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VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Room for Improvement

Aravind  Narayanan - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Service Manager at Allianz

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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RA
CTO at Moca Financial

Interoperability is more of an industry problem. There are multiple cloud provisioning tools out there, and vRA is just one of them. There are a lot of components out there, which all do certain things. There are some hard drives, particular types of servers, particular types of routers, load balancers, and firewalls, where some are stronger in one area and some in another. Interoperability between them would be a good thing.

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?

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CS
Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

Multitenancy management is a little bit difficult to do, so it is an area that can be improved.

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RM
Sr. Technical Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

They should concentrate on navigation and service improvements.

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JP
Product Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. 

I would also like to see a richer API. This is true of all VMware solutions because the REST API is not the best.

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AK
Sr. Cloud Automation Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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. I would like it if they didn't require custom code and we could get it running out-of-the-box.

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AC
IT Consultant at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

In the future, I hope to use a portal from GCP.

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TE
Cloud and Automation Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

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 explored it fully yet.

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