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VMware Tanzu Mission Control is #4 ranked solution in Container Management software. PeerSpot users give VMware Tanzu Mission Control an average rating of 7.4 out of 10. VMware Tanzu Mission Control is most commonly compared to OpenShift Container Platform: VMware Tanzu Mission Control vs OpenShift Container Platform. VMware Tanzu Mission Control is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 70% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 20% of all views.
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What is VMware Tanzu Mission Control?

What is VMware Tanzu Mission Control?

VMware Tanzu Mission Control is a platform that enables you to manage modern applications by providing a single control point for IT teams to more easily handle Kubernetes and run modern containerized applications across multiple clusters and clouds. Because the solution is an API-driven service, it allows you to manage all of your clusters via its API, the web-based console, or the CLI. The VMware Tanzu Mission Control console gives you the ability to view Kubernetes resources in two ways - either by cluster groups to provide an infrastructure view, or by workspaces to provide an application view.

VMware Tanzu Mission Control Provides:

  • Control for operators
  • Consistency for DevOps
  • Flexibility for developers

VMware Tanzu Mission Control Features

VMware Tanzu Mission Control has several valuable features, including:

  • Cluster lifecycle management: VMware Tanzu Mission Control gives you the flexibility needed to create or delete clusters, or upgrade or resize them by simply connecting to your own cloud provider account.

  • Cluster diagnostics and observability: With a comprehensive console, VMware Tanzu Mission Control makes it possible for you to monitor your clusters’ health and resource usage. The console allows you to see cluster details, such as nodes, workloads, and namespaces.

  • Cluster inspections: You can easily ensure consistency of clusters by running preconfigured inspections.

  • Data protection: With VMware Tanzu Mission Control, data resources in your clusters can be backed up and restored to ensure data protection.

  • Access control: VMware Tanzu Mission Control provides federated identity management and allows you to apply role-based access control on a granular level to meet your security requirements.

  • Policy management: You can create customized policies to manage your clusters, workloads, and namespaces, alleviating the need to manage your Kubernetes resources and its apps manually.

Reviews from Real Users

Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by VMware Tanzu Mission Control

users who are currently using the solution.

PeerSpot user Abbasi P., who is a Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm, mentions what he finds to be most useful about the product, stating, “Tanzu Mission Control has quite a set of rich features when compared to OpenShift. I like the dashboard for monitoring the CI/CD pipeline, the entire process of releasing it into the cloud, and deploying it to the cloud.

Aurelio R., who is an IT Specialist at a tech services company, explains why he thinks the solution is 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."

A Cloud Architect at a computer software company says, “The multi-tenancy with the VCD is great.

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VMware Tanzu Mission Control Pricing Advice

What users are saying about VMware Tanzu Mission Control pricing:
  • "VMware Tanzu Mission Control is cheaper than Red Hat OpenShift."
  • "There are different licenses available. You have to upgrade your license if you want to scale the solution more."
  • "I would recommend that businesses look into the full price for their requirements. The price is high, but there are some open-source add-ons that can be used for customization while keeping costs down, although these might not be suitable for everyone."
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    Abbasi Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
    User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    A centrally managed security platform with a rich set of features, but it could be more secure.
    Pros and Cons
    • "Tanzu Mission Control has quite a set of rich features when compared to OpenShift."
    • "We want to see a new feature that helps build more security architecture like Zero Trust Security or shifting left in Kubernetes."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Mission Control for cloud-native developments where the underlying layer is Kubernetes. We do deployments, and we check the code in GitHub and integrate with GitLab. In GitLab, we have the Git Actions, and it triggers the CI/CD pipeline.

    It's all based on the underlying cloud-native development perspective and the actual deployment in the cloud. It depends on the particular flow from the development environment to the staging environment and the cloud deployment. That's why it's in a hybrid cloud, and we have two deployment topologies. One is vm cloud, and the other is vCloud on AWS.

    AWS is the public cloud part of it. We also have the Azure Cloud, and Azure is our hybrid cloud environment. This is basically for the use cases around the CI/CD and monitoring the CI/CD cloud-native deployments in the azure cloud. If we have containerized images that have to be deployed in azure cloud, we monitor them using the Tanzu Mission Control.

    What is most valuable?

    Tanzu Mission Control has quite a set of rich features when compared to OpenShift. I like the dashboard for monitoring the CI/CD pipeline, the entire process of releasing it into the cloud, and deploying it to the cloud.

    What needs improvement?

    We want to see a new feature that helps build more security architecture like Zero Trust Security or shifting left in Kubernetes. It would help if they build something like that into the product and actually make all the containerized images deploy into the Azure Cloud in a secured manner.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using VMware Tanzu Mission Control over the past year.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    VMware Tanzu Mission Control is a stable product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's scalable but takes one day because the underlying architecture is all Kubernetes. Kubernetes has got the master-worker clusters and the slave nodes. The master cluster manages multiple pods on slave nodes, and then there is a control plane. These three are the major components in the Kubernetes underlying architecture, which allows you to scale faster. You can scale easily, and you can scale based on the business KPIs. You can also scale based on the technical KPIs.

    How are customer service and support?

