2018-04-08T06:47:00Z

What do you like most about VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)?


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What do you like most about VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)?

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Real User

The solution is intuitive and user-friendly. E.g., you have less number of logins.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

It is possible to completely automatize the creation and removal of a virtual machine.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

The whole VMR ecosystem allows us to serve multiple customers, multiple organizations and also multiple units per customer. We can cover every level without using the whole VRA and the rest of the ecosystem. We don't need to use a separate product to provide separate functionalities for the customer. We can cover all the use cases using only one product on our side which is really helpful. T

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

For repeated installations and provisioning of VMs, we now have a clear definition of what has been installed, and we can monitor all that stuff.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

It is mostly for our tech support to test new versions, find bugs, and troubleshoot what is happening at customer sites.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

I used the technical support during upgrades. They came onsite and are very technical. They are very good

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

It has integration with the rest of VMware solutions.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

Before it would take months to deploy a VM, now, with this solution, we can deploy many VMs in one hour. We can do a stack of them with Mediaware.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Reseller

The solution is user-friendly and intuitive.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's quite user friendly. Everyone can use it, even non-technical people. This is good, since we use it to build a self-service portal which even users with not a lot of technical background can use.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

The setup was straightforward. We upgraded to a newer version seamlessly. It worked really well.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Real User

We haven't hit any limits yet, scalability is good.

2018-11-28T09:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Scalability is perfect. We haven't had any issues.

2018-11-21T08:01:00Z
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Real User

It is very stable, especially for high availability features.

2018-11-21T08:01:00Z
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Real User

It's much more stable than the highest available variant.

2018-11-18T08:28:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The initial setup was straightforward. It's easy to deploy.

2018-11-18T08:28:00Z
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Real User

The customer can set up multiple machine blueprints. Therefore, we are able to customize the template of three machines, then the customer can deploy without knowing anything about the IT business.

2018-11-18T08:28:00Z
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Consultant

The automation part is valuable, especially where vRA integrates with vRO, because it reduces the amount of effort we have to make.

2018-11-18T08:28:00Z
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Real User

It provides visibility into the VM space.

2018-11-15T08:07:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Our users can order VMs using the API.

2018-11-15T08:07:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is probably 90 percent quicker to get something out the door than it was before. For developers, depending on who is building VMs for them, sometimes they request anywhere from 20 to 100. Now, we can deploy them in a matter of an hour, where previously it might have taken me three days to deploy out 100 VMs.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Real User

Our QA department is able to spin up a new instance of Windows virtual machine and test whatever use case they have, then turn it back down whenever they are done.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Real User

The solution has helped us to increase infrastructure agility, mostly because, in addition to it being able to do its thing on its own, it has tie-ins to other parts of our CICD pipeline. We use Jenkins for our build process which, of course, vRA has plugins for, to be able to integrate with it. We use Chef and there is the Chef build as part of our image that we standardized to deploy, and that can tie in with our section of the pipeline that it does for applications.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Top 20Real User

In terms of scalability, vRA has connections to a lot of different systems. It's very flexible and an impressive product.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Real User

The extensibility of it and the customization of a lot of the Blueprints, that you can customize, and the community as a whole. There's a ton of community-generated Blueprints that might be (helpful) to set up a design for your automation needs, that you can use as a base and go on from there and make changes to it.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Real User

The self-service capabilities are by far the best that we've seen in terms of features. If the user is being able to log in and make requests himself, from the onboarding process all the way to the end, that's very helpful.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We have integrated our CICD pipeline into an automatic catalog request through some API calls. It can request and provision new virtual machines behind the NSX load balancer, straight out of the CIDC pipeline and add those nodes to the load balancer, request SSL certs, do SSL termination at the load balancer so that it's not encrypted behind the scenes, all of which has really been helpful.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

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 Blueprints, check-pointed or QA'ed in a consistent manner.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We had a lot of config drift before, and this really helps us keep it on track. Speed to provision is probably our biggest, significant gain.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature is the way that it plugs into our monitoring systems, and Infoblox and Puppet.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

