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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
Get full extensibility and customization with Aria Automation Orchestrator (vRealize Orchestrator), Action-Based Extensibility (ABX) and built-in integrations with popular third-party tools.
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.
Manage multiple clouds with templatized cloud and policy definition, cloud environment visibility, and automated remediation.
Achieve day 1 and 2 control for virtualized and cloud environments with intuitive configuration automation, vulnerability remediation and compliance enforcement.
Access user friendly release automation pipelines specifically tailored for CI/CD in infrastructure use cases.
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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