    VMware has an extended team. The VMware onsite engineers are deployed to the account as the extended team is involved in 24/7 support because ours is a very big account for them. Not only that, it means we are rolling out the cloud-native development, which is very business-critical. It goes through support and is made available by VMware on a regular basis. But it's in terms of the deployment, monitoring, and fixing any possible bugs.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. Once we created the cluster in Azure Cloud, it doesn't take more than six to eight hours to deploy Tanzu Mission Control on top of it.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have a large infrastructure team that works as a VMware standard team, offsite and onsite. They are involved in doing the configurations and deployments. We don't need more than five people to deploy this solution.

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

    VMware Tanzu Mission Control is cheaper than Red Hat OpenShift.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We initially had a hybrid cloud in the Red Hat hybrid cloud environment, and I think they provided OpenShift, and it was evaluated. But Red Hat was expensive. OpenShift has integrations with all kinds of cloud-native libraries, but even Tanzu Mission Control supports most cloud-native libraries. New cloud-native projects can also be integrated easily. But I think, in terms of the features, Tanzu Mission Control has quite a rich feature set compared to the OpenShift.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give VMware Tanzu Mission Control a six.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud

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

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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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
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    IT Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Plenty of customization, easy to use, and responsive technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "VMware Tanzu Mission Control has many valuable features, such as ease of use and customization."
    • "The solution could improve by having better integration with other solutions such as HPE."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use VMware Tanzu Mission Control as a centralized management platform.

    What is most valuable?

    VMware Tanzu Mission Control has many valuable features, such as ease of use and customization.

    The most important feature of VMware Tanzu Mission Control is the integration with vSphere because it allows easy implementation of the solution into the development cycle. Additionally, you can run the containers on the virtual machine in the same cluster.

    Many people in organizations need to change the monolithic way that they develop programs. However, with this solution, you are able to integrate both monolithic and virtual machines. The new way is with microservices and people who have worked in the development for a long time it can be difficult to learn the new modern techniques of development.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution could improve by having better integration with other solutions such as HPE.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using VMware Tanzu Mission Control 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?

    VMware Tanzu Mission Control is scalable. You can increase the cluster size with other solutions, such as vSphere. Additionally, if you have a version of the solution that allows integration of cloud services, such as Amazon or Microsoft Azure, you are able to integrate your on-premise clusters.

    How are customer service and support?

    The technical support is very good and has a fast response time. However, the level of support depends on the license contract you have with VMware. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation was simple. You need to implement the console with the virtual machines, your Visor, and then you can begin to use and integrate your vCenter with all the VMware environments.

    It takes approximately one day for the implementation of the console and another day for the vSphere.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did the implementation of the solution.

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

    There are different licenses available. You have to upgrade your license if you want to scale the solution more.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate VMware Tanzu Mission Control a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    Devi Vara Prasad Dommeti - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Engeener at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    A "one-view" solution for multi-site businesses that can be customized at a price
    Pros and Cons
    • "A feature we find valuable is that other products can also be integrated with Mission Control. This means that we can see the status of specific clusters, as well as view the monitoring application logs all from one point."
    • "The disaster recovery feature could be improved to provide better tracking of issues. I would also like to see the introduction of a dashboard view, for even further integration of all the areas that Mission Control looks at."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are primarily utilizing it for racking and debugging purposes. However, as we use Mission Control with cluster integration, we are also using it to track our Kubernetes clusters; monitoring our rank, whether a cluster is active or not, which product application is deployed on this cluster, etc.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It has provided us with one central point where we can easily track our product QA, and our project resources, across multiple projects and multiple business units.

    What is most valuable?

    A feature we find valuable is that other products can also be integrated with Mission Control. This means that we can see the status of specific clusters, as well as view the monitoring application logs all from one point. 

    What needs improvement?

    The disaster recovery feature could be improved to provide better tracking of issues. I would also like to see the introduction of a dashboard view, for even further integration of all the areas that Mission Control looks at.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for around two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have found the solution to be scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    The technical support is okay for the standard tool, but they sometimes don't support our customized version when issues occur.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was very easy to set up; deployment took a matter of seconds.

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

    I would recommend that businesses look into the full price for their requirements. The price is high, but there are some open-source add-ons that can be used for customization while keeping costs down, although these might not be suitable for everyone.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this product seven out of ten.

    The cost is a major factor in this solution; anything above the standard version comes at a high price. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Cloud Architect at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    A multi-tenant platform minus a GUI

    What is our primary use case?

    We are interested in using this solution as a Container as a Service (CaaS).

    What is most valuable?

    The multi-tenancy with the VCD is great. 

    What needs improvement?

    This product doesn't have a GUI. In order to use it properly, I need to connect it to a new GUI or build a GUI to manage it — it's pretty difficult.

    This solution should come in a suite including other solutions like Grafana and Prometheus.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have only been using this solution for a couple of weeks; I am just testing it out. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    As we don't have a license, we don't receive customer support. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial installation could be easier — it's complex. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I installed this solution by myself.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Currently, I am evaluating Rancher and OpenShift.

    What other advice do I have?

    At this point in time, I would give this solution a rating of seven 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
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