VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Reviews

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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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
Consultant
Lead Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 06 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like the most about vRA: Its seamless ability for users to be able to go pick a catalog item that we have created… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has made our developers be a bit more agile, instead of like old days, where it was, "Okay, we need a new environment… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things we saw in the initial phase was our integration with our development domains, where if we want to have… more»

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

The vRealize Suite, it is a very expensive product. However, with all the things it did offer us, in the long run, it made… more»

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

At a prior company that I came from, we used vCloud Director, and that was a product I loved. It was something I could not… more»

What other advice do I have?

Really pay attention to how you design your blueprints and your workflows, because a lot of developers do not want to do… more»
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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Senior IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to customize your own portal. We've gotten to the point now where we've used it to create this whole environment for users to be able to self-provision their own machines… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to do everything manually. Up until just a few months ago, we used to have little reviews where, if they wanted a VM, they would come to us, tell us what they wanted, then… more»

What needs improvement?

Since I haven't been able to get as far into version 7, I haven't actually gotten into the guts of it, I don't know if this taking place already. But perhaps more blueprints of common… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think documentation and support are probably the most important things. If you don't care about documentation and support, you can grab a free one and try and build it. If you want… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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
VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) customers

Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual


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