If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
It provides proactive monitoring, but it is not a real-time monitoring. It is polling every five minutes. If there is an issue in the first minute, but polling happens at the fifth minute, there is a gap of four minutes. It will capture that failure and alert in the fifth minute. It is more reactive monitoring, in that sense. But at least we know there is an issue. Overall, vROps is maturing, year by year. New versions have a lot of scope. We are not fully utilizing it, but if you understand the product features correctly, it will save you a lot of cost and reduce manual efforts. I would recommend it. If someone is looking for virtual monitoring, vROps is the best solution.
My advice would be to look at it holistically, meaning look at what you want to achieve in the final endgame. Also, evaluate a couple of products to get a feel for them and which product suits you. In addition, create roles within your company, because this needs dedicated attention when you implement it and attention to sustain it. There should also be alignment with an application team or leadership team when implementing this kind of solution.
In the future I'd like to use the plug-in and the APM. In the future, using the APM, things will be better. Nowadays, applications have under-utilization of hardware. I'm happy with the solution. There are many options for using it because of the features vROps has.
I rate VMware vRealize Operations very highly because it gives you multiple features such as compliance, agility, and staying hybrid, although if you want you can do it on-prem or on the cloud. I would recommend it regardless of the deployment, whether it's on-prem or AWS or hybrid. It is user-friendly, but it definitely requires a little tweaking in the environment when you're doing the installation to set it per your requirements, your infrastructure, and per your expectations. What are you trying to monitor? Once you're done with setting up vROps for your cluster or nodes, then it's very easy to use. It will really help you out to get to the stage of automation for your infrastructure, so you don't need to depend on manual processes at all. We are not using Kubernetes or Tanzu as of now, but we are planning to incorporate it down the line, maybe in three to six months. Overall, I would rate vROps as a nine out of 10. The one point I'm leaving out is because there is room for improvement, as I mentioned earlier.
When we speak to clients about it they often say, "I'll think about it." I think the best thing for them to do would be to actually use it, with the 60-day trial. They should play around with the tool and then come back and say, "This is what I can do in the product." That way, they would see what the product is about. I'd rather they experience something than somebody else telling them about it. Clients have access to VMware. They can download the solution from wherever they are and then start playing with it. They need to see what it can do and realize, "Wow, what an amazing tool." They need to see the benefits of the tool. It's the best monitoring tool. It is expensive, but expensive is relative. It's a matter of the client having a play with the tool and realizing what an amazing tool we have. My clients are quite small so when they do use it, it's when I'm with them. They don't understand what the product does. For me it's a big thing, but for them, it's neither here nor there. They say, "We'll deal with it when we can. We'll look into it whenever we've got the time." It's never the situation where I've come back and my client is saying "Wow, that is brilliant!" They say it's brilliant when I do it but they don't go back and start utilizing the tool. So I don't really always get the feedback that I desire. One of my colleagues is busy with a deployment at one of our clients and he's also doing the Blue Medora integration. I talk to him on a daily basis just to get an update, and he's amazed at what vRealize can do. From that perspective I think that we're quite happy with the product.
We don't use VMware's Tanzu solution along with this solution for Kubernetes monitoring and management, but we have had discussions with the VMware team about it. It is still in discussion. Leaving the issue of cost aside, I would rate vROps at eight out of 10, in terms of the technical side, integration, and support.
The implementation is easy. You just need to assign resources to install all the virtual machine requirements, but the process is straightforward. My biggest advice is to check the dashboard marketplace because you can find dashboards that are useful to you too. The dashboards are produced by the community. They are free, although some of them need container packs that you need to pay for, or you may need a licensee to use some of them.
We are still running vROps in parallel with some products that we are currently using. However, I am seeing the opportunity for it to take over from our other tools in the future. From what I have read, it is a great tool that you can use across multiple clouds. We are planning on implementing VMware's Tanzu solution along with vROps for Kubernetes monitoring/management in Q1 2020. I am currently familiarizing myself with it because I know it's something that I will be deploying pretty soon. I would rate this solution as a nine out of 10.
