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Cisco Intersight vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)
July 2022
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Pros
"The product has good integration.""Scalable portfolio of services for remote device management, with good cloud integration. It's also easy to set up.""I like Intersight because of the integration with HashiCorp, Kubernetes, and each cloud because Intersight is the IO module."

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"A lot of its DevOps for infrastructure capabilities improve reliability. Much effort was put in by some customers, like a large automobile manufacturer, a large telecom, and two large banks, to achieve a certain level of capabilities in this space. These DevOps for infrastructure capabilities have saved time for developers. In one use case for a large marketplace, a typical release cycle took about 80 hours and was brought down to three hours by automating deployment for developers. The quicker that deployments happen, the faster that they can do their product release cycles.""The most valuable feature is being able to deploy a virtual machine from a low level. We can automate everything including network configuration, firewall configuration, storage, storage attachment, OS deployment, middleware, and so forth.""The preset policies and templates are useful. I would say that vRA is one of the best solutions we have. The CI/CD features also look helpful even though we aren't using them at the moment. We plan to get more involved and train our customers as much as possible.""Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components.""The DevOps for infrastructure capabilities has saved time for our developers by automating processes and reducing provisioning time. Task time has been reduced by 40 percent.""We provided the ability to request virtual machines to our end users. Before, this was a very manual process, which took engineers to do. Now, it's an automated process.""The automation part is most valuable. Because it is a VMware product, the automation capabilities that come with vRA are pretty extensive. We can integrate and build a lot of features on top of it, which makes it extremely useful for us.""vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions."

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Cons
"When new features are added, the service becomes full of bugs.""The unique problem with Cisco Intersight is that it's not supporting some players.""Cisco Intersight needs some improvement in terms of stability. Hybrid cloud management and proper hyperscaler tie-up are other areas for improvement."

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"We are migrating from vRA version 7 to 8, but the migration is really hectic and time-consuming. There are no straightforward paths to migrate. We are doing an entirely new deployment to go to vRA version 8.0, then somehow get all of the VMs to vRA 8.0. Therefore, it would have been great if VMware had some solutions to upgrade from vRA 7 to 8 seamlessly. This includes the management of all the objects or VMs from the older version. Unfortunately, it is not there.""With the workflow aspect, which has manual intervention, a policy needs to be approved by somebody. There could be better management of that piece with better templates. It is like a workflow engine, but does not have enough example templates to do certain things. A lot of people waste a lot of time trying to figure out the same thing, and everybody is trying to figure out the same thing, e.g., how to make a MySQL cluster in a Windows environment?""The solution could be lighter. As an administrator, I would like to simplify the number of services I need to deploy. They took a significant step in that direction by removing all the Windows dependencies that we had in the past, but there are still a lot of services consuming resources.""They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements.""VMware needs to make it to where it is not as custom. Right now, you spend a lot of time making the services work. In order to get it up and running initially, that takes time.""It needs to be more dynamic with variable customization to make new workloads more reliable. It also needs to be faster. We are exploring vRA version 8 right now and maybe what I'm requesting is available in the new version, but we haven't yet explored it fully.""Multitenancy management is a little bit difficult to do, so it is an area that can be improved.""The initial setup was complex from beginning to delivery. The current version is a bit more complex than version 7 to deploy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco Intersight is not cheap, but it's not the most expensive product either."
  • "It's just the standard licensing cost. There are no additional fees."
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  • "From a budget point of view, the pricing is a bit on the higher side."
  • "It is pricey for what you get."
  • "Customers say this solution is costlier compared to its competitors."
  • "The pricing is very high."
  • "This is an expensive product and the high price is starting to become an issue for us."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I like Intersight because of the integration with HashiCorp, Kubernetes, and each cloud because Intersight is the IO module.
    Top Answer:The unique problem with Cisco Intersight is that it's not supporting some players. For example, Dell and ATP. I have a problem with integrating the existing solutions in the data center. I would like… more »
    Top Answer:vROP is a virtualization management solution from VMWare. It is efficient and easy to manage. You can find anything you need from the software interface. It provides complete visibility over… more »
    Top Answer:The preset policies and templates are useful. I would say that vRA is one of the best solutions we have. The CI/CD features also look helpful even though we aren't using them at the moment. We plan to… more »
    Top Answer:We pay a license based on volume. I rate VMware vRealize Automation four out of 10. The license is quite expensive.
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    Also Known As
    Intersight
    VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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    Overview

