VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) Previous Solutions

Senior Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
When I started with my current company, seven years ago, they were using another solution and it was terrible. It didn't give us any of the planning, the change management, any of that stuff that was built into the vROps. To be honest, vROps didn't even exist back then so they pretty much did what they had to do. When vROps was offered, it still took us a while to get familiar enough with it to adopt it and, ever since then, we've been happy with what we've been given. In terms of actually selecting a vendor, my opinion on what is important has just changed. Our storage vendor is just getting bought out after a period of uncertainty, so I would have to say longevity, first of all; stability. We need to know that they're going to be around tomorrow. Also, somebody that continuously innovates. I did a press release almost 10 years ago for VMware and one of the statements that I made then still holds true. I said, "VMware gives me things that I didn't know I needed, and now I can't live without." I still think that that's the way to judge whether or not they're still giving me what I think they should. They're constantly giving me things, features that maybe somebody else is asking for. A lot of times, they are things I had never considered before and then I look at them and I say "I have to have that". If I don't look at your product and say, "I have to have that," then I probably won't buy your product because I hate going to ask for money. View full review »
Engineering Manager at Deloitte
We had a lot of homegrown solutions and different products. We have Splunk, we're using Tableau, different reporting services that were based on gathering our own data, power CLI scripts, going out and individually running things against vCenters, pulling them back in, and then dumping them into something centrally that we could view for capacity. But it really was point-in-time, it wasn't real-time, it wasn't something that could even be predictive for us. We would look at it and say, "Well, that looked different last month so let me go look and see why," and then it was a lot more time-consuming to go about that method. It was more of a manual method. vROps is a tool that gathers that data every five minutes, or whatever the time duration is that you have set for collections. We're more up to the minute, more quick to respond. I think it's a smarter product than homegrown stuff. That's why we moved away from the homegrown stuff. When looking to select a vendor, they need to be innovative. They really need to not just answer the need but go above and beyond it. And then cost is a big factor as well. View full review »
Chuck Jones
Systems Architect at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using Foglight when Dell purchased Foglight; it was with somebody else before. That solution was very cumbersome, very hard. We needed to have a couple of people who were Foglight experts to make it work within our infrastructure and get any valuable use out of it. It became more of a burden. When VMware came to us and said, "This is what we have," we PoC'ed it, liked it, purchased it, and have been using it ever since. Once it is set up, it is easy for our guys to use it and get value out of it, without having to be some kind of expert. View full review »
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Christian Petrarca
Manager, Sever Storage at Trinity Health Of New Engineerland
We didn't have anything in place, we were just vCenter. But with vCenter, you don't get the alarms and alerts in an intuitive fashion and you don't have the organization that you have with vROps. It goes a long way with that one pane of glass. View full review »
Senior Technical Architect at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use foglight, and I have to admit vrealize is way better, but we really don't spend much time in either product. We haven't switched we use both to manage different assets View full review »
Kieron Ifill
Principle System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It became apparent we needed to switch when our tickets-to-resolve timeline was significantly higher. We weren't meeting SLAs as we needed to. With the introduction of this solution, we were able to meet the demand, rather than just meet SLAs. Through the trending analysis that we can do, it allowed us to quickly and easily right-size the capacity from a cluster. In addition, when issues did arise, it helped us to quickly identify what those problems actually were. The main advantage was time. We got a lot of time back that we could then use to innovate and optimize our environment. View full review »
Steve Lain
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are a few solutions out there that we never made the investment in it. I like to call what we used before "Kentucky Windage": You lick your finger and figure out which way the wind is going. That was our capacity planning and troubleshooting method before that. There was a lot of knowledge and time spent doing it all in the past. This has made it to where, when we suspect something, we can go look right at it and see what's going on. View full review »
Tushar Tarkas
Virutalization Architect at Calsoft Pvt. Ltd.