I recommend implementing vROps by first setting up a pilot environment. You need to become a master in vROps to make the best use of its features. If you don't have any experience with a lot of the features provided by vROps, you can't easily use them, and you can't understand the difference between vROps and SolarWinds and other products. So I would recommend studying it in detail. After that, you can make use of it, because vROps is a bit complex.
I would rate this solution 9/10, it has been helpful ever since i deploy it to manage my environment. it is a bit complicated though, but I am having fun with all the functionality I have seen. The remaining is 1/10 is for improvement to take care of any surprises i might see later because there no solution that is 10/10.
I would rate this solution somewhere between a seven and eight. Not a ten because there's always room for improvement.
I would rate this solution a seven or an eight. We are starting to see the benefits and we are starting to use its recommendations and starting to tweak it down. We still need somebody to look at this data, analyze it, and make decisions. Once some of the automation orchestration goes in, then it will move up again up to a nine or something like that.
I would recommend this product from VMware. If you need some analytical tools, I would recommend this product. I would rate this solution a seven. I don't give tens because something could always be better.
I would of course recommend this solution to someone considering it. The new versions are simple, useful, and expandable. I would rate this solution an eight. I wouldn't give it a ten, but I know that vRealize Operations provides API. You can get anything you need from API, not only from the dashboards.
I would rate this solution an eight. It serves its purpose but it has room for improvement. For example, vCenter has Flash version and HTML5. HTML5 is really, really good. It's fast and good. If they can make it simple like this it would be perfect.
I would rate this solution a seven because it's not the best it can be yet. It has room for improvement but it has definitely evolved to become above average.
I would rate this solution a nine.
I have seen the demos and what it can provide is fantastic. It more than makes it worth it to use the product. I would rate it between a nine to ten.
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
I would give this solution a nine. One for the future improvement. I would recommend it, and especially if you have a huge environment, it will easily give you a complete view of what's inside and what configuration is in it.
This solution offers a sixty-day free trial so I would advise someone considering this solution to give it a go. At the end of the day, you won't lose anything, you get to play with the product. Make sure to get your technical guy in early to help support you. I would rate this solution a solid nine because there's always room for improvement. It's a very good product, very easy to use and it has great integration points with other VMware products.
I would rate this solution a solid nine because there's always room for improvement. I would highly suggest using the product. Its benefits vastly outweigh the price that it costs, the time it takes to implement, and what it can do for your SaS is unbelievable.
We have tested some other solutions and they are not as integrated and as easy to manage. I would advise someone looking into this solution that one vendor is always a better option than three or four. I would rate this solution a nine because normally I wouldn't give a ten. We do not have any problems with the product. It solves our problems. We now know if something is on the console and if there really is a problem. Before this, we had a lot of false positives. It digs into the problems and then at the end it just drops it.
I would rate this solution an eight.
I would tell somebody looking into vROps or a similar solution that it's a good product. I haven't had any problems with it. I want to continue using this product moving forward and I would definitely recommend it to a colleague. I rated this solution a nine because we haven't had any problems with it. It has provided me with the information that I've needed to make sure that our environment stays stable and it provides our users with the needed applications.
Don't knock it because it's a vendor-specific solution. It does do what it says on the tin and helps us on a day-to-day basis.
My advice would be, do a hands-on lab. Get to grips with it before you deploy it. I rate it at eight out of ten. It's a great product. It integrates well with the VMware stack. It covers all the VMware technologies. I just need it to be more intuitive, so that's why it's an eight and not a nine or a ten.
If you're using VMware, use the native products that they have because they are great.
I'm happy with it. It does all what it promises and helps us. We are a VMware partner and integrator, so we deploy it to a lot of our customers. We love promoting this product to all of our customers.
I would recommend to try the solution.
I rated this solution an eight because it's a good product but it's a bit complicated. I'm rating it based on my expectations of this kind of product. Once you install it you can expect it to help predict issues. In order to understand all of these metrics, you have to delve and dig into them yourself. If you don't know where you're looking for a problem and need it to be more specific then you have to customize it on your own. I would advise somebody looking into this product that you have to know exactly what you're looking to get; what kind of metrics and what they involve. It is quite expensive and if you just implement it just because you can then you won't get any benefit from it. You have to think through and plan ahead. You have to understand what the issues are that you want to solve with this solution. Otherwise, this solution is a waste of money.
