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SnrVirtEng3a90
Real User
Sr Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 20 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the consistency it delivers, at the end of the day. We know that we have consistent images based off consistent Blueprints, check-pointed or QA'ed in a consistent manner.

How has it helped my organization?

Speed to market. It helps us to improve the rate at which we deploy and the consistency in which we deploy. It has allowed us to scale up and scale down very quickly. As we meet our open enrollment… more»

What needs improvement?

It is not super-intuitive. It does require some skills to understand how to use it. I had no problem, but I had spent a lot of time already learning this product ahead of moving it to an operational… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were manually spinning up clone templates and building them. We recently took over and built our IT after 50 years of being under HPE. About five years ago we decided to internalize our IT and take… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend vRealize Automation. One thing that we've had to realize about this product is, it's dependent on some back-work that you do inside your vSphere environment to prepare for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at some automation around the Red Hat stack itself. Our environment tends to be larger on the Linux side than it is on the Windows side, the Microsoft side. So we did give some… more»
Allen Nussbaumer
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the integration with some of our other automation platforms. We're starting into Jenkins, and it has a plug-in for other automation of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization started to move a lot more towards automating all the things that we can. We're catching up to that, but we're definitely heading in that direction. It's… more»

What needs improvement?

We don't have too complex of an environment, we're not doing machine-learning or any of the advanced features all that much. We're a pretty straightforward IT shop. We… more»

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

Better pricing is always handy, but I feel it's at the right price point.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We weren't using much. This was right at the beginning of when we were starting to automate things. We saw the VMware automation and decided that, since we had VMware, it… more»

What other advice do I have?

vRA has a very nice toolset for being able to integrate with VMware. It is great for being able to automate things within the VMware environment. We probably need to learn… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were not too many on our list. VMware was the natural fit. We saw the automation. We liked it. Chef, technically, will do automation. It has connections into VMware… more»
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EricSturm
Consultant
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

vRA provides that single pane of glass for our cloud tenants to deploy, monitor, access, and manage their VMs/guest operating systems. vRA allows a cloud service provider to quickly build out a web portal front-end interface that easily integrates with all of the VMware vRealize products, providing… more»

How has it helped my organization?

vRealize Automation is improving the way we host and serve up our fully hosted private cloud solutions as a cloud service provider. It has created efficiencies in how we deploy, manage, monitor, and develop within the service. It provides velocity both from management and customer perspectives, from… more»

What needs improvement?

Most of the areas for which there was room for improvement are being covered in the latest 7.4 release which will include all new workflows for additional management of a customer’s cloud and infrastructure, directly from the Web portal itself. Some of these features today require the ability to… more»

What other advice do I have?

From experience working with other service provider cloud products, VMware vRealize Automation Center is the best out-of-the-box solution to quickly build out your cloud portal and fully integrate it into your orchestration layers, as well as your compute and storage infrastructures. It can support… more»
Real User
Product Engineer at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 23 2018

What is most valuable?

We like the seamless, non-vendor-specific application that we can provide with it. We're a service provider, so we have all kinds of different clients and they have different applications. Automation works with all of them, pretty much… more»

How has it helped my organization?

So far we haven't really implemented it on our own organization as far as using it with IT in the workplace internally. But vRA has helped us bring in a lot of customers because they use things like Chef and Puppet, and this works in that… more»

What needs improvement?

They can improve on the dashboard representations and the options for non-technical people. I would like to see the ability to customize that and maybe provide them with helpful guides to what subscriptions they have. Sometimes, I find that… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before vRA, we were using a combination of Chef and Ansible. We moved to vRA because I'm on the VMware side of the house, so naturally, that was part of it. Also, we switched because we foresaw the need for hybrid cloud and wanted to be… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to go to hands-on labs to see if it's exactly what you're looking for because, as far as the reality versus the expectation goes, it might be a little bit of a shock, especially for the non-technical person. If they're… more»
Allen Nussbaumer
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's able to deploy several different operating systems, it's able to deploy whatever we want. We can take a template, spin it up, revise it, save it back off, and be able to have that for other departments. We can have one for our Dev team and one for our Research… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're not too complex, we're not a dot-com, but it does help us with smoothing out the variability of things. It makes it so that we can deploy things very easily. We don't use a lot of the higher features it has, but the basic things we do, we can just knock them out on a daily basis. It's not a… more»

What needs improvement?

I honestly don't see much room for improvement, but how can I take a new employee and ramp him up so he can be productive quickly? How do we get the training materials standardized so we can get him up and running really quickly?

What other advice do I have?

I would easily give vRA a nine out of ten. It has done everything that we need. We're not the most complex use case, but it's done everything we need, we can just forget about it in the background. It's a nine and not a ten because of the training stuff. It would be helpful to have a nice flow of… more»
Bob Plankers
Real User
Solutions Architect at a university
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The solution has increased the infrastructure agility from people's perceptions of the infrastructure: Having an actual private cloud or something on-premise, which people… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Digital transformation is more of a people problem than a technology problem in many cases. It is getting people used to the idea of self-service people and not having to… more»

What needs improvement?

vRealize Automation on the back-end is still a little complicated. It has a lot of moving pieces, simplifying that from a pure infrastructure point of view would be a good… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We came to the conclusion that vRealize automation was right for us as part of an effort on our campus to consolidate IT from a real distributed model into a less… more»

What other advice do I have?

The solution is getting better. VMware has been paying a lot of attention to it lately, and it's been inheriting a lot of their cloud efforts, user interface improvements… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've been with vRealize Automation for a while now. OpenStack was pretty immature at the time that we were evaluating the solution. We also looked at Embotics and their… more»
Craig Debban
Real User
IT Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are capacity planning as well as environment life management; putting in specific templates and workflows that we know are secure. That solidifies the environments… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a development company, we have different versions that need to be provisioned constantly, and the build-up/tear-down of this, for the IT team, used to take forever. We have a lean staff. We haven't… more»

What needs improvement?

Regarding that networking piece, more hands-on pieces, that come with that purchase to help you get to that good spot might be an area that would help.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before, it was piecemeal. We had templates. We had some VDI pools for some of these things. It was just a constant revision of that and it would sit idle for too long. So, for the whole pool, if one… more»

What other advice do I have?

For a specific business, you need to know what you're trying to do. For ours, it's a match that I wish we would have had immediately. It has paid dividends. I give vRA a nine out of 10. Sure, there's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Rubrik is one we are looking at. And the whole AWS Hybrid Cloud is definitely on my roadmap.
DavidBurton
Real User
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Lifecycle management. It allows my teams to create, manage, and retire all of our infrastructure objects in the data center. Also, the XaaS Extensibility - Anything as a Service. We're starting to utilize that more and more.

How has it helped my organization?

Lifecycle management has improved substantially. We're no longer seeing customers holding on to their resources because they're no longer difficult to create or destroy. We've seen substantial amounts of both builds and retirements. It also cleans up a lot of the manual operations that used to take… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the features that's a struggle today is some of the public cloud extensibility. Some of the plugins that are native to vRA and vRO, I'd like to see them come out earlier for vRO. I understand that in vRA, the plugins are a little bit more polished because vRA is the GUI. But we'd like to see… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to heavily invest in training in vRO. vRO is the backbone of what vRA does. I also recommend that you come up with a plan. Don't try to automate everything in the first step. Find the good use case and make sure you offer new value to the customers that you're building it for… more»
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What is VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)?

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.

Also known as
VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual

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