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We performed a comparison between IBM Turbonomic and vCloud Director 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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"I like Turbonomic's built-in reporting. It provides a ton of information out of the box, so I don't have to build panels for the monthly summaries and other reports I need to present to management. We get better performance and bottleneck reporting from this than we do from our older EMC software.""We've saved hundreds of hours. Most of the time those hours would have to be after hours as well, which are more valuable to me as that's my personal time.""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.""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.""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."

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"What I found most valuable in vCloud Director is the multi-tenancy.""The solution is reliable and performs well.""vCloud Director is a scalable solution, and we have 10 customers who use it.""We use the solution to connect clouds to different clouds.""The product allows us to add or remove features.""The most valuable feature of vCloud Director is the scaling architecture that they have built.""The deployment is easy.""The tool is very stable."

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"Before IBM bought it, the support was fantastic. After IBM bought it, the support became very disappointing.""They have a long road map when we ask for certain things that will make the product better. It takes time, but that's understandable because there are other things that are higher on the priority list.""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.""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.""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.""Recovering resources when they're not needed is not as optimized as it could be.""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 matured a lot since then.""The automation area could be improved, and the generic reports are poor. We want more details in the analysis report from the application layer. The reports from the infrastructure layer are satisfactory, but Turbonomic won't provide much information if we dig down further than the application layer."

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"It would be nice to see some new features in respect of the GUI.""The solution requires a lot of hardware and resources for cloud deployment than other competitors. Additionally, the performance could improve.""It would be great if Microsoft and VMware come together and become a common tool.""There are too many errors, it could be more stable.""We use vCloud Director along with Terraform, and it's difficult to make them work together. It takes a long time to deploy virtual machines with Terraform in vCloud Director. For example, it can take about one or two hours to create 10 machines. It takes up a lot of our DevOps' and engineers' time in comparison to that with other solutions. This is an area that they should work on and improve.""vCloud Director should improve by having support with other cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure and Google cloud.""The initial setup is not straightforward; it can be complicated. The deployment can take one to two weeks.""The tool needs to add more features to improve the console."

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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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  • "We pay monthly for all of the licenses."
  • "vCloud Director is an expensive solution."
  • "vCloud Director is priced higher than other solutions, such as Nutanix."
  • "The licensing costs are pretty high, but it might depend on the size of the company."
  • "I recommend using the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus licenses because they unlock all of the solution's capabilities."
  • "The licensing cost is high for vCloud Director. It is mostly a perpetual license."
  • "The solution is expensive so pricing is rated a four out of ten."
  • "The price of the solution is 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:VMware vCloud Director works very well and there are not many things that I would like to see changed. However, a single thing comes to mind when I think of improvements and that is integration. In… more »
    Top Answer:For my company, VMware vCloud Director noticeably increased operational efficiency. When I started working here a few years ago, my organization was using another cloud management tool. We switched to… more »
    Top Answer: When it comes to building applications, vCloud Director offers you various methods to create cloud-ready ones. For example Your DevOps team is supported through Infrastructure as Code services… more »
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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!

    VMware Cloud Director, also known as vCloud Director, is a cloud management tool that offers secure, flexible, and efficient cloud resources to thousands of enterprises and IT teams across the world. The solution serves as one of the leading cloud service-delivery platforms for businesses that want to manage and operate their services effectively. By deploying this solution, companies can benefit from virtualized networking, computing, security, and storage. These benefits can be received in a timely manner, as the infrastructure of the product is operationally ready within minutes and clients do not need to install and configure physical infrastructure.

    One of the biggest advantages of vCloud Director is that it allows users to build cloud-ready applications. In several ways, it facilitates the process for developers, including:

    • Open to DevOps: The product addresses the needs of DevOps teams by providing Infrastructure as Code services with vCD Terraform Provider. This allows developers to deliver infrastructure directly from code. Additionally, it provides capabilities from Python and vCD API as well as Object Storage API and App Launchpad APIs.

    • Customization: This solution is very customizable and extensible for cloud providers to deliver their own branding, themes, and services to their clients.