I would rate this solution a nine because I think that the tool is very powerful and we are very happy with the product. I couldn't imagine finding a similar product that would have the same abilities as this one. If you're looking into this or a similar solution I would advise you to do VMware's training on it because it's the best training I have had with VMware. I always refer back to the information I got from the training.
I can recommend the solution for VDI.
Don't underestimate the time for getting it in place and in tune for your business. Even though it's pretty much turnkey, ensure you have enough time to focus on getting it tuned for your environment. It is a good product, but our company has a lot of tuning to do with the product.
I would recommend NSX. From my experience, the solution is pretty good.
It won't work out-of-the-box the way you want it to. As with any product, it will require customization with your organization's environment.
IT sees a lot of benefit from this solution, mainly regarding troubleshooting, identifying issues, and retrospective trouble-shooting. It offers a timeline in which you can go in and see how the machine was behaving. It identifies deep issues at high levels. I would tell someone looking into this solution that you need high-level tools. You can't be relying on the free tools or on vCenter free questions. You need a step up to aggregate that information. I would look at all of the available solutions.
Use VMware to support the solution. Don't go at it alone.
Install it and give it a shot. Know that it's not so easy to configure or learn. You need to invest some time to get to know the product, but it can be very helpful. In some places, it is easy to use, and in other places, not so much. The prebuilt dashboards are easy to use, but if you want to create your own, it is not so easy. It is the same for reports.
Use it! It makes perfect sense. It is very intuitive and user-friendly. The solution is a lot more intuitive and user-friendly these days than it was before.
I would recommend vROps.
If your infrastructure is VMware-based, you will get the most value out of the solution.
Try it. Or, you can start small and use it. It makes our life so much easier.
It speeds up troubleshooting. Overall, we can see what is happening on our platform. On the other hand, the VMware platform is so stable that there is nothing to maintain.
Install and use it. It is a very good, though it needs a few tweaks.
I would rate this solution an eight because we don't know how to maximize all of the features. Once we do, maybe it'll go up to a nine. I would advise someone looking into this or a similar solution to first analyze your infrastructure. Take a look at what you need and then directly focus on your objective. This way you can maximize the solution.
I would tell somebody looking into vROps or a similar solution to get someone with in-depth knowledge to help you with finding your use case. It's very important to set your expectations, know what your KPIs are. This will help you better navigate the solution. I rated this solution a seven because it's complex and not intuitive. It has a long learning process. It can be frustrating trying to get the correct information from it.
I would rate this solution a ten. I was looking for a solution that would help me do my work and this does exactly that. I would tell someone looking into this solution to go for it.
I would rate this solution an eight. It's a good solution and I like it. I haven't explored it enough to be able to say that it's a perfect ten. I would advise someone looking into this or a similar solution to consider vROps. Have a look, try it out, and try some demos. I think it's a really good product.
Cost savings isn't a problem for us because we have enough resources with the cloud provider. If you're looking into vROps and similar solutions, I would recommend vROps because it's a good program.
It is easy to use from its deployment architecture to use cases. It is straightforward for customers to use. It's a good product and better than the earlier versions.
I would definitely recommend the solution. It is next, next, and next to use. You don't need to have much high tech knowledge. It is very intuitive.
It creates simple dashboards. Let it run for a couple of weeks, then it collect all the data you need and you can start to play with it. It is easy to use. Its first versions were a bit less user-friendly. However, in its latest versions, everything is done with the wizard. We just follow the wizard, and not much knowledge is needed to start directly with the product.
* Dig into your requirements. * Put a list together. * Then, start taking a look at vCOPS, because it's a great product. It most likely will fit your requirements. I would highly recommend the product to anybody who is out there. It has saved us a lot of money. I would give it a nine out of ten. It's an excellent product, but there's always room for improvement. I never give anything a ten. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We usually put together a list of requirements about what we are looking for within the product. One was the extensibility; the ability to kind of have a single pane of glass. This has been one thing which benefited us with vCOPS, as we can snap in almost any other vendor's hardware, whether it be UCS, Dell, or Cisco switches. This was a big requirement for us.