I have seen a lot of custom home grown solutions in the industry before people started integrating with VMware Operations. I have been attending VMware events and part of the VMware club. Being part of VMware, I know about this product. That is where and how I started integrating with the product. View full review »
Chris Beardsley
Database Systems Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was something that we tried out and then it became our solution. It evolved on us and became something that we could mold to our environment. In this case, what made us look at it was its involvement with Epic, having that plugin for it. That's what originally got us going. Epic is an investment, it's huge. So to have something that could bring those components to the forefront, to show you if there are any problem spots, was worthwhile. View full review »
William Earles
Director Of Infrastructure Services at Yavapai College
We really weren't using anything before. We tinkered around with some third-party products. Then I came to one of the VMworld conferences a few years back, and they were talking about - it was called something else before, like vCOPs, vCenter Operations. I sat through a spiel on that and realized it called out 90 percent of the things that I needed to know about and that I was getting calls on. View full review »
Ben Moore
Lead Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
This is the first solution that we deployed for total enterprise monitoring. We went with vROps because we were heavily invested in the VMware architecture, so it made sense to go that route. View full review »
System Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We bought some tools from vCenter. We had to go through all the logs yourself, all the metrics ourselves. It tied into our UCS system that we had attached to our UCS, Hitachi system, and vCenter system. We could all the stuff in one pane of glass, which is nice, but it was one of those things that we had to do a lot under the covers to make things work for us. The criteria that we look for when we evaluate a solution are functionality, price, and feature set. View full review »
Lead Senior Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The EMR provider that we went with, it was pretty much a strong recommendation for their default build that we go with vROps. It was really a no-brainer when we looked into the cost that it added to what was already a multi-million dollar project. It was a small investment at that time. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We didn't have a solution at the get-go. Once we implemented this, we actually saw the grand scheme, or a higher level, from top-down, of our whole virtualized environment, that we weren't getting before without really deep-diving into the underlying hypervisor level. That's really what we've been using it for. View full review »
Micah Plourd
Senior Tech Engineer at McKinsey & Company
Having too many monitoring tools is a typical IT problem and the advantage with this solution was that this was giving us the ability not only to check the health of the environment and give operations team a heads up dashboard in order to see the health of the environment, but also have the options for resource reclamation which was a major selling point. View full review »
Specialist Virtualization at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
We had a number of small-scale monitoring solutions in our environment, but nothing that really tied together what we do, as a whole for our group, which is storage virtualization and the compute side. This product brings all those pieces into one interface and now we can actually correlate data between them. View full review »
Cloud Lead at Molina Healthcare, Inc.
When I started at the organization, we had other, existing competitors, and we also had vROps, but it wasn't fully scaled-out for our organization. But I saw the value just based on my experience. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are a lot of third-party monitoring and other tools that you can buy, but we decided to go with VMware's product in that it would be kept up-to-date together with vCenter and ESX, then everything should jive together a lot nicer. View full review »
Craig Sutton
System Administrator at Western Carolina university
We didn't really have anything. That's why this has been such a great integration into our system. Among the most important criteria when selecting vendor, building a good relationship is a key step. If they are talkative, they respond, they give us the information we want, that's the best first step. And then, actually delivering on the product. There are a lot of times we get a product they say does something and we test it and find out it really doesn't have that capability, or there are caveats to it that weren't mentioned. So delivering on the products, their features, and building that relationship, are important when selecting a vendor. View full review »
Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of the decision to go with vROps, It was more along the lines of, "Hey, this is out, this is available to you, it's going to improve things for you." It was a no-brainer because you don't want to do things the hard way. View full review »
Blogger at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We didn't really have anything before, we were just relying on vCenter. So we needed something. When we did our PoC bakeoff, we liked vROps the best. The most important criteria we look for in a vendor are * scalability * cost * performance. It's really a total-package thing. Cost, performance, scalability, and does it do what we want it to do? Does it fit into our ecosystem, our portfolio? There are a lot of variables there. View full review »
Senior Virtual Desktop Engineer at Madison Technical College
Previously, we weren't doing much monitoring at all. vRealize became our monitoring solution for VDI. The usage metrics were the driving force behind purchasing vROps and setting it up and spending the time to learn it. View full review »
IT Specialist at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Beforehand, we were using ESXi and we were going in and logging our benchmarks. In terms of switching to vROps, again, right now, it's still a proof of concept, it's not in production. But we're exploring the functionality and we're exploring the capacity and the potential. Our most important criteria when selecting or working with a vendor include a couple of factors that are critical for us, within our organization: Factors related to cost and performance. But in addition, there are things related to security: NIST 800-53, NIAP Common Criteria at a high level. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at SMC USA
We weren't previously using another solution. Other than just general NetFlow products, nothing really shows the visualization of the network flow like what we're seeing with Network Insight. View full review »
Andy Weissenborn
CTO at NHS Connecting for Health
