VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Valuable Features

RA
reviewer1317978
CTO at Moca Financial

Two things help out a lot: 

  1. Policy management.
  2. Integration with other VMware feeds, like ESXi Server. They have a pretty tight integration with those.

If you are trying to automate your capacity management tasks, moving VMs and resizing them, then you need to integrate down to the policy level by reconfiguring the use of servers. That is where these kinds of integration points help you.

vRA's multi-cloud self-service cloud consumption and delivery layer comes with centralized policy control and governance.

VMware cloud templates: These are predefined templates that work across multiple cloud, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. You can use the same templates across various clouds, even clouds that have AWS, Azure, and Google. So, you can have a blueprint and templates running across all of them.

vRA is most helpful in managing the whole lifecycle, taking out the server, bringing them back in, handling outages, and managing clusters, networks, and the entire infrastructure security out there as well as putting identity management all in one place. It creates a control point with its single pane of glass. You can control all the networks as well as their configuration and installation from one place, which is a strength of vRA.

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RM
RajM
Sr. Technical Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
  • vRealize Orchestrator
  • Catalog Service

The policy control is excellent. There are multiple security controls that we can achieve by using this tool. When we were siloed, the policy implementation and control were difficult.

We use the solution’s following DevOps for infrastructure capabilities:

  • The cloud templating standard for VMware Cloud infrastructure
  • VMware Cloud Templates
  • Infrastructure pipelining for continuous delivery
  • We partially use iterative development for GitOps use cases, as it is not very good.

These capabilities boosts our administration and management from a technical point of view and help our team maintain the solution. Reliability improved because now the CI/CD and DevOps are integrated and managed under the same team using the same software.

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AK
reviewer1397667
Sr. Cloud Automation Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Most valuable thing is that it's flexible. You can do anything with coding.

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AC
Reviewer03752
IT Consultant at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

You can consume resources into the data center and hybrid with AWS.

I can use the console with the dashboard. I also have access to the portal from Azure.

We use the cloud blueprints for Linux. I can use different templates on-premise and on the cloud via GCP. We can use traditional templates or develop new templates, using them to manage integration with the solution.

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TE
reviewer1026330
Cloud and Automation Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components.

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