It's a nine out of ten. There's always room for improvement with any product, but it's a solid solution. vRealize is easy to stand up. It's very easy to point at your workload. It's not going to be impacting. Put it up there. Take a look at it. Point it at your infrastructure and just see what comes out. I think you'll be surprised. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: As a cloud provider, we have a dedicated team that goes through and evaluates new products. It's what we do day in, day out, and we have a fairly lengthy evaluation process that goes in. We look at everything from the support of the product provided by the vendor, the patching process, the upgrade process, and their roadmap. We really go through every facet of the product to make sure that it's going to be a good fit for our organization before we consider putting it into production.
Try to stay with something that is going to monitor your entire environment. Don't go with one solution that will monitor your virtual infrastructure and another that will monitor the Window Servers or applications. Get that single pane of glass view so it has that entire overview of your environment in one spot. I would rate the solution as an eight out of 10. It is a set it and forget it product. We are not constantly having to babysit or troubleshoot it. It does what it is designed to do, and it does a very good job of it. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: supportability. Everything is going to break sooner or later, and how they support or fix it says a lot about a company.
If you are running an infrastructure with a variety of components from various different vendors, and want to get monitoring all in one place, this is the solution to go with. The important criteria when selecting a vendor for any solution: * How stable the product is. * The ease of usage. * Support's availability. I would rate the solution somewhere between an eight and nine, because it has worked like a charm for me over the years. It is a little bloated right now. I would like to see it broken out into microservices, so the overall footprint of the application is reduced. That would get it to a ten in my eyes.
If you're running VMware, implement vRealize Operations as soon as possible. I would rate the solution and eight out of ten. The only reason why (it's not a ten) is because of that graphical interface (issue) that I just described.
Pick something very simple and very intuitive and very efficient for operations. As an engineer, just basically simplify. It's a simplified product and vROps is the product that I would highly suggest and recommend. In terms of how the product itself has improved, the first one I've seen is the UI, the dashboard, and the intuitiveness of the product, how it works with the web browser, it's very efficient and fast. That's one of the improvements I've seen. Right now, I strongly feel the product is a solid eight. I haven't got the exposure to the vROps products, I would give it a ten, but the way I feel right now once I feel that it's a solid ten I'll give it.
I would rate this solution a six.
I rate vROps at eight out of ten. I don't think any platform will ever be a ten because there's always that little bit of room to grow. But they do what they do fairly well. Maybe there are other products that can do it a little bit better, but for the balance of cost, the ease of use, and how well it integrates into our environment, it is a good fit for a lot of places. If you have specific needs it doesn't fill, there may be better options. But for us, in our environment, it just works well. The most important criterion in selecting a vendor is intuitive interfaces, the ease of management going forward. I don't want my reporting and management platform to be hard to manage. It's not something you should have to look after. It's something that should be looking after your infrastructure, not your having to look after it to look after your infrastructure. The most important thing is a good user experience, something that's very intuitive. If you bring some new person into the environment, you don't want them to take weeks to understand how the tool works and what it does for them.
Go for it. Be willing to go through some growing pains to get it going, but once it's going it's beautiful. It's worth the effort. For a new user, it's not intuitive and user-friendly. But once you get the hang of it, it becomes very logical. When you're first sitting and looking at it you can get information out of it, but to really use it and get to the meat of the program, it takes a little bit of learning, a little bit of familiarity.
Take a look at the whole vRealize suite. They all interactive with each other. It can provide you with streamlined automation. It can get your company to where it needs to be.
We will be implementing NSX next month.
The best process is to put them all in place, compare the products, and come to the best product that works for your organization. The nice thing about the vROps is that it has all kinds of integration points to all the products that we were using in our environment. So getting all that data into one place and then correlating it together, that was a strong selling point for us. The only issue we have right now is just time; time to fully use the product. It has a huge number of features and we're using probably 10 percent of them right now. I rate it a nine out of 10 because it gives us, overall, a really good feel for the environment. I think there is some UI stuff that could be better. They have done that with a lot of the new stuff, but a lot of the old stuff is still there.
