VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Overview

VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Management tools. It is most often compared to VMware vRealize Operations (vROps): VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) vs VMware vRealize Operations (vROps)

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.

VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is also known as VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite.

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VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Customers

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

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What users are saying about VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) pricing:
  • "Customers say this solution is costlier compared to its competitors."
  • "From a budget point of view, the pricing is a bit on the higher side."
  • "It is pricey for what you get."
  • "The pricing is very high."

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CTO at Moca Financial
Real User
Top 20
Automated deployment for developers, saving time on their release cycles

What is our primary use case?

I was part of the VMware team, doing a double role at VMware: * Leading a sales team for the large financial institutions, the top 50. * Defining what the roadmap for vRealize suite should be. I worked for a consulting company. We helped a lot of customers with many things for vRA from provisioning workflows automation to approvals and policies management. The solution provides a multi-cloud, self-service, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud consumption and delivery layer. vRA 7 was mostly focused on VMware-based internal clouds with a little bit of external clouds. vRA 8 is multi-cloud, which… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "A lot of its DevOps for infrastructure capabilities improve reliability. Much effort was put in by some customers, like a large automobile manufacturer, a large telecom, and two large banks, to achieve a certain level of capabilities in this space. These DevOps for infrastructure capabilities have saved time for developers. In one use case for a large marketplace, a typical release cycle took about 80 hours and was brought down to three hours by automating deployment for developers. The quicker that deployments happen, the faster that they can do their product release cycles."
  • "With the workflow aspect, which has manual intervention, a policy needs to be approved by somebody. There could be better management of that piece with better templates. It is like a workflow engine, but does not have enough example templates to do certain things. A lot of people waste a lot of time trying to figure out the same thing, and everybody is trying to figure out the same thing, e.g., how to make a MySQL cluster in a Windows environment?"

What other advice do I have?

For any cloud-related thing, you have to think it through. Things get sticky, like external firewalls. Distribute, network, and plan because you are not going to get it right the first few times. vRA is an orchestration engine, like a workflow engine. What it comes down to, because it is more of a generic tool, what are you using it for? I have seen in places that it has helped people in ITOps. VMware's goal is to build a long-standing partnership. I would rate it as a nine (out of 10).
RM
Sr. Technical Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides a single pane of glass for management; helping us to have a holistic view

What is our primary use case?

We were looking to have a single pane of glass (one console) to manage our complete infrastructure. It has helped us integrate having one user interface to manage our infrastructure and application templates. vRA's multi-cloud strategy is very important to us as a cloud service provider. The hardware that we use is Dell EMC.

Pros and Cons

  • "The DevOps for infrastructure capabilities has saved time for our developers by automating processes and reducing provisioning time. Task time has been reduced by 40 percent."
  • "They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements."

What other advice do I have?

If you are already a VMware, definitely consider the cost implications of going with vRA versus a competitor. VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is 100 percent mature on the private cloud. We don't have any issues working on it. We are using other solutions from VMware to extend our network security. Training is a continuous process. I would rate this product a nine out of 10.
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AK
Sr. Cloud Automation Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Automated our manually processes saving us time. Needs to reduce custom coding during setup.

What is our primary use case?

Our use case is infrastructure automation, like self-service. We utilize all the blades that we had available in the computes, mostly going into VMware vCenter. When I have been using it, it has been mostly for private compute.

Pros and Cons

  • "We provided the ability to request virtual machines to our end users. Before, this was a very manual process, which took engineers to do. Now, it's an automated process."
  • "VMware needs to make it to where it is not as custom. Right now, you spend a lot of time making the services work. In order to get it up and running initially, that takes time."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you give yourself enough time to implement or replace all your use cases as a business. The solution requires specific expertise with it to be able to use it effectively. I would rate this product as a seven (out of 10).
AC
IT Consultant at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Gives you flexibility to analyze and consume resources

What is our primary use case?

The goal was to bring the automation process to our customers using virtual machines. We were looking to do the hybrid connection with AWS. It can run on Linux and several versions of Windows that we have.

Pros and Cons

  • "vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions."
  • "The initial setup was complex from beginning to delivery. The current version is a bit more complex than version 7 to deploy."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend doing an integration with hybrid cloud. With vRA, this is excellent. I would rate this solution as an eight (out of 10).
TE
Cloud and Automation Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Helps in democratizing tools so that our end users can work efficiently and be more agile

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for infrastructure service, automating things in Active Directory, and deploying Microsoft SQL and Oracle databases. We are also using it to automate some scenarios within our infrastructure.

Pros and Cons

  • "Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components."
  • "It needs to be more dynamic with variable customization to make new workloads more reliable. It also needs to be faster. We are exploring vRA version 8 right now and maybe what I'm requesting is available in the new version, but we haven't yet explored it fully."
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