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VMware Aria Automation vs vCloud Director comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on July 12, 2022

We performed a comparison between vCloud Director vs VMware vRealize Automation vRA based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of vCloud Director say that the setup is straightforward. In contrast, VMware vRealize Automation users have mixed opinions, most mentioning that it was complex while a few found it easy.
  • Features: Users of both solutions are happy with the products’ stability.

    vCloud Director users like the solution’s multi-tenancy and multi-site configurations. Users would like to see improved scalability and better integration with hyperscalers.

    vRA users like that the solution offers good policy management, flexibility, automation capabilities, and scalability. Users mention that the multi-tenancy management could be improved.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions consider the pricing to be expensive.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions find the technical support to be good.
  • ROI: Users of vCloud Director do not mention ROI. Users of vRA mention a significant ROI.

Comparison Results: VMware vRealize Automation vRA wins in this comparison because scalability is not an issue like it is for vCloud Director, and because users have been very satisfied with the ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed VMware Aria Automation vs. vCloud Director report (Updated: September 2022).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We can run it on self-hosted systems, and we are happy with the stability of vCloud Director.""What I found most valuable in vCloud Director is the multi-tenancy.""The most valuable feature of vCloud Director is the scaling architecture that they have built.""The initial installation and setup are very quick.""This is the go-to tool for anyone looking for standard out-of-the-box capabilities in a fully multitenant public cloud software that they can leverage to offer services to their customers.""Good features of extensibility, which allows integration of other services.""The most valuable features of the vCloud Director are global management, added services, and automation.""The stability of the product is better than just 'good.'"

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"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.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"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.""Lacks integration with the hyperscalers.""It would be nice to see some new features in respect of the GUI.""vCloud Director should improve by having support with other cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure and Google cloud.""Cloud Director has room for improvement in many areas. One critical thing that comes to mind is the hyperscalers. They could be more seamlessly integrated into the hybrid cloud.""The integration between components could be improved.""This solution could improve by adding root cause analysis.""The initial setup of the vCloud Director was not complex and not easy, it was in the middle range of difficulty. It could be made easier."

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"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?""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.""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.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It runs our company in the millions of rand every month."
  • "This is an expensive solution."
  • "It's a costly product. The licenses may not be costly, but with every new development in their product, we need to purchase deployment services, and the deployment services are quite costly."
  • "The license could be less expensive and we are on a perpetual license."
  • "In certain cases, the price of Cloud Director is quite high, especially with the load balancing and other features they've introduced. That seems quite costly. Overall, for VSPP programming, I think it's okay. However, features like enterprise load balancing and all these other things are very costly."
  • "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."
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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:vCloud Director is a stable solution.
    Top Answer:The licensing costs are pretty high, but it might depend on the size of the company.
    Top Answer: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… 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: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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    VMware vCloud Director provides software-defined services for data centers in the form of virtual data centers. Computing, networking, security, and storage are all virtualized when you deploy this solution. The result is that users will get to enjoy infrastructure that is operationally ready in a matter of minutes without needing to install and configure any physical infrastructure.

    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
    MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.
    Rent-a-Center, Amway, Vistra Energy, Liberty Mutual
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider45%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Cloud Provider5%
    Transportation Company5%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    VMware Aria Automation vs. vCloud Director
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware Aria Automation vs. vCloud Director and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    vCloud Director is ranked 7th in Cloud Management with 14 reviews while VMware Aria Automation is ranked 5th in Cloud Management with 9 reviews. vCloud Director is rated 8.0, while VMware Aria Automation is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of vCloud Director writes "Great extensibility feature, which enables integration of other services ". 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". vCloud Director is most compared with VMware Aria Operations, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service, vCenter Orchestrator and Cisco UCS Director, whereas VMware Aria Automation is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, VMware Aria Operations, vCenter Orchestrator, SaltStack and Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service. See our VMware Aria Automation vs. vCloud Director report.

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