I would give it a thumbs up. I'm not certain there are too many solutions that integrate on the level it does with the data that it does. As I mentioned, our previous implementation, or previous corporate solution, was SolarWinds, and it just interfaces differently, and the data is not the same. This is the easiest way. I rate it at about eight out of 10. That's primarily because there are always improvements. Technically, I don't see anything wrong that would drag it down quite a bit. I would like it to have a little more responsiveness. I know we are not running the latest vCenter environment that it's integrated with, but there are times that some of the data lags and sometimes the screens will somewhat freeze for a little bit, to repopulate. But that is really the biggest inconvenience that we've seen with it.
Be prepared to get it spun up quickly but, to really get the value out of the product, I'm not saying you have to dedicate resources to it, just give it a little care. Don't just make it a shelfware product where you install and use it for one very small thing. It's a powerful product but you do need some expertise and some time and effort spent to actually drive value out of it. When selecting a vendor, what's important to me is commitment to the customer in terms of supportability and to be with me when I do have issues. I want them to work with me to troubleshoot and understand that it's not always about the price, it's not always about the name, it's about how they react when things aren't going well. Because of the early struggles we had, I would go with an eight out of ten for vROps at this point. Again, a lot of those things were just figuring out how much infrastructure it needed, to perform in our size of environment.
In terms of advice to colleagues, I would give them examples of reports to prove that what we're saying is true, but the proof is in the pudding. I rate it a nine out of 10. If it had more advanced features without having to pay for them it would be a 10.
The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is that their product works.
Figure out what you need, what your requirements are, and see if the product meets that.
The biggest piece of advice is definitely to learn your environment, know your metrics and, prior to implementing, have a baseline of where you'd like to be. That way, when you implement it, it's easier to measure based on your metrics, as opposed to trying and figure it out later on. I rate vROps a 10 out of 10. We've definitely seen the advantages of utilizing vROps. There's tons of stuff that we're not really utilizing through vROps that I think would help an environment.
Work with your VMware TAM, work with your VMware support group to get it installed the first go-round, get used to it. Definitely do a PoC, don't just try to roll it into production. Assess it first.
The most important criteria when selecting a vendor for our company is cost.
After training, it is worth the effort.
I rate this solution an eight out of 10. What would make it a 10 are improved features for the endpoint operations agent and the ability to more easily monitor solutions other than just VMware. We have a mixed environment that includes VMware, some oVirt and KVM, and some other things. The main goal of our management is a single pane of glass, if possible, and that is something that I would like to see.
Attend a training class first, before your boss hands it to you and says, "go." We're new to it, so it's hard for me to rate it well at this time. In the early days, I'd say it's about a seven out of ten. I wouldn't give it anything higher than that until I get more time to play with the knobs and turn the switches and see how it works. It was easy to install, there's a lot of good documentation, and I'm finding a lot of good free training out there, since I'm constrained on purchasing training this year. This is my training budget for this year, the attending of the VMworld 2018 conference. I love VMworld. I think it's very useful. That's why I'm here, to look at the vROps. I also came to talk to some experts about SQL questions I have, and some other clustering questions as we move forward with some projects. I have found the conference to be very useful this year.
Among the most important criteria when selecting a vendor is money, that is definitely a big factor; but also their dependability or their reputation. We need to know that the product is going to do what we're looking for it to do. We're a small shop, so we have a lot of work to go around. We want the product to do what they say it will do.
I would rate this solution a five. There's a lot of stuff that we'd like to do that we can't. I would advise someone considering this solution to take classes and get a lot of information because this solution may look simple but it's a lot harder than it seems.
It's definitely worth using.
With this particular solution, with vRealize Operations, if you have a reasonable-sized on-prem environment, it's definitely worth investing in. If you're going to be just straight cloud, it may not necessarily be as perfect. But I would definitely recommend it.
I don't know how to move past where I am. I feel like I'm only scratching the top 20 percent. When looking to work with a vendor, I look for one that is knowledgeable, that understands my problems and the way I work, and that will be there when I need help.
The deployment can be complex so I would advise someone looking into this solution to engage professional services to set up a proof of concept environment and to evaluate it. I rated this solution an eight because we've had issues with the stability and the appliances. Other than that, it's a solid product. It does exactly what we need it to do and we're happy with it.
