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We performed a comparison between IBM Turbonomic and Red Hat CloudForms based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"My favorite part of the solution is the automation scheduling. Being able to choose when actions happen, and how they happen...""I like Turbonomic's automation and AI machine learning features. It shows you what it can do, but it can also act on recommendations automatically. Integration with an APM system makes the AI/ML features truly effective. Understanding what the application is doing and the trends of application behavior can help you make real-world decisions and act on that information.""Before implementing Turbonomic, we had difficulty reaching a consensus about VM placement and sizing. Everybody's opinion was wrong, including mine. The application developers, implementers, and infrastructure team could never decide the appropriate size of a virtual machine. I always made the machines small, and they always made them too big. We were both probably wrong.""The tool provides the ability to look at the consumption utilization over a period of time and determine if we need to change that resource allocation based on the actual workload consumption, as opposed to how IT has configured it. Therefore, we have come to realize that a lot of our workloads are overprovisioned, and we are spending more money in the public cloud than we need to.""I like the analytics that help us optimize compatibility. Whereas Azure Advisor tells us what we have to do, Turbonomic has automation which actually does those things. That means we don't have to be present to get them done and simplifies our IT engineers' jobs.""Using this product helps us to reduce performance risk because it shows us where resources are needed but not yet allocated.""The notifications saying, "This is a corrective action," even though some of them can be automated, are always welcome to see. They summarize your entire infrastructure and how you can better utilize it. That is the biggest feature.""The solution has a good optimization feature."

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"Red Hat CloudForms is a stable product. There is no issue with the stability.""I am impressed with the product's ability to create dynamic catalogs.""I am impressed with the product's reports.""The solution is compatible and integrates with various infrastructures or providers.""The most valuable features of Red Hat CloudForms are the benefit of the collective functionality.""Red Hat CloudForms is stable once it is up and running."

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"The reporting needs to be improved. It's important for us to know and be able to look back on what happened and why certain decisions were made, and we want to use a custom report for this.""Additional interfaces would be helpful.""If they would educate their customers to understand the latest updates, that would help customers... Also, there are a lot of features that are not available in Turbonomic. For example, PaaS component optimization and automation are still in the development phase.""Before IBM bought it, the support was fantastic. After IBM bought it, the support became very disappointing.""There is an opportunity for improvement with some of Turbonomic's permissions internally for role-based access control. We would like the ability to come up with some customized permissions or scope permissions a bit differently than the product provides.""The way it handles updates needs to be improved.""I do not like Turbonomic's new licensing model. The previous model was pretty straightforward, whereas the new model incorporates what most of the vendors are doing now with cores and utilization. Our pricing under the new model will go up quite a bit. Before, it was pretty straightforward, easy to understand, and reasonable.""The management interface seems to be designed for high-resolution screens. Somebody with a smaller-resolution screen might not like the web interface. I run a 4K monitor on it, so everything fits on the screen. With a lower resolution like 1080, you need to scroll a lot. Everything is in smaller windows. It doesn't seem to be designed for smaller screens."

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"It is difficult to create a complete dashboard that includes all the needed features or catalogs.""Red Hat CloudForms could improve by allowing more customization of reports. We have to do a lot of coding to accomplish what we want. Additionally, the compatibility with the multi-cloud could improve. The latter versions of the solution removed Google support and the cost comparison between other clouds was high.""The problem is that the platform requires it to be maintained and updated. Also, a few cases are still pending with the Red Hat support team since they are not closed yet.""All of the areas of Red Hat CloudForms could improve. It doesn't do half of the things that it says it can do out of the box. It takes configuration to make any of it work, which is not uncommon for solutions similar to this. However, it is frustrating.""The solution's provisioning engine needs to be improved.""I have issues with the solution's permissions. Unlike VMware, the product doesn't allow folder-type permissions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is in line with the other solutions that we have. It's not a bargain software, nor is it overly expensive."
  • "I don't know the current prices, but I like how the licensing is based on the number of instances instead of sockets, clusters, or cores. We have some VMs that are so heavy I can only fit four on one server. It's not cost-effective if we have to pay more for those. When I move around a VM SQL box with 30 cores and a half-terabyte of RAM, I'm not paying for an entire socket and cores where people assume you have at least 10 or 20 VMs on that socket for that pricing."
  • "In the last year, Turbonomic has reduced our cloud costs by $94,000."
  • "I consider the pricing to be high."
  • "Everybody tells me the pricing is high. But the ROIs are great."
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  • "The price of Red Hat CloudForms was not competitive, it was expensive."
  • "Red Hat CloudForms has a subscript-based pricing model. The cost is approximately $20,000 annually which allows you to use as many users as you want."
  • "The product's licensing is based on the number of servers."
  • "Red Hat CloudForms is a bit expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We're still evaluating the solution, so I don't know enough about what I don't know. They've done a lot over the years. I used Turbonomics six or seven years ago before IBM bought them. They've… more »
    Top Answer:Turbonomics helps us understand resource usage and enables us to make decisions about how to utilize those resources. For example, let's say you check your monthly water bill and see that it's up 25… more »
    Top Answer:I am impressed with the product's reports.
    Top Answer:I have issues with the solution's permissions. Unlike VMware, the product doesn't allow folder-type permissions.
    Top Answer:I would rate the product a four out of ten since its implementation is not as good as it sounds.
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    Also Known As
    Turbonomic, VMTurbo Operations Manager
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    IBM Turbonomic is a performance and cost optimization platform for public, private, and hybrid clouds used by customers to assure application performance while eliminating inefficiencies by dynamically resourcing applications through automated actions. Common use cases include cloud cost optimization, cloud migration planning, data center modernization, FinOps acceleration, Kubernetes optimization, sustainable IT, and application resource management. Turbonomic customers report an average 33% reduction in cloud and infrastructure waste without impacting application performance, and return-on-investment of 471% over three years. Ready to take a closer look? Explore the interactive demo or start your free 30-day trial today!

    Manage container, virtual, private, and public cloud infrastructures

    Managing a complex, hybrid IT environment can require multiple management tools, redundant policy implementations, and extra staff to handle the operations. Red Hat® CloudForms simplifies IT, providing unified management and operations in a hybrid environment.

    As your IT infrastructure progresses from traditional virtualization toward an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model, CloudForms evolves, protecting your investments and providing consistent user experience and functionality.

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    Sample Customers
    IBM, J.B. Hunt, BBC, The Capita Group, SulAmérica, Rabobank, PROS, ThinkON, O.C. Tanner Co.
    Cox Automotive, Penn State, FICO, G-ABLE, Seneca College, ITandTEL, The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), MyRepublic, Macquarie, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, CBTS, Network Data Solutions (NDS)
    Top Industries
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Media Company12%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business36%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Turbonomic vs. Red Hat CloudForms
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Turbonomic vs. Red Hat CloudForms and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    IBM Turbonomic is ranked 4th in Cloud Management with 15 reviews while Red Hat CloudForms is ranked 7th in Cloud Management with 6 reviews. IBM Turbonomic is rated 8.4, while Red Hat CloudForms is rated 6.2. The top reviewer of IBM Turbonomic writes "Provides recommendations whether workloads should be scaled up or down". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat CloudForms writes "Lacking cloud service support, complex configuration, but reliable". IBM Turbonomic is most compared with VMware Aria Operations, Azure Cost Management, Cisco Intersight, VMware Aria Cost powered by CloudHealth and AWS Cost Management, whereas Red Hat CloudForms is most compared with Morpheus, VMware Aria Automation, vCloud Director and IBM Cloud Automation Manager. See our IBM Turbonomic vs. Red Hat CloudForms report.

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