    Cisco Intersight is Cisco’s systems management platform that delivers intuitive computing through cloud-powered intelligence. This platform offers a more intelligent level of management that enables IT organizations to analyze, simplify, and automate their environments in ways that were not possible with prior generations of tools. This capability empowers organizations to achieve significant savings in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and to deliver applications faster, so they can support new business initiates. The advantages of the model-based management of the Cisco UCS platform plus Cisco Intersight are extended to Cisco UCS servers and Cisco HyperFlex and Cisco HyperFlex Edge systems. Cisco HyperFlex Edge is optimized for remote sites, branch offices, and edge environments.

    VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is the most up-to-date infrastructure automation platform using performance-based administration and compliance. vRA is created to facilitate organizations to better manage and secure self-service clouds and multi-cloud automation using administration and DevOps-based infrastructure delivery. Organizations using vRA receive the advantages of improved flexibility, reliability, speed, and scalability while they minimize the overall challenges in managing their IT environments, simplify the overall IT process, and deliver a DevOps-ready platform.

    vRA seamlessly automates the provision of IT services by creating a platform for delivering and managing applications. With the utilization of its various robust aspects, vRA allows for speedy workflow automation, intuitive automated application infrastructure delivery, seamless multi-cloud provisioning, and secure software configuration management. 

    This robust 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.

    Benefits of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

    • Speed: vRA provides intuitive workflow templates to facilitate a faster delivery time to market.

    • User-friendly: vRA quickly creates and manages multi-cloud environments using its intuitive automation platform.

    • Modernization: vRA accelerates the promotion of new, cloud-native technologies with a progressive, robust platform built on DevOps principles.

    • Security: Set up your own policies and protocols across multi-cloud environments and reinforce infrastructure with vulnerability remediation and intuitive compliance management.

    Features of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 

    • VMware Cloud Agnostic Template allows users to utilize a single cloud template on any public cloud (Azure, AWS, Google, and more) or VMware cloud with Infrastructure as Code.

    • Configuration management allows users to attain super-fast control for cloud and virtualized environments, compliance enforcement, and vulnerability remediation.
    • Customization: Users have access to the latest tools for customization and resilience with Action-Based Extensibility (ABX), vRealize Orchestrator, and other built-in integrations with many popular third-party applications.

    • Self-Service Multi-Cloud: Users are able to create and deliver infrastructure resources across different clouds using a unified and consistent IaaS consumption layer, idempotent REST API, and self-service catalog.

    Reviews from Real Users 

    Awais J., CTO/CEO at a tech services company, says, "The automation part is most valuable. Because it is a VMware product, the automation capabilities that come with vRA are pretty extensive. We can integrate and build a lot of features on top of it, which makes it extremely useful for us."

    Aravind N., IT Service Manager at Allianz, relates, “vRA helps automate deployment for developers. We do a lot of orchestration or customization within our environment so it will suit each of our customers. We have different business units that have their own templates. This solution has made it very simple for developers. In a way, a layman or NOC guy can deploy a VM. Once they are familiar with the offerings, they can just deploy it without knowing what is going on in the back-end.”

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    Sample Customers
    EXMAR, RapidScale
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider47%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government4%
    Financial Services Firm3%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Intersight vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Intersight vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,593 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Intersight is ranked 10th in Cloud Management with 3 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 9 reviews. Cisco Intersight is rated 8.0, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Intersight writes "Scalable and easy to set up portfolio of services; good for remote device management and other functions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) writes "Allows for a lot of orchestration or customization within our environment to suit our customers". Cisco Intersight is most compared with Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco UCS Director, HPE OneView, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and IBM Turbonomic, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCenter Orchestrator and OpenNebula. See our Cisco Intersight vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) report.

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