Compare the solutions and see which one is going to give you the best bang for your buck, the best functionality, and help your environment. The most important criteria when working with a vendor are the * service they provide * ease of use of the product. It's not perfect but it's a good solution. It was implemented before I joined the company. I wish I had known more about it, such as: How does it cost-compare to other solutions and how does it compare to solutions like Turbonomic; how does it compare in terms of functionality?
Start small. Don't try to put too much stuff in it at one time. This way you won't have information overload when you start receiving data back from it. I was able to start using it quickly the first time. I have been working with VMware for forever. It has been a good experience. Most important information when selecting a vendor: * Be responsive. * Provide good support. * Have a solid product.
Install and do an evaluation and you'll be looking for licensing within a few days of your installation. It won't take the whole 30 days to figure it out. My rating of eight out of 10 is strictly the result of my own experience with version 6.0. If I had to do rate version 6.7 - and I don't even have it installed - I would probably give it a 10.
My recommendation would be to look at your use case and look at what exactly your requirements are and, from there, if your use case fits the model then you can reduce the amount of administrative overhead that's associated with managing the hyperconverged system. I would give it about an eight out of ten. The reason is that we still see challenges with bugs. But we're also looking at the long-term feasibility of the product and looking at long-term changes within our architecture to reduce our administrative overhead.
My advice would be, just go ahead and buy it. It's going to be leaps and bounds ahead of doing it the hard way. It puts it all in one place, gives you a little bit of capacity planning, a better idea of what your actual capacity is, versus just looking at the spot values you get right out of VMware at a given point in time. In terms of looking at a VM, you can see how much RAM it is actually using over a period of time versus whatever the user claims: "Oh it's completely out of memory." We can say, "Is it? Is it really? Let's check it out." I rate it at nine out of 10. It would be a 10 with just a little bit more arm-twisting on the people that are supplying their little add-ins, to make sure that they're of a sufficient quality to match whatever else is in VMware. They need third-party quality control, less so the actual VMware parts.
If you're heavily invested in VMware already, go this way. It's going to be a lot better in the long run. I rate it a nine out of 10. To get to a 10, I would like to see those improvements around the UI and making things a little more user-friendly.
I rate this solution at eight out of ten. It would become a ten if it were easier to scale out licensing and easier to use dashboards. Those are is my two top points.
I would recommend this solution to a colleague if they have a VMware shop and need something to provide visibility in their environment. I would definitely give it around a nine out of 10 because sometimes, in terms of the user experience, people find stuff difficult to use. But obviously, the more dashboards you create that are relevant to you, the better it will be.
I rated this solution a nine because I haven't had any issues with it and it has been intuitive and easy to use. I don't know it well enough to give it a ten. If you're considering this solution, I would advise you to consider it and to look at your environment to see how it can assist with troubleshooting.
I would rate this solution at about eight out of ten. To get to a ten it would have to have more ease of configuration and maybe some wizards in there to help configure more typical scenarios that people want to do in there. It's still fairly complicated to really get the full use out of it.
I would rate this solution a seven. We don't use it enough for me to give it a ten. There's a lot of value to it but we don't fully exercise it. It's a great product depending on what everyone's needs are.
Definitely utilize any training resources you can find so you understand the product's power and what it can do. Trying to figure it out on your own is not so easy. It's mostly user-friendly and intuitive. They're improving their dashboards which makes it a lot easier. Sometimes, drilling down and trying to find the exact thing you're looking for can prove challenging at first, but it's getting better. Regarding cost savings through higher capacity utilization, we haven't seen that so much, but we're running pretty lean. It even tells us that now, so we didn't have a lot of capacity over-use. I think it's a good product. I'm sure there's room for improvement: integration with some of the other things. I can't really say it's the best product that I've ever seen, but it's doing what we need it to do right now.
vROps is a ten out of ten. It's a really good product, I'm excited about it, I like using it. It's also one of those products that I like engaging with on a daily basis. It's easy to use, it's kind of fun and insightful to look at all your different environments and be able to get the answers you need. Honestly, it makes my leadership happy when they see the stuff that I generate out of it. That's always a plus too.
It is a biased answer since we are a partner, but VMware is, to us, the top virtualization company. On a scale of one to ten, I give it a 12 because it has never failed us.
