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Real User
Senior IT Manager at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its open design. * Figure out what's being used in our environment. * Building roles.

How has it helped my organization?

We can see everything going on in NSX and get a good picture of our environment. It is still in our lab environment.

What needs improvement?

The product is slightly complex use, while still being user-friendly. It could use more training modules, as it is not a straightforward product.

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

It's an expensive product because we have a lot of nodes. They should include the product in NSX because it's important to have it for deployment.

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

We've owned NSX for three years and now starting to deploy it, which is why we went with vRNI. We did not even consider another solution to go with it.

What other advice do I have?

Do the training before purchasing. Research the product and its competitors. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: technical knowledge. They need to understand their product.
Real User
Principal Architect at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the visualization. It's really handy to be able to classify network objects as with applications and see the interaction between them. That is really good.

How has it helped my organization?

It hasn't yet changed the way our organization works, but that's our hope.

What needs improvement?

There's enough information there, especially in the visualizations, but I would love to see this in a kiosk mode, where I could have a dashboard for interested stakeholders to see and appreciate… more »

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

We are a heavily compliance-driven, regulatory type of business, so I needed a way to bridge the gap between an operations team that actually does firewall changes and our business stakeholders to see… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's easy enough to try. Get with their account team, get some trial licenses and give it a whirl. It's worth spending a weekend to give it a shot. It's hard for me to give it a 10 out of 10, it's… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our company did some work with SolarWinds, but they're not quite the same thing. Also, Dell's old Foglight, I don't know if they're still around. That was another one, but it was not really in the… more »
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Real User
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 »
Brett Frank
Real User
Sys Admin at Aurora public schools
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.
Real User
Virtualization at a university with 10,001+ employees
Sep 12 2018

What is most valuable?

* The profiling of the applications for micro-segmentation. * The alerting is quite nice. It's user-friendly. It's not super intuitive. It's a rather complicated program. It's networking, and networking is relatively complicated. But it… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has made the migration to NSX much easier. Most of the sys admins within the smaller silos, they have no idea what ports are needed to run their stuff at all. I am pretty sure the micro-segmentation would never, ever have occurred… more »

What needs improvement?

They can always build upon it and add more stuff, but as it stands right now, it's perfectly fine. I would like to see application identification. That would be cool.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is whether or not we think they're going to survive for more than the next license cycle. I would rate this solution a strong nine out of 10. It would be a 10 if it were free.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was really the only solution that provided the features that we were looking for.
Nicholas Aronne
Real User
Product Manager at Sovlabs
Sep 12 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Extensibility Framework. It also lets us automate a lot of the mundane tasks that we would do manually, and keep them consistent and repeatable. One of the first things that you'll see in 7.5 is that they improved on the user-interface: being able to filter on stuff… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We're a smaller company. It automates a lot of the tasks and lets us focus in on building out our own solution. It's quicker, there is less building of manual solutions, and less downtime. It allows our developers to quickly develop, get provisioning done, de-provisioning, etc; the stuff that you… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of room for improvement, customer education is number one. It has nothing to do with the product itself but it would help if there were an understanding of its limitations, or the fact that it is a framework, that it is extensible and that you're not getting everything out-of-the-box. What… more »

What other advice do I have?

For the most part, it is user-friendly. It continues to grow and mature. It's definitely headed in the right direction. The fact that they continue to want to improve the customer experience is important. The product is great to begin with but they realize that nothing is perfect and they want to… more »
DavidPowell
Consultant
Partner consultant at Kis
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 »
Ralph Stoker
Real User
Infrastructure architect at State of Ohio
Sep 12 2018

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 »
Scott Mathewson
Reseller
SDDC Practice Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 »
Reviewer83902
Real User
Network Administrator at Modern Woodmen of America
Sep 03 2018

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.
Bo Crook
Real User
Staff SYS Admin at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is that insight into what our network is really doing - it's a fairly complex network. Not having to go through thousands of lines of network configuration to find… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to set up NSX and to do microsegmentation, without all of the pain points of having to determine each port and each IP address that needed to have access, and which ones needed to be… more »

What needs improvement?

After you use it for a little while you become accustomed to it but the layout doesn't feel very intuitive. You have to dig around and find the exact place where you can find the information, where… more »

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

We ended up going with VMware and a VDI solution and this product was a recommendation alongside of that. We looked at it and it looked like it would do the job.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product an eight out of 10. I might give it a higher rating if we used it more. We used it for a period of time and then we stopped using it. There was nothing wrong with it, we just… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Because it looked like it would do the job, we didn't look at anything else.
Lemont Henderson
Real User
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

I like being able to see the flows coming in and out of the product. In terms of monitoring network flows, we use it to verify whether or not different servers/applications should be communicating with each other.

