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We performed a comparison between SaltStack and VMware Aria Automation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed SaltStack vs. VMware Aria Automation report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and differentiated tasks that can be automated in SaltStack."

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"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.""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.""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.""vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions.""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.""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.""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.""Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components."

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"This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering."

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"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.""Multitenancy management is a little bit difficult to do, so it is an area that can be improved.""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.""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.""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?""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
  • "The pricing for this solution is roughly 20% lower than the competitive products in the market."
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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:The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and… more »
    Top Answer:This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering.
    Top Answer:We have used it for infrastructure management between our hybrid cloud, provisioning and patching, using automation.
    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
    VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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    SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that can manage, secure, and optimize any infrastructure—on-prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. It’s built on a unique and powerful event-driven automation engine that detects events in any system and reacts intelligently to them, making it an extremely effective solution for managing large, complex environments. And with the newly launched SecOps offering, SaltStack can detect security vulnerabilities and non-compliant, mis-configured systems. As soon as an issue is detected, this powerful automation helps you and your team remediate it, keeping your infrastructure securely configured, compliant, and up-to-date.

    Consistent Automation Across Clouds and Data Centers

    Designed to deliver self-service clouds, multi-cloud automation with governance, and DevOps-based infrastructure management and security, VMware Aria Automation (vRealize Automation) helps improve IT agility, productivity and efficiency so you can prepare for the future of your business.

    • Offload manual tasks with advanced workflows and agile templating.
    • Establish consistent policies across multi-cloud environments and strengthen infrastructure with native compliance management, flexible cloud guardrails and vulnerability remediation.
    • Rapidly set up and manage multi-cloud environments throughout the lifecycle with an intuitive, self-service consumption experience.
    • Expedite the adoption of new, cloud-native technologies with a future-ready platform built on Infrastructure as Code and DevOps principles.

    VMware Aria Automation (vRealize Automation) Features

    VMware Cloud Agnostic Template

    Use a single cloud template to deploy on VMware Cloud or any major public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and more) with Infrastructure as Code.

    Extensibility and Customization

    Get full extensibility and customization with Aria Automation Orchestrator (vRealize Orchestrator), Action-Based Extensibility (ABX) and built-in integrations with popular third-party tools.

    Self-Service Multi-Cloud

    Enable users to request and provision infrastructure resources across clouds with a unified and consistent IaaS consumption layer, self-service catalog and idempotent REST API.

    Centralized Policies and Governance

    Manage multiple clouds with templatized cloud and policy definition, cloud environment visibility, and automated remediation.

    Configuration Management

    Achieve day 1 and 2 control for virtualized and cloud environments with intuitive configuration automation, vulnerability remediation and compliance enforcement.

    Infrastructure Pipelining

    Access user friendly release automation pipelines specifically tailored for CI/CD in infrastructure use cases.

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    Sample Customers
    IBM CloudTD BankScotiaBankLinkedIneBayLiberty MutualTargetHyattCyxteraNetAppFacebookLyft
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company55%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    SaltStack is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 1 review while VMware Aria Automation is ranked 5th in Cloud Management with 9 reviews. SaltStack is rated 8.0, while VMware Aria Automation is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SaltStack writes "Orchestration tool that powers automation of processes with the click of a button". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Aria Automation writes "Allows for a lot of orchestration or customization within our environment to suit our customers". SaltStack is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, HashiCorp Terraform, BigFix and AWS Systems Manager, whereas VMware Aria Automation is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, VMware Aria Operations, vCenter Orchestrator and Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service.

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