VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Valuable Features

Sr Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 operating systems and things. So it works together with our infrastructure. We don't have a very complex environment, we don't have NSX yet or anything really crazy, but all the things we do have, it has been able to interoperate with them. It is intuitive and user-friendly. It took some growing. We had to figure it out in the beginning, but that was a couple versions ago. We like the improvements that have been made over time, so it's definitely been able to progress with the environment. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 an all-encompassing cloud solution. Additional features also allowed us, as the service provider, to configure branding options for the site itself, as well as full integration into the orchestration layer, including workflows, security control, reporting, billing for our cloud admins, tenant admins, and end-user (customer). The most valuable feature is vRA’s ability to integrate whether with additional VMware vRealize suites or other vendors' cloud products. Also, vRA in combination with vCenter Orchestrator makes it very easy to design, import, and deliver quality workflows and blueprints. These can be used for various functions within the cloud portal, from both a production as well as a business-continuity perspective. Examples include automated failover activities in combination with SRM and SRA Replication, VM deployments based on a catalog, being able to roll out an entire LAMP stack dev environment with the click of a button, or ingest and inject data into back-end CMBDs, etc. Its fully integrates with network and storage virtualization via NSX and workflow development, and secure APIs are available to customize automation using other vendor tools such as Puppet, Chef and/or PowerShell. There are many features that I find extremely valuable but vRA’s ability to be a central hub for all of the parts that make up a hosted private or multi-tenant cloud solution is extremely valuable. Ultimately, the outcome of this design is a highly available and agile solution with a wide array of integration that enables you to provide a fully automated, scalable private cloud solution that can meet the market and customer demands now and in the future. I have listed some additional features below for general reference: * Easy integration into other VMware-based vRealize cloud products via SSO * Single pane of glass interface * Parameterized blueprints to enhance reusability and reduce sprawl * Policy-based optimization of virtual machine placement * NSX integration enhancements * Enhanced control of NSX-provisioned load balancers * Enhanced NAT port forwarding rules * NSX security group and tag management * Automated high-availability for NSX Edge Services * NSX Edge size selection * Enhanced vRealize Business for Cloud integration – cloud nanagement platform * Improvements to high-availability * Health Service * Configuration Automation Framework – Puppet Integration * REST API View full review »
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Product Engineer at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 across the industries. The ability for it to be compatible across many different products is really what's important to me because that's what's selling: being able to go cross-platform and be hybrid. That's the most important feature. After that, ease of use would be up there too. We also like the GUI display which ties in the non-devs with the devs and helps them work together. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 team which has some specific requirements. We can keep track of them and deploy things automatically. The tool is also usable for Windows and Linux and Mac. We have people who access the tool who have different requirements. For example, I'm in Windows, but we have a Linux group that also uses the tool, and some of the people in the networking department use Macs. So it's very usable across different functional groups. We have also found it to be intuitive and user-friendly. It's something that, because it has the workflows that are very easily graphed out - you can follow what it's doing, it's very picturesque, you can see what it's doing easily - it's something that you can hand over to a user who is not familiar with it and they can wrap their brain around it pretty quickly. The networking group, which doesn't access the finer features of VMware a lot, we give it to them. When they want to deploy a tool, they can see what it's doing very quickly. It's not something that you have to understand a scripting language for to see what it's doing. View full review »
Bob Plankers
Solutions Architect at a university
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 can turn to a Window and provision things when they need it. The end result is it appears to be more agile, then the back-end is just the back end. * vRealize Automation has improved the speed of provisioning just by automating things, making people think about whether a human really needs to do something or can we make the machines do it for us. It is a lot faster to deploy things now. * It has improved time to market. Just by improving them, making provisioning increases, time to provision, time to market is a definitely improved. * It makes a developer's life easier. They don't have to interact with their sys admins for everything anymore. It's an empowering thing. We can automate a number of things which weren't automated before, then tie into things like VMware NSX and vRealize Operations Manager. We put things into their hands directly that were never there before, so not only do they feel empowered, but they can get their job done faster. View full review »
Craig Debban
IT Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
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 that we're in or that are being provisioned. We also know that every environment being provisioned has a lifespan. It affects capacity, so it's great for budgeting, from my perspective, and good for my team. In terms of it being user-friendly, we have a technical group, so understanding what they're provisioning, what subnet they're going to be using, the security profiles we have, with a straight developer that doesn't have all the bells and whistles, that's one part. If it needs to be on a certain VLAN, they can put it there if it's going to be used for a different purpose. It's that ability and flexibility to provide the different choices for our team in a straightforward format so they can do the services themselves. View full review »