How has it helped my organization?

To some degree, it has increased performance, helped to more easily manage networks, and provided visibility. It pulls up more of the physical part of the network.

What needs improvement?

It needs to be a little easier to use and to understand the information it's putting out. That would make it more helpful. If you're not a network person you need to understand things like network policies and concepts. If you gave it to a… more »

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

We were buying VMware NSX Enterprise as a security solution, to better lock down our environment. vRealize Network Insight was one of the tools they suggested we get, as part of that package, to make the implementation easier. The most… more »

What other advice do I have?

Make sure the solution you're looking at is compatible with what you want to do and that it has future growth to it; not just a pinpoint solution but a solution that is part of a bigger vision. You don't want to buy a product that does just… more »
Vendor
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 11 2017

What do you think of vRealize Network Insight?

What is most valuable?

The way you can view flows inside your network.

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to implement intersects using this tool.

What needs improvement?

Make the GUI easier to use.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I recommend for anyone deploying this solution that you are going to have to get everything to point to that piece of software. So, you get a good rating, thus getting you good data.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's good. Solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's good.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used technical support.

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

We weren't using anything previously. We…
Antonio Pila
Real User
Systems Engineer at Mednax
Sep 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Going through our logs within the system, it's easier to identify issues. For example, the filtering in order to show correct errors. In addition, the troubleshooting timeframe shortens a lot with our product.

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of gathering so many resources, such as, multiple system engineers, network engineers, and search engineers, now it's all in one shop. One person can actually troubleshoot the issue without bringing in so many people. The… more »

What needs improvement?

The pricing is steep.

What other advice do I have?

The way technology works, you've got to catch up. If you're basically staying in a legacy environment, and everything is moving rapidly, you've got to stay ahead of the game. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: customer… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Turbonomic. We chose VMware for their product, their environment, and the confidence level of using the product itself.
Consultant
Senior Infrastructure Architect at Cognizant technology solutions
Sep 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Login site gives you the opportunity to collect logs from all of your hypervisors and your virtual servers, then put them all in one location and make them searchable.

How has it helped my organization?

It's faster access and searchability of the logs for troubleshooting.

What needs improvement?

Better integration into VRB.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor is that they're there when you need them. For someone looking at this solution: Look deep.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell EMC, Hitachi, and sometimes Microsoft. We chose VMware because they have one of the better products on the market for what they do: virtualization.
Vendor
Systems Admin at American century investments
Sep 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Capacity management: the forecasting of capacity.

How has it helped my organization?

We are better able to understand our needs for future growth and budgeting purposes.

What needs improvement?

Price. Honestly, the way it's licensed is challenging.

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

As we started moving to more critical applications of this infrastructure, we needed to be able to manage it at a higher level than we had been.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria for selecting a vendor: Functionality of the product, it's got to work, then responsiveness of the support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used Microsoft for monitoring solutions as well, then VMware. We chose VM because it's more integrated with what we're trying to do with the infrastructure.
Vendor
Enterprise Server Engineer at Christus health
Sep 04 2017

What is most valuable?

vRNI taught us to troubleshoot issues and help us implement our NSX product. Therefore, it's been one of the most valuable tools of the product.

How has it helped my organization?

We're in a huge NSX implementation right now and trying to understand each application. vRNI's been very helpful in helping us protect each one of those applications.

What needs improvement?

They are already working on it, which is really nice. It would be the capability of actually identifying certain applications, like SQL, file servers, DNS, AD servers, and making it easier to identify those types of systems.

What other advice do I have?

Support is very important, to be available especially for issues that may be new with the features which we're trying to implement. We tend to request support quite a bit, so support is definitely very important. I would definitely advise… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had an inner engagement, and their engineers highly recommended using the tool, as far as the implementation for NSX. Before this, we weren't using another solution at all. We're pretty much using VMware for this type of environment.
Vendor
Master Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 04 2017

What is most valuable?

* Provides us a map of what's going on - on our network. * Allows us to start microsegmentation.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are it gives us insight into our network, which we can't get anywhere else. It's helping us to scope our firewall rules.

What needs improvement?

Maybe improve the fonts.

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

Look at the following: * Stability * Interoperability with what you own * Price.

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

We were not previously doing something else. When we were going to NSX, we knew we needed to do this. This is just part of our movement towards that.

What other advice do I have?

If they have VMware, and they're gonna stick with it, then this is probably the tool they want to look at for their network flow. Just know what your network is and what… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For this, really nobody. Just VMware.

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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