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Turbonomic vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)
May 2022
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"With Turbonomic, we were able to reduce our ESX cluster size and save money on our maintenance and license renewals. It saved us around $75,000 per year but it's a one-time reduction in VMware licensing. We don't renew the support. The ongoing savings is probably $50,000 to $75,000 a year, but there was a one-time of $200,000 plus.""It also brings up a list of machines and if something is under-provisioned and needs more compute power it will tell you, 'This server needs more compute power, and we suggest you raise it up to this level.' It will even automatically do it for you. In Azure, you don't have to actually go into the cloud provider to resize. You can just say, 'Apply these resizes,' and Turbonomic uses some back-end APIs to make the changes for you.""In our organization, optimizing application performance is a continuous process that is beyond human scale. We would not be able to do the number of actions that Turbonomic takes on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It is humanly impossible with the little micro adjustments that it can make. That is a huge differentiator. If you just figure each action could take anywhere very conservatively from five to 10 minutes to act upon, then you multiply that out by thousands of actions every month, it is easily something where you could say, "I am saving a couple of FTEs."""The feature for optimizing VMs is the most valuable because a number of the agencies have workloads or VMs that are not really being used. Turbonomic enables us to say, 'If you combine these, or if you decide to go with a reserve instance, you will save this much.'""Using this product helps us to reduce performance risk because it shows us where resources are needed but not yet allocated.""We can manage multiple environments using a single pane of glass, which is something that I really like.""We like that Turbonomic shows application metrics and estimates the impact of taking a suggested action. It provides us a map of resource utilization as part of its recommendation. We evaluate and compare that to what we think would be appropriate from a human perspective to that what Turbonomic is doing, then take the best action going forward.""We have a system where our developers automate machine builds, and that is constantly running out of resources. Turbonomic helps us with that, so I don't have to keep buying hardware. The developers always say, "They don't have enough. They don't have enough. They don't have enough," when they just configured it improperly. Therefore, Turbonomic helps us identify configuration issues on their side so it doesn't cost me money on the other end to buy resources that I don't really need."

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"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.""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.""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.""Having an enterprise service catalog and being able to automate various parts of our infrastructure are among the most important components.""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 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 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."

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Cons
"It sometimes does get false positives. Sometimes, it'll move something when it really wasn't a performance metric. I've seen it do that, but it's pretty much an automated tool for performance. We've only got about 500 virtual machines, so lots of times, I'm able to manage it physically, but it's definitely a nice tool for a larger enterprise that might be managing 2,000 or 3,000 virtual machines.""Recovering resources when they're not needed is not as optimized as it could be.""Additional interfaces would be helpful.""Some features are only available via changes to the deployment YAML, and it would be better to have them in the UI.""The way it handles updates needs to be improved.""I would love to see Turbonomic analyze backup data. We have had people in the past put servers into daily full backups with seven-year retention and where the disk size is two terabytes. So, every single day, there is a two terabyte snapshot put into a Blob somewhere. I would love to see Turbonomic say, "Here are all your backups along with the age of them," to help us manage the savings by not having us spend so much on the storage in Azure. That would be huge.""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 GUI and policy creation have room for improvement. There should be a better view of some of the numbers that are provided and easier to access. And policy creation should have it easier to identify groups."

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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.""Multitenancy management is a little bit difficult to do, so it is an area that can be improved.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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?"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you're a super-small business, it may be a little bit pricey for you... But in large, enterprise companies where money is, maybe, less of an issue, Turbonomic is not that expensive. I can't imagine why any big company would not buy it, for what it does."
  • "It was an annual buy-in. You basically purchase it based on your host type stuff. The buy-in was about 20K, and the annual maintenance is about $3,000 a year."
  • "I'm not involved in any of the billing, but my understanding is that is fairly expensive."
  • "We see ROI in extended support agreements (ESA) for old software. Migration activities seem to be where Turbonomic has really benefited us the most. It's one click and done. We have new machines ready to go with Turbonomic, which are properly sized instead of somebody sitting there with a spreadsheet and guessing. So, my return on investment would certainly be on currency, from a software and hardware perspective."
  • "When we have expanded our licensing, it has always been easy to make an ROI-based decision. So, it's reasonably priced. We would like to have it cheaper, but we get more benefit from it than we pay for it. At the end of the day, that's all you can hope for."
  • "I know there have been some issues with the billing, when the numbers were first proposed, as to how much we would save. There was a huge miscommunication on our part. Turbonomic was led to believe that we could optimize our AWS footprint, because we didn't know we couldn't. So, we were promised savings of $750,000. Then, when we came to implement Turbonomic, the developers in AWS said, "Absolutely not. You're not putting that in our environment. We can't scale down anything because they coded it." Our AWS environment is a legacy environment. It has all these old applications, where all the developers who have made it are no longer with the company. Those applications generate a ton of money for us. So, if one breaks, we are really in trouble and they didn't want to have to deal with an environment that was changing and couldn't be supported. That number went from $750,000 to about $450,000. However, that wasn't Turbonomic's fault."
  • "It is an endpoint type license, which is fine. It is not overly expensive."
  • "The pricing and licensing are fair. We purchase based on benchmark pricing, which we have been able to get. There are no surprise charges nor hidden fees."
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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:In terms of pricing and licensing, I wasn't involved too much in that portion. In terms of the licensing, I would say it's definitely worth the investment. Even initially, if it seems out of range… more »
    Top Answer:The way it handles updates needs to be improved. That would be one of the areas I would focus on. I wish that the upgrades and updates were more easily accessible. Some of that is based on my… more »
    Top Answer:The product is looking at things in the cloud or in Azure and it gives us reports of things that it could possibly do in Azure, however, we mainly use it on-prem for our VMware environment. The use… more »
    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: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 »
    Top Answer:This is an expensive product and the high price is starting to become an issue for us.
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    Also Known As
    VMTurbo Operations Manager
    VMware vRealize Automation, vRA, VMware DynamicOps Cloud Suite
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    Overview