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
James Jones
IT Manager at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
The solution is intuitive and user-friendly. It only took three months to start a private cloud. It was very good. Guys that didn't have a lot of knowledge in scripting picked up on it. Then I hired a VMware solutions architect and it just skyrocketed from there because he knew the ins and outs. View full review »
David Gangwish
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the portal where you can assign permissions to specific people to request specific items in the catalog and allow them to provision things for themselves. Or it enables them to request different services that you can create through vRO and vRA. View full review »
DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The integration with the whole VRA ecosystem and in the enterprise environments are the features I have found to be the most valuable. This solution is intuitive and user-friendly, although it is missing different ways it can be automated. I would like to use it not only to form the user interface but in a more programmatic way like APIs. View full review »
Daniel Pratt
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Valuable features include the extensibility of it and the customization of a lot of the Blueprints, that you can customize, and the community as a whole. There's a ton of community-generated Blueprints that might be (helpful) to set up a design for your automation needs, that you can use as a base and go on from there and make changes to it. That would probably be the biggest thing. Once it's deployed, managing it is pretty intuitive. View full review »
Lloyd Havekost
Linear Dimensions, Consultant at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are that it's multi-tenant and the ability for scale. From a customer perspective, they log in and they have Catalog: what services are available to them. They simply click on that and then there's an option: I can have a Linux server, I can have a Windows server. They select it, configure it, how many CPUs, how much memory, how much storage, and hit the button, submit. It's that easy. View full review »
Alain Dalis
Technical Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's intuitive and user-friendly for the user, but not intuitive and user-friendly for the implementer because the templates are not easy to set up. For the end user, it's quite easy, but it's a fulltime job for the implementer and we don't have the time for it. This is why we used a service to implement instead of us. We don't have the time to focus on that. View full review »
Sr. Manager, Open Systems Service Desk at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valued feature is the streamlining of the DevOps process, automation and orchestration. It provides the ability for the entire Dev lifecycle to actually be incorporated into a single stream. That's our primary focus. View full review »
James Thomas
Customer Apps Manager at TSTT
Among the valuable features are the ease and speed of creating the VMs. Originally, we provisioned them manually and it would take us two days to do the provisioning. We have a lot of internal items that need approvals from lines of business, but with the automation, we are able to provision a VM with the click of a button, within seconds. It cut down on the time as well as cut down on the expense and employee cost in provisioning. It is also intuitive and user-friendly. Those who use the tool, they are techy, they understand the technology. However, with vRealize we can have a Help Desk individual, who might not be that techy, provision the different elements quite easily, with no almost training at all. That in itself is a plus for us, especially with our having a high turnover of staff. In training, they see how easy it is to use. The time for training to bring them up to speed is very short and they are then able to provision the application. View full review »
Ashok Padmaraju
Technical Manager at Gilead Sciences, Inc.
The most valuable feature is that, instead of doing the VMotion manually, we have automated everything with a script, using vRealize. That means I don't need to think about things like compatibility. The system will do everything for me and just give me a report. It's very user-friendly. It is not hard to go and find things. There is a one-click Help that you can use to find all the documentation you need to manage it. View full review »
Brian Wurtzel
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
To manage when VMs aren't being used, we have it set up so that it will auto-destroy them after a certain amount of time, obviously with permission from the user who owns it. View full review »
Senior Associate at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
I personally spend a lot of time in vRealize Orchestrator, so being able to directly tie into the back end on the APIs, I find that to be what really is the most advantageous thing for me. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Ease of use, the GUI, is probably the best feature, so that really anybody can use it. You don't have to be technical to be able to deploy a VM. I find it to be intuitive and user-friendly. Regarding some of the files that you feed it, you don't have to do a ton of development. You can feed it pretty standard configuration files. You don't have to be a developer, you don't have to know C# or Java or the like to get it going. View full review »
Systems Admin at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
I find the system to be intuitive and user-friendly. In general, I'm quite happy with the entire setup. Once you configure the system, navigating the portal is pretty simple. They use a lot of the vSphere UI interface structure so it's intuitive, especially if you have used anything vSphere-related before. View full review »
System Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the way that it plugs into our monitoring systems, and Infoblox and Puppet. View full review »
Gowthaman N
Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Let's take compute, for example. At compute we have seen, in a session here at VMworld 2018, with AWS or Azure or GCP, you are able to create an abstract layer on top of it and manage it. That's what automation at the cloud level is. Similarly, when we are talking about hypervisors, whether it is Linux or Windows, we have been able to create hypervisors and to deploy the solutions on the same server. That's the kind of automation which we are bringing in. It's a complete solution. Looking at the desktop level, desktop virtualization, VDI-related solutions are there. View full review »
