging from a sales perspective. It's a new way of getting customers in and getting them tightly coupled… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a full transition to NSX-T, more work on the container, and double integration.

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

I would advise someone looking into this or a similar solution to get people who understand the technology and what you can do with it to get the program right the first time. You can make a lot of… more »

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

The main reason that we switched solutions was that we were running a legacy based infrastructure as a service. Customers had to submit a ticket and then we did something in the background for the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only looked at VMware. We looked at alternatives like OnApp but we saw that VMware was moving forward with a lot of innovation on the vCloud Director and stuck to that.
Real User
OSS Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 09 2018

What is most valuable?

We like that it's multi-tenant, is supported, that it evolves with time and allows us to offer services to our enterprise customers in the B2B segment The self-service… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us develop a better way of selling services to customers, evolve from the typical housing, and make revenues for the Telefonica company.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Business recovery and integration with SD-WAN.

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

In terms of costs, I would say there is no comparison between this solution and alternatives. If you are in the market for VMware services, that's just what it is. You… more »

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

We've been in the hosting business for fifteen years, so it was a natural evolution for us when it came time to switch. In a way, we are growing together with VMware.

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking into this or a similar solution I would tell you to start fresh and start with VMware Professional Services and their architects from the beginning. I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't look at other alternatives because we know that no other vendors have what VMware has.
Abdulaziz Abanmy
Real User
System admin
Dec 11 2018

What is most valuable?

We have found the whole suite of cloud applications to be the most valuable features. If you start a cloud, either private or hybrid, it will support you and you will get more features. It covers support in terms of computing, networking, and everything. The self-service feature has helped migrate a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Working with a single vendor, especially with optimization, has improved our organization. Working with VMware has supported us especially in terms of building a very powerful cloud for our customers. It has helped us provision new clients faster because it's built on an automated system. It has… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight. So far we are satisfied with it, but there are some shortcomings. There are bugs with opening support. So far they have helped us very well. I would tell someone looking into this or a similar solution that before deploying any cloud, you need to have a good… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Working with VMware is different than working with Microsoft SPLA. SPLA is only for service provider level agreement. However, for VMware, you can work in different aspects. With VMware you can build an infrastructure whereas SPLA you can sign and have your licenses for building your infrastructure… more »
Ivan Skopar
Real User
Engineer at T-Systems
Dec 11 2018

What is most valuable?

We like the basic operations that we can do with the VM such as restarting, rebooting, creating snapshots, and deleting snapshots.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization by speeding up some basic scenarios. They can manage a simple operation on their own.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to search in vCloud Director more easily. If I just need to look for something quickly, it's quite difficult to find it with the way it's set up… more »

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

This solution is cheaper than other alternatives.

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

Most of our clients are using classic solutions from the vSphere, 6, 5.5, or even older. We give them vCloud Director as an option for their business.

What other advice do I have?

I rated this solution a seven because the search button really bothers me. Also, because it isn't always able to finish an operation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into other cloud solutions like Microsoft Cloud and ABS. Our clients chose NSX because they have us as a middleman for support.
Jordan Donley
Real User
Technical Services Team Lead at Novosco
Dec 11 2018

What is most valuable?

My impression of the data protection, data recovery, and container features is that they're all very good, I like them. Although I don't particularly have a use case for them within our company. It's very expensive but it's something we've looked into. I like the functionality that's available with… more »

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

Compared to alternatives like Microsoft SPLA, this solution is on the expensive side. It's an expensive solution but it comes with its benefits for being pricey.

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

We picked up this solution because we needed to provide new services. We went with VMware because we have a lot of VMware experts in our business, it's something that we're quite skilled at. We are partners as well. VMware is generally the first protocol for these sort of things.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight. I haven't had too many problems with it but I don't think it's perfect.
ITAdmin58981
Real User
IT Administrator with 201-500 employees
Dec 02 2018

What is most valuable?

vCloud Director works and makes my life easier. Its self-service capabilities allow us to give resources to our customers. They can spin up as many or as few machines as they like, and it works. We don't have to worry about it. We maintain… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product helped us get more customers, so that worked out quite well. It saves us a lot of time provisioning new clients.

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

We were using VMware already, then some of our customers asked if we could give them a cloud solution

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend VMware and vCloud Director, if they want to go cloud.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had experience with VMware, so we stuck with VMware.
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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.

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