    Turbonomic, an IBM Company, provides Application Resource Management (ARM) software used by customers to assure application performance and governance by dynamically resourcing applications across hybrid and multicloud environments. Turbonomic Network Performance Management (NPM) provides modern monitoring and analytics solutions to help assure continuous network performance at scale across multivendor networks for enterprises, carriers and managed services providers.

    For further information, please visit www.turbonomic.com

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    VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is the most up-to-date infrastructure automation platform using performance-based administration and compliance. vRA is created to facilitate organizations to better manage and secure self-service clouds and multi-cloud automation using administration and DevOps-based infrastructure delivery. Organizations using vRA receive the advantages of improved flexibility, reliability, speed, and scalability while they minimize the overall challenges in managing their IT environments, simplify the overall IT process, and deliver a DevOps-ready platform.

    vRA seamlessly automates the provision of IT services by creating a platform for delivering and managing applications. With the utilization of its various robust aspects, vRA allows for speedy workflow automation, intuitive automated application infrastructure delivery, seamless multi-cloud provisioning, and secure software configuration management. 

    This robust 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.

    Benefits of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

    • Speed: vRA provides intuitive workflow templates to facilitate a faster delivery time to market.

    • User-friendly: vRA quickly creates and manages multi-cloud environments using its intuitive automation platform.

    • Modernization: vRA accelerates the promotion of new, cloud-native technologies with a progressive, robust platform built on DevOps principles.

    • Security: Set up your own policies and protocols across multi-cloud environments and reinforce infrastructure with vulnerability remediation and intuitive compliance management.

    Features of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 

    • VMware Cloud Agnostic Template allows users to utilize a single cloud template on any public cloud (Azure, AWS, Google, and more) or VMware cloud with Infrastructure as Code.

    • Configuration management allows users to attain super-fast control for cloud and virtualized environments, compliance enforcement, and vulnerability remediation.
    • Customization: Users have access to the latest tools for customization and resilience with Action-Based Extensibility (ABX), vRealize Orchestrator, and other built-in integrations with many popular third-party applications.

    • Self-Service Multi-Cloud: Users are able to create and deliver infrastructure resources across different clouds using a unified and consistent IaaS consumption layer, idempotent REST API, and self-service catalog.

    Reviews from Real Users 

    Awais J., CTO/CEO at a tech services company, says, "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."

    Aravind N., IT Service Manager at Allianz, relates, “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. We have different business units that have their own templates. This solution has made it very simple for developers. In a way, a layman or NOC guy can deploy a VM. Once they are familiar with the offerings, they can just deploy it without knowing what is going on in the back-end.”

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    Sample Customers
    JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citi, ANZ, Credit Suisse, State Street, Morningstar, VOYA, TPICAP, LPL Financial, Cisco, BMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Agilysys, MetLife, Hiscox, Humana, Tokio Marine, Allscripts, SHARP, Providence St. Joseph Health, NBC Universal, pwc, KPMG, Wayfair, Carhartt, Tiffany & Co., UCLA, NASA, NIH
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Turbonomic vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Turbonomic vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,332 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Turbonomic is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 21 reviews while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is ranked 2nd in Cloud Management with 9 reviews. Turbonomic is rated 9.0, while VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Turbonomic writes "Helps us optimize cloud operations, reducing our cloud costs". 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". Turbonomic is most compared with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), Azure Cost Management, CloudHealth, Densify and Cisco CloudCenter, whereas VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) is most compared with vCloud Director, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), vCenter Orchestrator and SaltStack. See our Turbonomic vs. VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) report.

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