I would definitely suggest you use it. It's a really good tool for what we use it for, for troubleshooting machines. The Troubleshooting Dashboard really highlights things pretty well. I rate vROps a seven out of ten. It might be a ten if they made it a bit more user-friendly, a little bit more intuitive.
I rate this solution an eight out of ten. It's not a ten because there is no clear definition of the metrics. That is something I would like to see.
I rated this solution an eight because it's intuitive and easy to use. The features that it'll bring us are tremendous. It's going to be like having extra people on hand. Automation is a powerful tool that we're looking to use that'll make everything a lot easier.
Everybody virtualizes now. It's just the thing you do. It's so efficient. I could go through the list but being able to consolidate infrastructure, you save time, you save money, it's just something you do. They have done a pretty good job. The new client is really good.
I would rate this solution as an eight and a half. I would tell a colleague who is considering this solution that it's worth investing in.
I would definitely suggest to colleagues that they use this solution. I would encourage them to take a training class on it so they can get more out of it, get their money's worth. I rated it an eight out of 10. I like it. I think it could be a 10. There are things I'm not doing in there, so any difference between my score and a 10 is probably my own fault for not utilizing it fully.
I rate vROps at nine out of ten. To get to a ten it goes back to better explaining the badge labeling for batches.
My advice would be to purchase the product because it definitely helps troubleshoot issues in probably one-tenth of the time that it would take without it. It's something I wouldn't live without, at this point.
Do it. Just start off small. Add one vCenter, then add the rest as you go. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Straightforward use; I don't want complex. * Reliability. * If it snaps into something, the better. Because our team is very small for our environment. The fewer consoles that we need to know (or access), the better.
I would rate this solution a seven because it's complex. The new versions are a lot better. If you're considering vROps I would tell you do first do your homework. Make sure that you're ready and that it's going to fit your needs. Make sure there are full-time employees to manage it because it's not something that you just set up and go. It's got to have someone to babysit it and maintain it. Somebody needs to take care of the many different dashboards and functionalities.
Look for ease of use. The first program you should have is one that you find easy to use. Today, vROps is easy to use. Back in the time, the first time we looked at it, it was fairly complicated to set up; the rules, etc. But today it's very easy.
The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * product availability * interoperability with our current environment * ease of use. We like to have a really nice GUI interface, something that people can be trained on very quickly, especially when we have new staff come in who are not familiar with the product. We like to get them up and running as quickly as possible. For us, having that flexibility is a real game-changer.
You'd want the ease of use to be the primary draw to the product. Somebody who is evaluating vROps - when I didn't know anything about it and I was looking at it for the first time - it is very daunting. It's very complex and very confusing and especially, back then, there wasn't really any good training. I would tell a colleague not to try to do it alone. It's worth the effort, but you need to get help, either from your TAM or from somebody else, a colleague of yours who uses the product. Get some guidance because it's a very difficult product to get into and master on your own. As good as it is, it's not perfect so I would have to rate it a nine out of 10. I would love to see something that I could turn over to a junior administrator who hasn't had my level of involvement with the product and say, "Here you go," and have it be, from a certain perspective, clear enough and intuitive enough for him to at least start getting some information out of it. Like I said, it's a very complex product and you can get a lot of stuff out of it and I like that, for myself, but it's hard getting other people involved with it when it takes so long to figure out what's going on. I think that the engineers who created it are on the same page as me. As soon as it opens up, I see a wealth of information. But it's very daunting to somebody who is new to the product.
It's an absolute must to get the information that you want out of your VMs and to be able to help application people pinpoint problems. You just don't run a big VMware shop without vROps. It is intuitive but in terms of "friendly", it takes a lot to learn how to use it. You can get really granular, so it takes education to really effectively use it. I would rate it an eight out of 10, and the reason for that is, as I mentioned, they've taken some features away that I want back. They're telling me they're going to give them back but I'm going to have to teach myself how to use them again. But it has done everything that we've asked it to do. It can do more and my rating could go up if we actually got in and used it better than we do now.
Get it. It's the best. No problems. It's a great product. I love it.