    • Dev-ready cloud: vCloud Director offers support for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid for vSphere and multicloud with a plugin for container service extension. Through these, native K8s Clusters or Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Clusters can be delivered and managed through a user interface (UI) and application programming interface (API).

    vCloud Director Features

    This VMware product has various features through which users can virtualize their data and benefit from quality management solutions. Among the popular capabilities of vCloud Director are:

    • Elastic secure virtual data centers: This vCloud Director feature provides tenants with securely isolated virtual resources, fine-grained control of their public cloud services, and independent role-based authentication.

    • Multi-site management: This feature allows companies to stretch data centers across sites and geographies as well as connect to existing dedicated vCenters for access and management or on-broad into VMware vCloud Director.

    • ISV ecosystem: This feature integrates leading cloud service vendors into the product using an open extensibility framework. Some of the partners of vCloud Director include Dell Data Protection, Veeam, Cloudian, AWS S3, and Dell ECS.

    • DRaaS workload protection: This feature allows users to deliver self-service tiered disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) on-premises to cloud and cloud to cloud.

    • Cloud migration: Part of this feature is the plugin VMware Cloud Director Availability, which enables simple migration to cloud, offering self-service cold or warm migration to users' vCloud Director clouds.

    • Operational visibility and insights: The product includes an accessible dashboard and a single pane of glass to provide centralized multi-tenant cloud management views.

    • Cloud-native applications and development: This feature makes the platform suitable for developers to sandbox or deploy apps as it natively supports Tanzu Basic, native K8s, and PKS.

    • Automation: Through various tools and deep integration, the solution allows users to automate complex infrastructure-as-code and tile UI-driven workflows. This allows them to deploy X-as-a-Service and maintain full access control and visibility at the same time.

    • Application Platform as a Service: This feature enables users to deliver their own catalog-based applications or VMware Cloud Marketplace-certified third-party cloud applications through the plugin App Launchpad VMware Cloud Director.

    • GPU as a Service: Utilizing Nvidia AI Enterprise, this feature provides support for GPU as a Service and delivers multi-tenant GPU services for customers who require high-performance compute for GPU-specific applications.

    • Secure cloud: The solution supports multiple security-centric features to deliver an enterprise-class cloud service, including NSX-T distributed firewalling, workload encryption, and integrated disaster recovery replication.

    vCloud Director Benefits

    VMware vCloud Director offers various benefits to its users. Some of these include:

    • The solution provides a highly efficient self-service model which consists of a virtual data center compute, network, storage, and security.

    • VMware vCloud Director offers its users multi-tenancy infrastructure with deep automation which facilitates their daily tasks.

    • The product is cost-efficient, as it is service-ready on its very first day and offers a high revenue from services.

    • Businesses can deliver services to their clients in a timely manner through this product, benefitting from its natively integrated solutions.

    • VMware vCloud Director provides users with high flexibility, as it allows businesses to stretch networks across virtual data centers globally.

    • The solution provides load-balancing capabilities, which facilitate the creation of new hybrid applications and digital transformation initiatives.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Ajit Y., a cloud architect at a computer software company, likes VMware vCloud Director because it is a stable, truly multitenant software and the go-to tool for infrastructure as a service.

    Kashif F., a divisional engineer at National Telecom Corporatio, rates vCloud Director highly because the product can be used for infrastructure provisioning without using a platform service.

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    Sample Customers
    IBM, J.B. Hunt, BBC, The Capita Group, SulAmérica, Rabobank, PROS, ThinkON, O.C. Tanner Co.
    MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.
    Top Industries
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Cloud Provider4%
    Transportation Company4%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Turbonomic vs. vCloud Director
    November 2023
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    IBM Turbonomic is ranked 4th in Cloud Management with 15 reviews while vCloud Director is ranked 5th in Cloud Management with 17 reviews. IBM Turbonomic is rated 8.4, while vCloud Director is rated 7.8. 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 vCloud Director writes "Provides control over applications used by users through the launcher but initial setup was complex, especially when dealing with legacy profiles and migrations". IBM Turbonomic is most compared with VMware Aria Operations, Azure Cost Management, Cisco Intersight, VMware Aria Cost powered by CloudHealth and Google Cloud Billing, whereas vCloud Director is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM), Morpheus, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and OpenNebula. See our IBM Turbonomic vs. vCloud Director report.

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