vRealize Network Insight Reviews
Sep 03 2018
What is most valuable?The number one most valuable feature is the visualization of the network flows; being able to see them in a very rich, visual way is the most impactful part of it. We use it to monitor network flows… more»
How has it helped my organization?It's very hard to find anything that works this well. There are two different benefits that we derive out of the tool: * The assessment-based approach: When we go in to do services work or we are… more»
What needs improvement?I would like to see more interoperability on the firewall and low balancer sides. I like that you can integrate in Palo Alto networks. There is Cisco switching in there as well. We can see the actual… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It seems like it is fairly competitively priced. We are able to do fairly well with selling it. It seems well-priced, and we're able to do very well with the product.
What other advice do I have?We typically just deploy the latest version that we have, and that's it. We don't go back and do upgrades. Either the customers are doing that themselves or we don't have a specific service that does… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We use a couple different tools, like RightScale, for application rationalization. Obviously, it's very challenging to get data out of a virtualized environment. vRNI does it better than anything… more»
Sep 03 2018
Enables me to represent network data in a way that management, and non-network engineers, can understand
What is most valuable?One of the most valuable features is the ability to look at the traffic flows, to look at NetFlow data, whether it originates from the VMware host or from the harbor host.
How has it helped my organization?It allows me to really represent network data in a way that management, and non-network engineers, can understand. That makes it easier for me to make my point.
What needs improvement?I'd like to see better support for being able to search the hardware NetFlow data. It ingests fairly well, but you can't tell, in a lot of cases, what source the data came from. I'd like to see more… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We used a combination of legacy netflow products, some freeware and the like. My criteria for selecting a vendor include: is it somebody we already have a relationship with? Do I have to go through… more»
What other advice do I have?There is not an easier way to do this. If you have unlimited time, maybe go look at something else. But if you don't, then this is would be the way to do it. I rate it a nine out of 10. It's a… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We looked at some Netscout stuff but it just wasn't working out. We looked at Cisco Tetration Analytics instead but it wasn't giving us what we wanted.
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Sep 12 2018
Gives me insight into which servers interact with other elements in the environment, helps me to maintain them
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature for me is the different views that you can get when selecting an application or a VLAN. It shows you the traffic flows. It gives you a visual representation of something that, in text, just may not make as much… more»
How has it helped my organization?It hasn't improved the way our organization functions, yet. It's only been in for two or three months and we're still trying to figure out the best way to pull the data out so that we can start building those firewall rules. But we… more»
What needs improvement?When we talk about those micro-segmentation rules, there's an Export function. It is very macro-segmentation oriented instead. So if you choose an application, it will find the tiers within that application and say that it's communicating… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We did not have a previous solution. We have a project to migrate from legacy networks into NSX-T. This solution was installed to facilitate that move, so that we can get there. It was recommended by our VMware TAM Services and by some of… more»
What other advice do I have?I want to say it's a 10 out of 10. If they fix that micro-segmentation thing it will absolutely be a 10. Right now it's about an eight out of 10. I think it's just a big jump. If they can fix that micro-seg, that means so much more to me… more»
Sep 26 2018
Helps improve our SLA times by pointing us directly to problems, but it needs to support additional network hardware
What is most valuable?It has its own UI where you can actually see all the problems. It can directly list all the problems that we're having in the network. Not only that, but it also gives us recommendations on how we can troubleshoot issues. That helps us to go to the problem in the network and not look around at a… more»
How has it helped my organization?It saves us on our SLA times because we are getting directly to the troubleshooting points. That is one of the main things that we are benefiting from. Whenever we have problems with our environment, we are able to solve them a bit sooner than we might otherwise have been able to. These benefits are… more»
What needs improvement?While it's not exactly a feature, what normally happens when we are trying to look at the VM flow portion is - although Network Insight does have options to integrate a few physical switches into it - we can't really get an end-to-end flow of the network. We might be using a few switches that are… more»
What other advice do I have?I would recommend the product. I don't think there is any other product like this on the market right now. I rate this product at seven out of ten because the product is great but there are still a few more improvements that can be made to it, as I said above. It could have more physical devices… more»
Sep 25 2018
What is most valuable?The microsegmentation is valuable, especially for this environment. Also, the ability to troubleshoot all the way across the NSX part of it to the physical and actually watch the packets go through… more»
How has it helped my organization?Right now, since the PoC, in the environment that we're using it on, for troubleshooting any issues that come up, or in the case of the microsegmentation, it's very valuable because it has allowed us… more»
What needs improvement?The only real improvement they can make is to add more third-party vendors into the environment, mostly switch manufacturers, because it's really limited to Cisco equipment and there are a lot of… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It could be cheaper, of course.
