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We performed a comparison between F5 BIG-IQ and vCenter Orchestrator based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Process Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed F5 BIG-IQ vs. vCenter Orchestrator report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective.""F5 BIG-IQ has always provided us with great support."

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"vCenter Orchestrator is very reliable and stable.""We have excellent technical support. They have always been helpful when we have needed them.""The solution was easy to install.""The product's integration is good, it works well with other programs and solutions.""If I need to do DR, VMware can enable me to use vMotion, which requires use of vCenter. You cannot do vMotion without vCenter. We do a lot of automation, orchestration, and simplification for that purpose.""The solution is pretty stable and reliable.""It is very stable. I have been using vCenter Orchestrator from version three now to six plus.""The most crucial feature of vCenter is its scalability. We can use it to expand our network, so we don't have to report our client devices. The network configuration features are also helpful because we can migrate entire networks."

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Cons
"They could use YAML or JSON if they wanted to make it a little bit easier for us.""F5 BIG-IQ should improve by being a complete certificate management solution because currently, it is only for Venafi. Other automation platforms, should be added."

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"I did not do the initial setup. However, it was complex at the beginning.""VMware tools would benefit from more automation. When installing our devices and servers, we often need to install the VMware tools manually. This process should be automated during the VM installation process.""I believe a transparent view and better terms of condition between Oracle and vCenter Orchestrator would be helpful.""The price of this product is high and could be improved.""Many times, customers' licenses are not used because the client is not aware of the features and the product benefits. When somebody is buying a product, they just do a default configuration.""I would like to see better performance.""There can be compatibility issues.""I would like to have an interface that can manage both on-premises and cloud solutions from a single console, where we can easily manage the resources that are being used or at least applications. Whereby clicking here and there from on-premises to cloud, or cloud to on-premises, depending on the requirements. If that can be accomplished, it will be extremely beneficial."

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  • "There is only one licensing fee for F5 BIG-IQ and everything is included in the price."
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  • "We provide the VMware solution to our clients, for which they pay a perpetual license."
  • "The concept of hyper-convergence is smart. I don't know if it can be applied with less cost to be more affordable for small or medium-sized companies. The cost is a very important factor for it. We are currently depending on SAN storage. However, the hyper-converged solutions are depending on the storage within the hosts, such as vSAN in the VMware. It is a smart solution."
  • "We pay a yearly fee, based on our entries."
  • "The licensing module is somewhat complex. Calculating the cost is complicated. Many of our clients are unclear about the billing system and the traffic metering."
  • "The licensing cost is manageable because they have different versions available, standard, essential, and advanced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective.
    Top Answer:I don't really deal with pricing. That's more on the product manager. They handle product licensing. I don't have any idea how much the solution costs.
    Top Answer:Overall, the solution is quite good, for how I use it. The user interface could be a bit better. The compatibility with the Hyper-V from Microsoft for cloud deployments could be improved. You do need… more »
    Top Answer:The most crucial feature of vCenter is its scalability. We can use it to expand our network, so we don't have to report our client devices. The network configuration features are also helpful because… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing module is somewhat complex. Calculating the cost is complicated. Many of our clients are unclear about the billing system and the traffic metering. I think we pay for revenue sharing on… more »
    Top Answer:VMware tools would benefit from more automation. When installing our devices and servers, we often need to install the VMware tools manually. This process should be automated during the VM… more »
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    Overview

    F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management provides a unified point of visibility and control for the entire F5 portfolio, ensuring administrators remain aware on the pulse of F5 devices, modules, and licenses and enabling them to deliver optimal application availability, performance, and security.

    BIG-IQ manages policies,licenses, SSL certificates, BIG-IP images, and configurations for F5 appliances and for the following BIG-IP moduals across hardware and virtual editions:

    • BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM)
    • F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall™ (WAF)
    • BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager™ (AFM)
    • F5 SSL Orchestrator®
    • F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender®
    • BIG-IP Access Policy Manager® (APM)
    • F5 Secure Web Gateway Services
    • BIG-IP DNS
    VMware vCenter Orchestrator simplifies the automation of complex IT tasks and integrates with VMware vCloud Suite components to adapt and extend service delivery and operational management, effectively working with existing infrastructure, tools and processes.
    Offer
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    Sample Customers
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    Beiersdorf Shared Services
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government11%
    Insurance Company9%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Hospitality Company6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Media Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    F5 BIG-IQ vs. vCenter Orchestrator
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IQ vs. vCenter Orchestrator and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    F5 BIG-IQ is ranked 16th in Process Automation with 2 reviews while vCenter Orchestrator is ranked 8th in Process Automation with 8 reviews. F5 BIG-IQ is rated 6.6, while vCenter Orchestrator is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IQ writes "Easy to manage, saves time and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of vCenter Orchestrator writes "Enables us to do administration on a centralized layer when using multiple VMware ESX servers". F5 BIG-IQ is most compared with ServiceNow Orchestration and IBM BPM, whereas vCenter Orchestrator is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, VMware Aria Operations, vCloud Director, ServiceNow Orchestration and Microsoft System Center Orchestrator. See our F5 BIG-IQ vs. vCenter Orchestrator report.

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