VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) Competitors and Alternatives

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Parham Shabaniani
Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Enables us to maximize the available capacity of the environment that workloads are using

What is our primary use case?

We evaluated Calm primarily as an automation platform because that's what it is. I work for a service provider and we represent a lot of customers. Our journey with Calm started because we wanted to decentralize our platform of services to customers, because agility is one of the biggest concerns. As a service provider, we have very rigid practices because we follow ITIL processes. If we're managing a customer's environment, we need to have controls. The unfortunate reality of controls is that they add rigidity, and that works in contrast to the agility of cloud where customers want to be able… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We use Calm's one-click self-service feature and it's really transforming the team's efficiency. The teams are used to being reactive, which is typical of what you find in IT organizations and service providers. Customers run into problems and teams react. What we're trying to do is reduce that slope and be more proactive in approach. The one-click ability is enabling us to take some of those activities and put them into operation, versus people manually responding."
  • "While there are multiple clouds supported, we want less friction around the ease of delivery. We want the ability to integrate other clouds, unify the accounts."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be patience. It's very exciting and sometimes you want to jump in with both feet and go really fast. It's not that I'm against that, but my take is that it's such a capable platform that you should take on things that you can achieve and then achieve them. Take on activities that you can succeed with and show that incremental progress. Sometimes you want to take on too much and go big-bang. As enticing as that is, take on pieces of Calm and succeed with them, and let the platform evolve. Don't try to wholesale adopt it too fast. If you're more traditional in nature and you're…
Todd Winkler
Principal Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Lets us take a good look at our environment and decide how we will size our workloads into new areas

What is our primary use case?

Currently, we're doing migrations for older versions of Windows, both in the Azure Cloud and on-prem in our VMware vCenters. We use this tool to do comparisons between the current and future workloads and what would they look like, based on the usage. So, it is kind of a rightsizing exercise or rightsizing, either downsizing or upsizing, depending on the requirements. We just put all that information into Turbonomic, and it builds us out a new VM, exactly the size that we need, based on the trending and analysis. Then, you can also put in some factors, saying, "Look, it was Windows 2008, and… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It has automated a lot of things. We have saved 30 to 35 percent in human resource time and cost, which is pretty substantial. We don't have a big workforce here, so we have to use all the automation we can get."
  • "There are a few things that we did notice. It does kind of seem to run away from itself a little bit. It does seem to have a mind of its own sometimes. It goes out there and just kind of goes crazy. There needs to be something that kind of throttles things back a little bit. I have personally seen where we've been working on things, then pulled servers out of the VMware cluster and found that Turbonomic was still trying to ship resources to and from that node. So, there has to be some kind of throttling or ability for it to not be so buggy in that area. Because we've pulled nodes out of a cluster into maintenance mode, then brought it back up, and it tried to put workloads on that outside of a cluster. There may be something that is available for this, but it seems very kludgy to me."

What other advice do I have?

If you have a big shop, and it's scattered all over the place, then definitely take a look at this tool. Make sure you take a look at this tool because there is probably fit for purpose licensing for any size organization. It's a great automation process. Turbonomic shows application metrics and estimates the impact of taking a suggested action based on its input from AppDynamics. So, we plug it into AppDynamics, then AppDynamics and Turbonomic seem to work together for that. It knows what business-critical applications we have, but I don't think it manages anything specifically within the…
UlfWernersson
Senior Infrastructure Consultant at Real Time Services AB
Consultant
Top 20
Complete solution for managing operations, easy to use with a great dashboard, good technical support

What is our primary use case?

I started looking into this solution because we needed something more to simplify and help manage if you have different vendors with cloud solutions. We looked at the price, as well as what should replace certain things in an easier way that was fast and easy. We use this solution to see how it can create dashboards for different parts of the world.

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is fast and very easy to understand, even if you are not a technician."
  • "If you are working with the OS you need help and other connectors to get more information."

What other advice do I have?

If you start working with this solution then you will know what you can achieve with this product. It's better to have a large product to see what you can achieve with it because, quite often, they don't even know what they want from it and why. If you have started on the cloud journey, you don't use everything. With the OS, they show their tools and they do everything. Maybe on-premises they have all of the information that you need to use. You will need to access to see where working with an on-premises version would be better than the cloud in terms of cost. It's a good start to making…
ITCS user
Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 5
Multiple automations and self-explanatory dashboards have enabled the overall operations load on my team to come down considerably

What is our primary use case?

We have two different clusters in the environment one is an all flash cluster of 40 nodes and other one is a hybrid cluster of 4 nodes and are on the way to introduce another all flash cluster of 9 nodes in the environment. All the clusters have VMs as well as file servers hosted in them. Managing multiple clusters with mix of VMs and file servers by logging into multiple console will lead to additional operations overhead and also can cause delay in incident resolution as operations team will have to login to particular management console and carry out the remediation activities.

Pros and Cons

  • "Moreover, the deployment process was so easy and smooth that post rack and stack and management IP configuration, it just took less than 2 days to configure the cluster of 40 nodes, upgrade the firmware, create file service and VM space and integrate with our infrastructure."
  • "It will be better if they can extend this to non-AHV hypervisors and also non-Nutanix clusters so that people who need this feature but can not goto HCI currently can make use of this product."
Matjaž Godec
CoOwner & CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good optimization but is immature and integration is complicated

Pros and Cons

  • "The optimization of the solution is quite interesting."
  • "The solution is still quite immature."

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Red Hat. I'm not sure of which version of the solution we are using. It's some aspect of version four. We use both hybrid and on-premises deployment models. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the solution at a five.
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