Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with vRealize Log Insight.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
The pricing of the solution could be improved. The vRealize content packs should be able to pass more information from the UNIX log.
The solution should be more user-friendly. The user interface and dashboard could be simplified. It would be helpful in future releases if the solution offered the ability to have a single pane of management and more integration with other solutions.
The dashboard needs to be improved because this is what I need to monitor my infrastructure.
I don't think there's any specific improvement I'd like to see, perhaps third-party logins. It's great for VMware, but it would be good if they had third-party logins. I'm pretty happy with the dashboard interface and management monitoring tools.
I don't use the solution on a day to day basis, so I'm not sure what specifically can be improved.
In regards to stability, it doesn't do the patches on the operating systems. The manufacturers need to develop patches for security reasons, on all of the applications. There could be an improvement in the scalability. I think that it should be able to integrate with other third-party backup and recovery solutions, more that it does now. I feel that this is an area that needs to be worked on. The dashboard and user interface is friendly but could be friendlier, so that even a person who is just learning about virtualization would be able to understand the features on the interface. They should look at things like plugins. Other providers incorporate them into their own products. I feel that the same should be done with VMware to stay competitive in the market.
The implementation process could be improved. We ran into a few issues during the initial setup that could have been avoided if it was more straightforward. The solution isn't user-friendly for admins. The solution needs to offer a feature for small companies that would allow us to run VDI that won't take up server resources.
Documentation is lacking, including some guides as to how to use the expressions. It is not clear how to look for a log, for example. Some examples in the documentation might be helpful. I think that VMware had good documentation, but it's no longer hosted. The documentation is not as easy to understand as it was before. Log Insight has a good dashboard, where you can search for a log. However, it is difficult at the beginning for the administrator to understand it. I asked my colleague how often they use this tool and they said, "It is very difficult to find something in the tool. You need to know what you are looking for." This might be the part that should be improved. The interactive analyzer feature should also be improved.
The solution should make it possible to use it from a security perspective so that you can centralize your policies and have some control as to what's happening in the environment. They should improve their web interface to make it more user-friendly.
The solution is a very good tool, but it has a lot of limitations. One of the main issues is around how you define your retention policy, for instance. It doesn't have it. You can't define a log retention policy. You also can't define the destination or location for your logs. All of the logs are in one index or one bucket. For example, if you have a different set of logs, which you want to have different rotation policies for, you can't do that. You have to create multiple clusters if you want to do this, and then the problem is that you will end up having multiple classes, and you can't access all of them centrally.