Brent Tate
Senior Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of vRealize Automation is being able to - as the name says -automate VMware executions, to be able to automatically reboot; servers, power them up; add applications. That's useful to us in IT. View full review »
Principal Vendor Manager at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
What I like about the software are the performance and the optimization, based on the unit pricing. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Self-service: Letting the end-users deploy their own machines so the administrators are hands-off at that point. The user-friendliness is seen in the minimal training that is required to get them up and running, to start deploying machines and accessing. View full review »
Technical consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The automation part is valuable, especially where vRA integrates with vRO, because it reduces the amount of effort we have to make. View full review »
Ops Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The self-service capabilities are by far the best that we've seen in terms of features. If the user is being able to log in and make requests himself, from the onboarding process all the way to the end, that's very helpful. View full review »
IT Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the automation of the deployment of the whole machine. We also use it to pre-install the applications that the people selected when they ordered the machine, so they get a fully functional machine. View full review »
DevOps Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The self service portal: People don't have to come to us to request something. They can just go fill out a form. Within 30 minutes, they have what they requested. View full review »
Sys Admin at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
All you do is just press a button, it cranks it out and everything is consistent, so that's one nice thing about it. The speed is also a valuable feature. View full review »
Solution Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
When I've been on the console, I have found it very intuitive. There is not a lot to it; it's pretty self-explanatory. It leads you in a direction where you know what you're doing. View full review »
Daniele Ulrich
Cloud Architect at Swisscom
We like the blueprint designer. We can create topologies with it. I have found it to be user-friendly because it's very UI centric. We have a problem that most of our developers would like to have it more on a flat file format. For our end user, it's just perfect. View full review »
Principal Systems Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
I can make a blueprint with an Active Directory deployment. With everything prepared, people can start installing our products. View full review »
Network Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
* Self-service for the servers * Reclamation * Self-service for all of our IT or development teams to expand and decrease their environments at will View full review »
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the metrics and reporting aspects. The historical data and extraction enable us to tell where the trends are and where contentions may exist in the future. I also like that it reduces the human interaction and requirement. View full review »
Marcel Swartjes
Project Architect
The most valuable feature for us is the fact that it is self-service. View full review »
Sebastien Duthil
Cloud engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
We like that it gives the user the possibility to deploy on their own, we have found that to be a very valuable feature. View full review »
IT Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The entire automation orchestration of it. It integrates into all of the other products that we have, e.g., ServiceNow. We have a self-service portal, and it does that very well. View full review »
Head of Cloud and Technology with 1,001-5,000 employees
The portal is the most valuable feature. The Orchestrator with automation is also valuable. We try to leverage the automation and self-service portal. We trust these two feature allow us to increase time to market, agility, etc. For the customer, it is intuitive and user-friendly. View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like the automation that it provides to deploy VMs and multiple apps. The integration with NSX and AWS for endpoints, which allows us to manage workloads, such as the comparison that it does between different VMs. It can do this in AWS or Azure. Any new VM admin simplifies deployment. Instead of only deploying templates, we can deploy blueprints which are easier on day-to-day operations for an organization. View full review »
Systems engineer
We like the various kinds of tools to automate stuff but not a lot of them have a self-service portal. If you were to compare it to different kinds of automation tools a self-service portal is unique. I have not found this solution to be user-friendly. It's very complicated. The demo shows that you can automate anything but they only show basic scenarios. If you want to do anything more complicated than that, it becomes very complicated to set up. View full review »
Ryan Thele
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the capacity to automate around the issues that come up, the alarms. It's also absolutely easy and intuitive. It uses the same basic layout as the rest of the product suite so it's really easy to navigate, find your way around between the tabs and the areas. View full review »
Ahmet Oztuna
Technical Project Manager at Bilgibim
The most valuable feature is the automation. They now save time because there is one person who manages all of the virtualization servers and the storage sites at this university. Another valuable feature is the flexible user interface. They can manage all of the servers, the full lifecycle of VMs, on one screen. View full review »
Principal Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
* Reliability * Scalability The product itself is future rich, because of the HA componentry. The DRS VMotion gives you the ability to lose physical hardware. It can predict to move workloads before hardware failures. That is a new feature with VMware. It senses the hardware is having issues. Another feature is it now has predictability built into it, which is something new. View full review »