What other advice do I have?It's a pretty good system if you're doing troubleshooting and microsegmentation. As a troubleshooting tool, it's a level-3 troubleshooting-skills tool and it's very easy to use and very easy to find… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We're not really comparing it to any other vendors. I don't know of anyone that does microsegmentation and whose solution is integrated within VMware's environment
Sep 12 2018
What is most valuable?It allows you to see traffic that you couldn't otherwise see, which is traffic within your Layer 3-bounded network, meaning east-west traffic. It's hard to get that any other way. To monitor the network flows, all you have to do is install… more»
How has it helped my organization?It has definitely helped us to meet compliance rules by assuring that all traffic is going to where it's supposed to go. It can be used to report that you are in compliance, as well as helping you get into compliance. We use it on an… more»
What needs improvement?Reporting could be a little bit smoother. I would like it to be more intuitive to create a report that would automatically send stuff out on a periodic basis; for a management-oversight reports and the like. You can probably do that right… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Cost always has room for improvement, you could always make it cheaper. But I think it's a good value for what you pay for it.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?There wasn't really anything similar to this before. We knew that there were things going on, but we really couldn't tell. We didn't know how to get at it and, when we found this solution, it was a no-brainer that we were going to try it… more»
Sep 12 2018
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the visibility into what's going on, our traffic going through the data center. We'd like to put in micro-segmentation, eventually, so that we can actually protect our data center, our VMs, within the… more»
How has it helped my organization?It has really tightened down the security. That was something that we were lacking. It has also given us deep visibility into our network. We can really get down and see all of the traffic within the data center, between the VMs, between… more»
What needs improvement?I'm not quite sure what features I would like to see in a future release. We haven't explored everything in the product yet. We're able to pull out of it what we need right now.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We had a previous version of the hardware - I'm not going to say who the vendor was - but we had a previous hardware implementation that had to be pulled out and then we had to bring in a newer version of it because it did not meet our… more»
What other advice do I have?I would rate it an eight out of 10. It's not a 10 because of our experience with the vendor. I believe the product is a great product and, obviously, the VMware applications that we're using, we have had no issues with them.
Sep 13 2018
What is most valuable?The most valuable features for us are the visualization of the applications. We can actually take them and expose them to our applications analysts as well because they want to know, it's just that… more»
How has it helped my organization?We're only at the evaluation stage but the benefit we're looking for is to speed the production deployment of the applications in a microsegment environment. We would love to get to that ring of Zero… more»
What needs improvement?One of the things I've asked about is regarding Log Insight, with their syslog collector. There seems to be a lot of overlap between that and vRNI. I've asked if one of those is going away or if… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We didn't have anything in this space on the virtual side. As we moved deeper into the virtualized world, we lost some of those traditional physical network visibility tools. We were using some of the… more»
What other advice do I have?We would absolutely recommend it. In fact, we've had that experience where it was recommended to us and we said, "We need this, we need to do this." We are very positive so far with everything we've… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We initially went with what we were using on our traditional memory side, your traditional network monitoring. CA Spectrum is what we use on that side. We've looked at that and some basic netflow… more»
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What is vRealize Network Insight?VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps customers build an optimized, highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation planning and deployment, enables visibility across virtual and physical networks and provides operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments.
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