We were using the technology and it was just burning up too much physical resource, so having this gives that reassurance factor that we can size things appropriately. Investing was a very straightforward process. View full review »
Marcelo Jurevicius
IT Specialist at Experian
We were using a lab manager before that and that was decommissioned so this was the next solution for what we needed. We needed to have a self-service environment for our developers, customer care, the ability to deploy machines, destroy machines, complete the entire VM life cycle and it does. View full review »
Systems Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We didn't have a previous solution. We purchased it when we got an Enterprise Agreement with VMware. We had to buy some more stuff and this is one of the things we bought. View full review »
Chris Ray
Supervisor of Network Engineering at a hospitality company with 501-1,000 employees
We knew we needed to do something different. One of the big complaints from development had always been that they were waiting on us. We talked with our local VMware team about this and started down this road. It took about a year to get it done, but we finally got the buy-in by packaging it with NSX for our security folks - they've got deep pockets. So we were able to get the whole project done. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have always used this solution. We wanted something so that we have a total view of our infrastructure and that's why we use this product. We haven't used any other product for that purpose. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * its stability in the market * how many people are using the product * what the support structure is like for the product. Those are the main criteria. View full review »
Information Technology Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
vROps actually came with the license package that we bought. Once I knew we owned it I just downloaded it and installed it. View full review »
Chief Architect For Virtualization at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Unfortunately, we were using vFoglight and that thing was the most complicated solution. You needed to be a rocket scientist to even use it. We were glad to get rid of it after three years, and we've been extremely pleased since we migrated. The most important criteria, for us, when selecting a vendor are * reliability * length of time in the industry * tech support. View full review »
Senior Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We didn't really have anything previously. The only things we had before were SCOM and the normal monitoring tool in vCenter. We needed something else that showed us everything in one picture, that showed what's happening to one server or a cluster, or whatever we needed to look at. We needed one good tool. We went with vROps because of our good relations with VMware and good pricing. For me, the most important criteria when selecting a vendor are that the solution is * easy to use * easy to integrate with VirtualCenter. View full review »
Sysadmin at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We chose this solution because we are using VMware, and the rest of the suite, so it was just a logical decision to go with Operations Manager. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had been using an external monitoring solution called Zenoss. It worked great. We still use it, but we weren't getting good insights into the depths of VMware. vROps, for what it does is absolutely fantastic. It's good because it comes straight from VMware. We're not messing around with some third-party product. They know their stuff, obviously. When selecting a vendor, what's important for me is stability, that the vendor has been around for a little while, and that they've got good, solid tech support. View full review »
Lead Technical Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
We didn't have a solution that gave us in-depth performance stats or capacity planning in the VMware stack. We were a VMware customer, so it made sense to go with a VMware product. Compared to other products the feature set, use cases, and costs of vROps are fine. It's the integration points that led us to go with VMware, there's better, tighter integration using vROps. View full review »
Richard Mulcahy
Data Center Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have a contact at VMware who I spoke to about software issues and he pointed us to this solution. We used RVTools many years ago but we needed something more enterprise. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We did not have a previous solution. We incorporated vRealize when we deployed our vCenter environment. Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is to minimize downtime. As long as it works... It had to be really good for us to be a partner. View full review »
Technical Expert at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We weren't using anything else previously. It was the case that we were missing a monitoring solution, and this solution was the obvious fit because of the integration with everything that we already had in place. View full review »
IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
We didn't have a previous solution. We needed something to fill that gap. When selecting a vendor, what's important for us is whether or not they can fill the need. That's top of the list, and behind that would be support. View full review »
Senior Application Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We chose to move from HPE to VMware because the HPE was end-of-life. We were looking for a new product that was easier to use. Also, it is a matter of the length of time it takes to get done what you want to do within the product. In order to get down to where I'm able to actually code script into HPEOO takes well over 10 minutes, just to get to that point. The library within our Dev environment was just massive and crawled. Whenever it would try to do callbacks, with HPEOO, it would have to go back to the server. Callbacks took forever. It was clear that the solution just did not want to work the way that we needed it to work. View full review »
Chris Tarver
Network Engineer at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
We had an older version that I didn't even know about. We've had a lot of turnover in our business on the network side in the last year or so. Somebody had installed it before, another network engineer, and we didn't even know it was there. We had a new network engineer come in and say, "Hey this is a great product, why don't we install it?" We came to find out we had it, but it was an older version. We didn't invest in a new solution, we found it was part of our license already. It was something like, "Hey, we've got it, why aren't we using this kind of thing?" View full review »
Francisco Batista
IT Manager at Recipharm Lisbon