Systems Engineer with 10,001+ employees
It integrates with our backup solution. View full review »
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I think the ability to create blueprints and define our lab environments and vRAs. It's really easy for anyone to use it. Just drag and drop VMs and all these other components into the Blueprint Composer. I think having the ability to create different tenants, having a catalog items, and having a different user base go in there and having them pick from the specific items that they want; have them be more living in control. View full review »
Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
The automation of the redundant tasks and the implementation of ServiceNow are huge for us, as we are a cloud provider to the campus. It will allow us to automate a lot of tasks that constituents need done, which is very important to us. In terms of it being user-friendly and intuitive, from what I've used, the little bit I've done in hands-on labs, it's been pretty easy. View full review »
Vice president at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature would be the scalability. It's very easy to add more capacity into it once you've already got it set up. It's just cases deploy, and more hypervisors and we're off. In terms of provisioning, it has definitely helped speed-wise. It simplifies making the environment bigger because it's easier to scale out. We don't have the downtime of having to wait to get more hardware and to add it in. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
* Virtualization * The replication to our remote R&D data centers. View full review »
IT Professional
The customer can set up multiple machine blueprints. Therefore, we are able to customize the template of three machines, then the customer can deploy without knowing anything about the IT business. View full review »
Robin Naundorf
Systems Engineer at a university
It's quite user friendly. Everyone can use it, even non-technical people. This is good, since we use it to build a self-service portal which even users with not a lot of technical background can use. View full review »
Cloud Services Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the Catalog View and the access control business group. Access provisioning is probably the main use case for us, so we can separate access to different Catalog items among the different business groups and have that tied back to our AD LDAP systems. View full review »
Carsten Fraszcak
Team Lead Private Cloud at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
* It has the possibility to combine different clouds. * We can provide internal VMs and also VMs from AVS for our customers. * Our users can order VMs using the API. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
* Integration with Infoblox, for IP management * Three-tier app deployment as one unified Blueprint View full review »
Laurentiu Coica
Team leader infrastructure at Asseco SEE
I like that it is easy to deploy the infrastructure. I have found 7.4 to be user-friendly but 7.5 is not, in fact, it's a nightmare. They changed everything on the graphic user interface, the mode where the user interacts with the product. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* The agility that it offers. * The flexibility that it offers. * The scalability that it offers for us to serve our end customers. That's really helpful. View full review »
IT Architect at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
* Manageability of the blueprints. * Integration with the rest of VMware solutions. * Availability of the Orchestrator. * It is intuitive and user-friendly. View full review »
Tivagar Polanippan
IT Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
vRA is a great tool. It gives a lot of flexibility. It gives the customer an experience to automate their processes, their provisioning process. So, we widely adopt that into our environment to automate a lot of provisioning processes to automate the VM provisioning. Thus, it's a great tool, which actually gives a lot of flexibility in terms of provisioning and orchestration. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator at Webroot Software
The most valuable feature is that I do not have to create a virtual machine for these people and have them do a small task with it, then dispose of it. View full review »
Director of Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The blueprint functionality of the product is intuitive and user-friendly. The concept of the blueprints is visual and easy to use. View full review »
Wilson Pardini
Executive Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the process it provides us and the time it takes us to deliver to our clients. I also find it to be intuitive and user-friendly. View full review »
Luke Kesselring
EVS Engineer 3 at Cabela's
There are a lot of different benefits with this product, because there are a lot of things that we're trying to automate. There's another guy within my group, he's the administrator of vROps. He's been able to implement a lot of things, and help us script things for monitoring, for patching, and a whole lot of things. It's definitely got a value and it saves us a lot of time. View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Orchestration * Out-of-the-box integration with Database-as-a-Service * Storage-as-a-service * Backup-as-a-service View full review »
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The automation is consistent. The front-end is user-friendly and intuitive. View full review »
Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Automation * Catalog * Blueprints View full review »
Edgar Voss
Information Technology Services at TUI InfoTec GmbH
The quick provisioning: We get a lot of things done automatically within hours. These things lasts days or weeks in further situations. The solution is intuitive and user-friendly. E.g., you have less number of logins. View full review »
Senior Systems Admin at a consultancy with self employed
* Automation * Ability to deploy heavy workloads quickly * Ease of use and the flexibility View full review »
Computer Repairman with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's scalable. As the needs of the university grow, it's growing with us. View full review »
Head of IT at Interswitch
It provides visibility into the VM space. It is user-friendly to a greater extent. View full review »
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