VMware Aria Automation vs vCenter Orchestrator comparison

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Updated on Oct 2, 2022

We performed a comparison between VCenter Orchestrator and VMware Aria Automation based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, users of both solutions feel setup is easy and straightforward.
  • Features: vCenter Orchestrator users like that it scales easily. The network configuration features make it easy to migrate entire networks. The solution integrates well with other tools and solutions. Users would like to have an interface that can manage both on-premises and cloud solutions from a single console, so they could easily manage the resources that are being used.

    VMware Aria Automation easily integrates and users can build a lot of features, which makes it extremely useful. The DevOps for infrastructure capabilities helps developers by automating processes and reducing provisioning time. Users feel it needs to be more dynamic with variable customization to make new workloads more reliable. They say it also should be faster and lighter.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions consider the pricing to be expensive.

  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions feel the service and support they receive is good.

Comparison Results: VMware Aria Automation helps organizations improve IT agility, productivity, and efficiency to remain competitive and secure in the marketplace. Users feel it is a complete solution that is stable, easy to manage, and performs very well.

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"It is very stable. I have been using vCenter Orchestrator from version three now to six plus.""We can scale the solution.""If I need to do DR, VMware can enable me to use vMotion, which requires use of vCenter. You cannot do vMotion without vCenter. We do a lot of automation, orchestration, and simplification for that purpose.""The solution is pretty stable and reliable.""The product's integration is good, it works well with other programs and solutions.""The solution was easy to install.""vCenter Orchestrator is very reliable and stable.""We have excellent technical support. They have always been helpful when we have needed them."

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"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 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 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.""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.""Aria Automation gives you the flexibility to deploy tenants with customized blueprints for permissions and policies. Version 7.8 consisted of multiple products, so you had to deploy a lot of virtual machines on one of the servers. Starting from 8.6, VMware consolidated all the components into one Linux appliance. This allows the option to use vRA or DevOps capabilities.""vRA has enabled us to derive value from the cloud faster. It is five to six times faster than traditional solutions.""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.""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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"The cost of the solution is high.""There can be compatibility issues.""Many times, customers' licenses are not used because the client is not aware of the features and the product benefits. When somebody is buying a product, they just do a default configuration.""VMware tools would benefit from more automation. When installing our devices and servers, we often need to install the VMware tools manually. This process should be automated during the VM installation process.""The price of this product is high and could be improved.""I would like to have an interface that can manage both on-premises and cloud solutions from a single console, where we can easily manage the resources that are being used or at least applications. Whereby clicking here and there from on-premises to cloud, or cloud to on-premises, depending on the requirements. If that can be accomplished, it will be extremely beneficial.""I did not do the initial setup. However, it was complex at the beginning.""I believe a transparent view and better terms of condition between Oracle and vCenter Orchestrator would be helpful."

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"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.""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.""They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements.""The initial setup was complex from beginning to delivery. The current version is a bit more complex than version 7 to deploy.""Multitenancy management is a little bit difficult to do, so it is an area that can be improved.""They could extend the ability to use vRealize Orchestrator Automation for organizations with multiple tenants. It should be easier to operate and extend different capabilities from vRealize Orchestrator. Currently, it's difficult to build advanced services in Aria Automation because you need to use the vRealize Orchestrator.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We provide the VMware solution to our clients, for which they pay a perpetual license."
  • "The concept of hyper-convergence is smart. I don't know if it can be applied with less cost to be more affordable for small or medium-sized companies. The cost is a very important factor for it. We are currently depending on SAN storage. However, the hyper-converged solutions are depending on the storage within the hosts, such as vSAN in the VMware. It is a smart solution."
  • "We pay a yearly fee, based on our entries."
  • "The licensing module is somewhat complex. Calculating the cost is complicated. Many of our clients are unclear about the billing system and the traffic metering."
  • "The licensing cost is manageable because they have different versions available, standard, essential, and advanced."
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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:There are multiple licenses available so customers can choose what makes sense based on their needs. The pricing could be a bit less between the pandemic and the war. It's also expensive as it is in… more »
    Top Answer:In the last few months, I've heard rumors that ransomware has been gaining the ability to attack VMware, which has us worried. The cost of the solution is high.
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    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:Aria Automation gives you the flexibility to deploy tenants with customized blueprints for permissions and policies. Version 7.8 consisted of multiple products, so you had to deploy a lot of virtual… 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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    VMware vCenter Orchestrator simplifies the automation of complex IT tasks and integrates with VMware vCloud Suite components to adapt and extend service delivery and operational management, effectively working with existing infrastructure, tools and processes.

    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
    Beiersdorf Shared Services
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Hospitality Company6%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    vCenter Orchestrator is ranked 8th in Process Automation with 9 reviews while VMware Aria Automation is ranked 4th in Cloud Management with 10 reviews. vCenter Orchestrator is rated 9.0, while VMware Aria Automation is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of vCenter Orchestrator writes "Enables us to do administration on a centralized layer when using multiple VMware ESX servers". 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". vCenter Orchestrator is most compared with VMware Aria Operations, vCloud Director, ServiceNow Orchestration, Microsoft System Center Orchestrator and Control-M, whereas VMware Aria Automation is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, vCloud Director, VMware Aria Operations, SaltStack and Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service.

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