VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Sr. Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 04 2017

What is most valuable?

* The automation, that is, being able to automate server deployment, including the option to do it manually if you want. * Being able to collect logs and diagnostic information in one central location.

How has it helped my organization?

I can build machines quickly and deploy them from a central location to whichever worldwide datacenter we need. Also, we can collect system logs from all clusters and hosts, and then we're able to troubleshoot and view logs in one central location. This is a good thing because it saves time.

What needs improvement?

They just need to keep expanding it adding additional features.

What other advice do I have?

It simplifies daily chores, so go get it.
Vendor
Product Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 04 2017

What is most valuable?

When managing vRA and trying to use the keep-it-simple model I found that setting up an access control system where anyone could request access with ease. I really thought that the ability to use AD groups throughout the product made it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to reduce the delivery time of requesting a VM from three weeks to under 10 minutes using the vRealize Automation Suite.

What needs improvement?

The way this product handles logging has a long way to go. VMware addresses this by using agents to gather the logs from various locations and condense them for you. Managing templates and the way they interact with blueprints needs… more»

What other advice do I have?

VMware’s vRealize Automation is a good product, made for large enterprises. From my experience, vRA requires a highly skilled team to maintain, version upgrades without downtime are not possible, and overall it doesn’t scale fast. Every… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to my arriving on the team, they compared this product to OpenStack and KVM.
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Lead Technical Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the EBS (Event Broker Subscription) and NSX integration with BP designer.

How has it helped my organization?

Multiple BPs can be deployed with EBS and PG (Property Group) in a lot less time.

What needs improvement?

IaaS components: I have an assumption that all the IaaS components will be migrated to a Linux appliance, then I think the communication between the Linux appliance and the IaaS components will happen… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first product we used.

What other advice do I have?

Use it for automation in order to achieve Agility, Efficiency and Control over the IT Service Delivery..

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not look at alternatives; this is the ultimate product.

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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