It allows some of the tenants to self-provision their machines, so they don't have to wait for us to create the machine for them.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable features are the Catalog View and the access control business group. Access provisioning is probably the main use case for us, so we can separate access to different Catalog items among the different business groups and have that tied back to our AD LDAP systems.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The most valued feature is the streamlining of the DevOps process, automation and orchestration. It provides the ability for the entire Dev lifecycle to actually be incorporated into a single stream.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Now the customer can manage their own server requirements directly. This is very important because, before that, the process included signing off on forms and sending them to the IT Director. It took at least 10 days to create a VM and send it to the person who needed it. Now, it's no more than a half hour to activate a new VM at the customer's site.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The benefits are that it gives you a heads-up display and dashboard of the way everything's running. The ability to automate around those tasks is really where we get the value.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We are able to provide self-service to all of our IT/development teams to expand and decrease their environments at will.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable features are the metrics and reporting aspects. The historical data and extraction enable us to tell where the trends are and where contentions may exist in the future.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Today, if I want to provision one VM, it takes me five minutes. Earlier, it would take a minimum of 30 minutes to go and choose everything. Now, I can just do one click and it can provision my whole VM. We also integrated with our Alexa, so even through voice functionality, I can create a VM. One of the guys at VMware, along with our partner, deployed that in our environment. If I say, "Hey, Alexa, I need a VM with four gigs of RAM," it will go and start creating it.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Being able to give provisioning of environments over to our developers and the different teams has enabled them to put up environments faster and also freed up time for the IT team. This is really one of our bread and butter solutions for our developers.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The automation of the redundant tasks and the implementation of ServiceNow are huge for us...

2018-09-03T13:25:00Z
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Vendor

Instead of deploying a VM from a template and going through the process of configuring that VM, with vRA we're able to click once and it does everything: grabs an IP, joins it to the domain, loads whatever configuration agents are needed. It does all of that without manual intervention.

2018-09-03T13:25:00Z
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Real User

I find the system to be intuitive and user-friendly. In general, I'm quite happy with the entire setup. Once you configure the system, navigating the portal is pretty simple. They use a lot of the vSphere UI interface structure so it's intuitive, especially if you have used anything vSphere-related before.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

Scalability is probably the best part about it. You can take things that you've already defined, that you've already built once, and build them again multiple times, without significant effort.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

One of the most valuable features is lifecycle management. It allows my teams to create, manage, and retire all of our infrastructure objects in the data center.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

Upgrades have been extremely simple with their Lifecycle Manager product.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

Our speed of provisioning has improved. We used to build systems manually, which would take four hours or a day. Nowadays we're able to spin something up off a template... and it takes about 20 minutes.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

It has definitely increased speed of VM deployment. When a normal server-request would come in, it might take anywhere from three to four days to deploy. Now, within 15 minutes, they can click and have something up and running.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We also use it to pre-install the applications that the people selected when they ordered the machine, so they get a fully functional machine.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

I personally spend a lot of time in vRealize Orchestrator, so being able to directly tie into the back end on the APIs, I find that to be what really is the most advantageous thing for me.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

If you do a deployment for a proof of concept, it is simple.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
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Top 20Real User

To manage when VM's aren't being used, we have it set up so that it will auto-destroy them after a certain amount of time, obviously with permission from the user who owns it.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

Even with the virtualization, it would take us at least three or four days to create a VM. With vRA we have brought that down to seven minutes. The solution has helped increase infrastructure, agility, speed of provisioning, time to market, application agility. Everything got super fast.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

The self service portal: People don't have to come to us to request something. They can just go fill out a form. Within 30 minutes, they have what they requested.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

The repetitive tasks which took provisioning storage, network, and compute two to three weeks, now takes five minutes.

2018-09-02T08:35:00Z
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Real User

Among the valuable features are the ease and speed of creating the VMs. Originally, we provisioned them manually and it would take us two days to do the provisioning... but with the automation, we are able to provision a VM with the click of a button, within seconds. It cut down on the time as well as cut down on the expense and employee cost in provisioning.

2018-09-02T08:25:00Z
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Real User

The blueprint functionality of the product is intuitive and user-friendly. The concept of the blueprints is visual and easy to use.

2018-09-02T08:20:00Z
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Consultant

The most valuable features are that it's multi-tenant and the ability for scale.

2018-08-28T07:05:00Z
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Consultant

We needed vRA to easily integrate with our hypervisor, orchestration, security (tenant segmentation, PCI), workflows, custom code, and internal monitoring/management tools. Since we didn’t have time to develop our own web front-end during the development sprints, vRA saved considerable time and resource cycles. Its ability to easily integrate with all of the VMware cloud products as well as public cloud providers, like AWS and Azure, out-of-the-box, makes it an even more powerful tool.

2018-04-08T06:47:00Z
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