We had some monitoring tools, PRTG and some of the stuff from SolarWinds, but it is integrated with everything from VMware. Everything is virtual so, I think it is the way to go. View full review »
Maurizio Rosa
Cloud Specialist
We got this solution because we knew we needed a monitoring solution. We decided on this specific solution because of its direct integration features. View full review »
Senior System Engineer with 51-200 employees
We didn't use a solution previously to this one. I think it's the best solution on the market in terms of capacity monitoring. I didn't find a similar solution with the same amount of capacities. This solution was the only one that was on the shortlist because the tool is not concurrent to monitoring tools. View full review »
Talha Ghafoor
Principal Architect at BTC Networks
I was not using a solution previously. We got a recommendation from VMware to try this product, and we loved it. View full review »
Gaurav Amar
General Manager, Information Technology at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We did not previously use another solution. This is the first solution that we have used of its kind. View full review »
IT Operations Senior Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
One of our managers presented vRealize and we really liked it. It has better features than other alternatives. View full review »
Jean-Francois Leclercq
System Administrator
We are public services, so we talk to all the companies that want to work with us. Sometimes we can have more than ten companies that we work with so we just talk to them and we consider different factors like budget and from there come up with the right solution. View full review »
Senior Systems Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We had an option of using this solution or not and our group chose to move forward with it. View full review »
IT Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
For many years, we used an outsourced monitoring solution, which was an HPE platform. However, it was basically useless. So, after five years of fighting, they finally gave us the green light to go for something which was built for a virtualization environment. View full review »
Technical Specialist
We had a license already for this product. Therefore, we thought we would use the license rather than buying a new product. View full review »
Stephen Jesse
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The main points that we look at are the costs and ease-of-use. Ease-of-use is the main thing for us because if we can't get the data we need it's not going to be helpful to us. View full review »
Doug White
Systems Engineer at 14 West
We had actually tried a few of the third-party VM monitoring solutions and we figured that since we already had the licensing and had paid for this product, we would start using it instead. We found that it actually accomplished what we needed out of a monitoring product. View full review »
Simbarashe Mazorodze
ICT Infrastructure and Security Services Manager at NATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY AUTHORITY - NSSA ZIMBABWE
We did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
Chinnayya Ganachar
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not previously use anything else. View full review »
Infrastructure Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were not using another solution previously. We did not consider anything else before, because nothing else could read our entire VMware stack. View full review »
VDI Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I walked into the situation with this solution in place. I don't know anything else. View full review »
System Engineer AI Specialist
We knew it was time to switch to a different solution because the engineers were complaining. We knew we could not see everything on the platform. View full review »
Gregory Silus
Operations Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We went with this solution because it was part of the user license that we have. It is part of the package deal for the Enterprise solution, so it was in existence before I joined the team. In general, when selecting a vendor, the most important criterion is stability. If you don't have stability you've got big problems. View full review »
Server & Storage Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had a product called StrataCloud for years, which was good, but very complicated. It turned off the team. They wouldn't even bother looking at it, so we discontinued it. View full review »
Service Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
We had VMTurbo (Turbonomic) at first. Then vRealize Ops came out and we decide to give it a try. Since it was VMware product, it had more insight into the VMs. It was easy to upgrade to it. vROps was something we were able to roll in when we did our upgrades on contracts. View full review »
Tobias Buchter
Engineer at Coop
We did not have a previous solution. View full review »
Erik Strandberg
Senior IT Engineer at Octapharma
We received the product as part of a license upgrade and decided to use it at that time. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Before, we were just using basic VMware with no vCenter. We bought into the whole vSphere, and it came with the vROps. View full review »
Ricardo Seabra
Systems Enginner with 5,001-10,000 employees
This is my first solution of this type. View full review »
System Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not have a previous solution. View full review »
Craig Harris
Tech Analyst at JLG Industries
We went with this solution because it was already included in our licensing. When selecting a vendor one of the biggest things is cost. View full review »
Mikolaj Matkowski
Senior IT Admin at Beyond.pl
We weren't previously using another solution. We use Zabbix for monitoring our environment. Zabbix gave us some monitoring issues, but vROps gives us something more, something predictable. View full review »
Ben Brouhard
Virtualization Systems Engineer with 201-500 employees
It is part of the vRealize Suite, so we tried it out. View full review »
Jan Mares
System Architect at Nejvyšší kontrolní úřad
When we are looking for new solutions, we usually ask the vendors. We ask them directly and they present their products. View full review »
Solution Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
I was holding the license, so I decided to give it a try. The solution proved itself. View full review »
Principal Technical Consultant at Fujitsu Consulting India
I used GroundWork before switching to vRealize Operations. I had a bad experience with GroundWork's support while doing software integration with its latest version. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used SCOM, Microsoft's Operations Manager, and we still use it in a supplemental way. vROps is a little easier to use, it's easier to get the information. View full review »
Find out what your peers are saying about Turbonomic vs. VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
407,401 professionals have used our research since 2012.