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"I am very comfortable with it, including it's reporting on threats and through its activities.""The documentation has been satisfactory."

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"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. So, we have different business units who have their own templates.""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.""vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions.""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.""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.""Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components.""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."

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Cons
"It's useful for us but if it had more educational reporting, it would good. It's not necessarily lacking but it's an area that could get better.""Fortinet FortiPortal could improve by providing a learning portal and better security."

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"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.""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?""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.""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.""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."

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  • "Fortinet FortiPortal is relatively expensive, but being an industry-leading firewall, it does come with a cost."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
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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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    The documentation has been satisfactory.
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    Fortinet FortiPortal could improve by providing a learning portal and better security.
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    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 »
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    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. So, we have different business units who have… more »
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    This is an expensive product and the high price is starting to become an issue for us.
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    Also Known As
    FortiPortal
    VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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    Overview

    FortiPortal gives MSPs a comprehensive set of hosted Wi-Fi and security management features for FortiGate, FortiWiFi, and FortiAP products. With multitenancy, you can securely manage your customers through a centralized management console. This lets you respond quickly to customer requests and easily monitor customer networks. Our virtual appliance can be deployed on a hosted services infrastructure, allowing you to build highly-customized private-cloud services for customers.

    VMware vRealize Automation automates the delivery of personalized infrastructure, applications and custom IT services.

    This 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.

    Agility Through Automation

    Automate the end-to-end delivery and management of infrastructure, and accelerate application deployment and releases.

    Choice Through Flexibility

    Provision and manage multivendor, multicloud infrastructure and applications by leveraging existing infrastructure, tools and processes.

    Personalization Through Governance Policies

    Ensure that users receive the right size resource or application at the appropriate service level for the jobs they need to perform.

    Efficiency Through Cost Containment

    Provide consistent, automated delivery and management of IT services and reduce time-consuming, manual processes. Reclaim inactive resources for reuse with automated reclamation, providing cost savings.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Retailer7%
    Insurance Company4%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    REVIEWERS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Fortinet FortiPortal is ranked 8th in Firewall Security Management with 2 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 8 reviews. Fortinet FortiPortal is rated 9.0, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiPortal writes "Good reporting on threats, an easy-to-use portal, with good support". 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". Fortinet FortiPortal is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, AWS Firewall Manager and Palo Alto Networks Panorama, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCloud Director, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, SaltStack and vCenter Orchestrator.

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