Depending on your use case, I would caution you to know what it does and what it doesn't do. We bought it with pie-in-the-sky hopes that it would really solve everything. For this product in particular, it just doesn't seem that it was enterprise-ready for a company of our scale, when we tried to adopt it. It's been going through a lot of changes now. I haven't been as involved in the last year with it but I know that they've moved up another rev in the versioning and, of course, everything gets better with each rev. But it was a rocky start for us. We're still using it and we still have hopes. We're not going to give it to the application teams, but we might give them a scheduled report that at least gives them a non-instantaneous look at their systems.
If you're planning to do a Horizon deployment I would definitely recommend vROps. It seems to be the best. In the past, when we were doing PCoIP exclusively, it was the only tool that gave you excellent PCoIP metrics. I assume that that is moving forward as well. For a Horizon deployment, you almost have to have vROps if you want that kind of data. I rate the solution at eight out of 10. To get it to a 10, I would like to see some training on the Horizon-specific pieces and, somehow, they should make it easier to find those granular things that you're always looking for. You're always running into a situation where you want to use the tool to figure out a problem, but the amount of effort needed to delve into vROps and find the exact metric you're looking for is always so difficult.
If you're not using it, certainly go out and get it. And if it's part of your licensing, certainly install it, because it really is a great product. I need to use it more to see what I can do with it. There are additional features, which would require additional licenses, and we'd have to make the case for that. But it's certainly a great product.
We've been using it for approximately two years now. We originally upgraded from vCOps to vROps. We have also expanded our platform to include vRealize Log Insight which further helped us to understand and perform RCAs as needed, when events occur. Get involved in the community. Get involved in performing hands-on labs. And, quite frankly, deploy it. Create use cases, create your test cases, and validate them. The reasons I rate vROps at eight out of 10 are because there are always areas for improvement. In addition, the limited amount of management packs natively available through vROps is a huge factor. As you can imagine, as with most companies, we do use a gambit of other solutions and other hardware, and the ability to use vROps as a single pane of glass would allow us to have one solution for all, and make for easier integration.
Overall, it's a great solution. It's really easy to use, really easy to set up, and especially for reporting, it's really good.
Give it a chance. They have a demo, you can fire it up and actually use it in your environment. That's the best way. That's what everyone wants to see, the product with their data. That's pretty standard but they offer it, and that's the best way to look at it. I rate the product at eight out of ten because of the need that it fills, it's very specific. I don't know of any other products that fill that need to the same extent.
I always recommend this solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Brand name * The vendor's skill set * The technical support.
Pluralsight is a good start, to get an overview of it. Research it, PoC it, stick it out, have it monitor production for a couple of weeks and see what kind of results you get.
I don't really have anything to compare it to right now, but on a scale from one to ten, it's about an eight. I expect to see some things getting better down the road, so I'm sure that number will go up.
It's a good starter. If there is a company who has a small to medium business (or enrollment), it really works. If you have a large organization running 30,000 to 40,000 VMs, your network is very heterogeneous, your company has acquired lot of other companies, and enrollment is very scattered, it might not fit in well with the existing version.
I recommend vRealize Operations for bigger work environments. It is a very helpful tool compared to others.
I would definitely encourage colleagues to look at vRealize Operations. I would tell them the experience I have had with it and help them see the differences, how vRealize Operations works with other components, depending on how they are using VMware. I would strongly recommend it. I would rate this solution at nine out of 10 because there is nothing negative about it but I would, again, like to see it able to collect more metrics on things outside my virtual center.
Make sure it does what you want it to do. For me, when selecting a vendor, the most important criterion is, does the product do what it's supposed to do? I would rate vROps at seven out of 10, mostly because it needs a better user interface.
* Conduct workshops and capture monitoring requirements at a high level; document and understand the customer's requirements. * Study the customer’s infrastructure, as it will be useful during the implementation stage. * Align the customer's requirements, so that all the required systems are monitored in the vROps platform. * Work out the network firewall rules that are required to configure vROps. * Use the vROps sizing guidelines and sizing guide spreadsheet prior to vROps deployment. * Deploy the remote collectors for bigger environments as it puts less load on the analytics cluster. * Post deployment of vROps, you should create a full-stack relationship dashboard, as it helps to identify issues at various tiers in a typical 3-2-1 type environment. * Make use of role-based user account management. * Avoid taking snapshots or backups of vROps nodes during DT window.