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Container Management
September 2022
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IT Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A stable and scalable solution with great integration with VMware, but requires a lot of knowledge of Linux and better support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most important feature of Tanzu Mission Control is its integration with the other products, especially with ESX and vSAN. This is a strong part of Tanzu Mission Control. In other solutions, such as OpenShift or Kubernetes, you can find similar features, but they don't have similar integration. With Tanzu Mission Control, you get a total solution with only one provider. You have the integration with the infrastructure, virtualization of networking, and virtualization of storage. You have a natural integration, and you don't have the problem of integrating it with different products or providers. Sometimes, different companies have good integration, but it is not always guaranteed. For example, many years ago, Cisco and VMware were good partners in networking, but when VMware started to sell ESX, the relationship was broken. This is the problem that you can face when you are using solutions from two different companies."
  • "It is not easy to build a solution with containers. It has a graphical user interface, but you need to have a lot of knowledge of Linux and how to work in the command mode. Its support can also be improved. Currently, its biggest disadvantage is that it is a new product, and the clients prefer to go for a solution that has been in the market for a long time. There are not that many people who know this product."

What is our primary use case?

We have clients with different use cases. We have a customer who is a service provider who sells services in the cloud and Kubernetes. Our clients have cloud and on-premises deployments.

What is most valuable?

The most important feature of Tanzu Mission Control is its integration with the other products, especially with ESX and vSAN. This is a strong part of Tanzu Mission Control. In other solutions, such as OpenShift or Kubernetes, you can find similar features, but they don't have similar integration. 

With Tanzu Mission Control, you get a total solution with only one provider. You have the integration with the infrastructure, virtualization of networking, and virtualization of storage. You have a natural integration, and you don't have the problem of integrating it with different products or providers. Sometimes, different companies have good integration, but it is not always guaranteed. For example, many years ago, Cisco and VMware were good partners in networking, but when VMware started to sell ESX, the relationship was broken. This is the problem that you can face when you are using solutions from two different companies.

What needs improvement?

It is not easy to build a solution with containers. It has a graphical user interface, but you need to have a lot of knowledge of Linux and how to work in the command mode. Its support can also be improved.

Currently, its biggest disadvantage is that it is a new product, and the clients prefer to go for a solution that has been in the market for a long time. There are not that many people who know this product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for more than six months. It is quite a new product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is good. I didn't find any major problem that broke the solution and impacted the services.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is good. I didn't find any issues with its scalability. One of our clients is a big company here, but if you compare it with an American company, it would be considered a small company.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is not good, but it is also not bad. The support is normally outside of America. Sometimes, it is in Europe. There are people with a lot of VMware experience in Europe but not in America. However, VMware is building its support.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is not very easy. When you work with containers, you work in Linux. It has a graphical user interface, but you need to have a lot of knowledge of Linux and working in the command mode. It is not easy to build a solution with containers. 

Its implementation takes a long time. It took us 90 days for one customer and 60 days for another customer.

What about the implementation team?

You need to connect it with other parts of the infrastructure. We have ten people who are into networking and storage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our clients evaluate other free products. Two of our clients have a strong relationship with VMware. They don't evaluate other products.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate VMware Tanzu Mission Control a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Join worker nodes and create a large cluster of servers within minutes
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is that the solution can be deployed in the cloud which removes the expense of a server."
  • "The solution does not work on a route-wise NFS."

What is our primary use case?

Our company deploys the solution as a container platform that balances node availability and load. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that the solution can be deployed in the cloud which removes the expense of a server. Everything you need is provided in the cloud where you can make clusters, add masters and worker nodes, and install ports. 

The solution includes an integrated file agent and a control center director that embeds within the release. It is much easier to configure the install or file agent through the GUI than having to work on command lines in a CLI. 

What needs improvement?

The solution does not work on a route-wise NFS.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is more stable than others because it allows for redundancies. Data can be stored on the PV and transferred to many worker nodes. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is easily scalable by joining worker nodes with masters. 

For example, your customers increase so you want to jump your worker nodes from four to forty. You simply install the solution, join worker nodes with masters, and create a larger cluster of servers within a matter of minutes. 

How are customer service and support?

I serve as a DevOps expert for my customers and don't have the need to contact support. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our company used Docker but switched around the time it was acquired by Mirantis. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. If you have an adequate amount of CPU and memory, then setup can be as fast as eight minutes. 

I rate the initial setup a nine out of ten. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We currently use both Kubernetes and OpenShift. 

What other advice do I have?

It is beneficial to be aware of Linux or Unix concepts when working with the solution and managing clusters. 

I rate the solution a ten out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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DevOps Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Well designed dashboards, user friendly, and easy to manage
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution has a lot of good features, such as you can access the console and edit through the GUI. The dashboard and the UI are designed well, user-friendly, and easy to manage, and access."
  • "The solution could improve by adding more features in the dashboard, such as monitoring, scanning, and security. This would be a great benefit."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Rancher Labs' for the overall management of our Kubernetes cluster. For example, we manage the production and UAT environment of all our applications or containers.

What is most valuable?

The solution has a lot of good features, such as you can access the console and edit through the GUI. The dashboard and the UI are designed well, user-friendly, and easy to manage, and access.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by adding more features in the dashboard, such as monitoring, scanning, and security. This would be a great benefit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Rancher Labs for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not had any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not paid for the support for the solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is free and open source but there is a fee for support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have been evaluating Red Hat OpenShift, Kubernetes, Tanzu, and Nirmata.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Rancher Labs an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Buyer's Guide
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September 2022
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