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SnrVirtEng3a90
Real User
Sr Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 20 2018

What is most valuable?

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Speed to market. It helps us to improve the rate at which we deploy and the consistency in which we deploy. It has allowed us to scale up and... more»

What needs improvement?

It is not super-intuitive. It does require some skills to understand how to use it. I had no problem, but I had spent a lot of time already... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were manually spinning up clone templates and building them. We recently took over and built our IT after 50 years of being under HPE. About... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would definitely recommend vRealize Automation. One thing that we've had to realize about this product is, it's dependent on some back-work... more»
LeadSeni7c39
Consultant
Lead Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 06 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like the most about vRA: Its seamless ability for users to be able to go pick a catalog item that we have... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has made our developers be a bit more agile, instead of like old days, where it was, "Okay, we need a new... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things we saw in the initial phase was our integration with our development domains, where if we want to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

The vRealize Suite, it is a very expensive product. However, with all the things it did offer us, in the long run, it... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

At a prior company that I came from, we used vCloud Director, and that was a product I loved. It was something I could... more»

What other advice do I have??

Really pay attention to how you design your blueprints and your workflows, because a lot of developers do not want to... more»
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Allen Nussbaumer
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the integration with some of our other automation platforms. We're starting into Jenkins,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization started to move a lot more towards automating all the things that we can. We're catching up to that,... more»

What needs improvement?

We don't have too complex of an environment, we're not doing machine-learning or any of the advanced features all that... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Better pricing is always handy, but I feel it's at the right price point.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We weren't using much. This was right at the beginning of when we were starting to automate things. We saw the VMware... more»

What other advice do I have??

vRA has a very nice toolset for being able to integrate with VMware. It is great for being able to automate things... more»
EricSturm
Real User
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

vRA provides that single pain of glass for our cloud tenants to deploy, monitor, access, and manage their VMs/guest operating systems. vRA allows a cloud service provider to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

vRealize Automation is improving the way we host and serve up our fully hosted private cloud solutions as a cloud service provider. It has created efficiencies in how we deploy,... more»

What needs improvement?

Most of the areas for which there was room for improvement are being covered in the latest 7.4 release which will include all new workflows for additional management of a... more»

What other advice do I have??

From experience working with other service provider cloud products, VMware vRealize Automation Center is the best out-of-the-box solution to quickly build out your cloud portal and... more»
SeniorITf113
Real User
Senior IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to customize your own portal. We've gotten to the point now where we've used it to create this whole environment for users to be able to self-provision their own... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to do everything manually. Up until just a few months ago, we used to have little reviews where, if they wanted a VM, they would come to us, tell us what they wanted, then... more»

What needs improvement?

Since I haven't been able to get as far into version 7, I haven't actually gotten into the guts of it, I don't know if this taking place already. But perhaps more blueprints of... more»

What other advice do I have??

I think documentation and support are probably the most important things. If you don't care about documentation and support, you can grab a free one and try and build it. If you... more»
DavidBurton
Real User
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

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.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Lifecycle management has improved substantially. We're no longer seeing customers holding on to their resources because they're no longer difficult to create or destroy. We've seen... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the features that's a struggle today is some of the public cloud extensibility. Some of the plugins that are native to vRA and vRO, I'd like to see them come out earlier for... more»

What other advice do I have??

My advice would be to heavily invest in training in vRO. vRO is the backbone of what vRA does. I also recommend that you come up with a plan. Don't try to automate everything in... more»
Craig Debban
Real User
IT Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are capacity planning as well as environment life management; putting in specific templates and workflows that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a development company, we have different versions that need to be provisioned constantly, and the build-up/tear-down of this, for the IT... more»

What needs improvement?

Regarding that networking piece, more hands-on pieces, that come with that purchase to help you get to that good spot might be an area that... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Before, it was piecemeal. We had templates. We had some VDI pools for some of these things. It was just a constant revision of that and it would... more»

What other advice do I have??

For a specific business, you need to know what you're trying to do. For ours, it's a match that I wish we would have had immediately. It has... more»
Alistair Fay
Real User
Infrastructure Automation and Cloud Specialst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Probably the extensibility as well as the out-of-the-box features it provides, which allow you to be very creative with things you can add on... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The extensibility allows you to take custom or proprietary requirements and make them happen. Where there's a lot of products, it will give you... more»

What needs improvement?

Yes, certainly. The ability to manage the product in code; so infrastructure is code. It certainly has improved in the last version, but it... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previously, I worked in a team which tried a proprietary tool that did a very similar job, and the main reason for going a product like vRA, is... more»

What other advice do I have??

Probably the decision to run a private cloud, such as VMware, versus running things in someplace like the public cloud and it being AWS. The... more»
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What is vRealize Automation?

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
vRealize Automation customers

Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual

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