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When evaluating Virtualization Management Tools, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
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it_user688197 - PeerSpot reviewer

In order of Importance:
1. Accuracy of information
2. Reporting ability (able to automatically generate and email customized reports)
3. Diverse compatibility (ability to monitor more than 1 technology, as we utilize both VMware and Citrix Xenserver)
4. Automation.

it_user163023 - PeerSpot reviewer

Few markers on deciding the Monitoring Tools -

1) Know your virtual environment at detailed design level of VM, Hypervisor, datastores, LUN, Storage, network and security

2) Know details of application environment that can affect your business

3) Know the health and capacity issues of your infrastructure

4) Analytical tools with 'what-if' scenarios.

5) User customised dashboards for each divisions or Tenants

6) Business dashboards for Senior Management

Practical Advise would be: You may look at tools like vROPs, VMTurbo, CA-UIM, Nagios, Opennebula...etc

I would also like to know from community any tools they are using which are similar to VMTurbo but with added / improved feature

JOHAN ROJAS - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

A tool that provides trust that is not complex its administration and management of virtual machines

Hosea Abere - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The tool to be licensed in a way that business friendly.Support from multiple vendors, self service, easy reporting and automation

it_user536112 - PeerSpot reviewer

For my point of view, there are 3 points :
- Reports (could be presented to the customer or management team)
- Custom dashboard (to help us concerning Capacity Planning, Forecasting and Resources consumption)
- Resources Management (VM information, VM consumption, VM placement, automation vMotion...).

it_user75651 - PeerSpot reviewer

Lots of very good responses already so don't want to repeat those again but first of all you should start ''what is the problem or needs'' you want new solution to fulfill - in business perspective & IT perspective. What you want to achieve with that. Then you can try to compare current solutions and find any gaps exists - it might even be that current solution is already providing you all needed capabilities. Business case per each solution so don't only compare technical bit and pieces (sometimes more features don't mean better solution for your problem or better business case). Fit for purpose.
Technical comparison elements already mentioned in many of previous responses but consider also soft values and market share and company position and ability to long time support and development. Also try to avoid ''Lock-in'' situation so how to replace the solution if vendor/solution not satisfying you any more. UI and customer experience, easy to use, trainings, support models, open interfaces and easy integration possibilities, reporting capabilities, FURS (functionality requirements as from previous responses, usability, reliability, scalability ..)

Chris Childerhose - PeerSpot reviewer
ExpertTop 5Real User

Software Criteria

When choosing a management tool there are many things to consider based on your virtual environment. What hypervisor are you running, what storage is being used, etc.? The best way to choose the right tool for the job is through evaluation and the more tools you evaluate the easier it will be to pick the right one for you. During an evaluation process you should consider things such as:

Compatibility with your chosen Hypervisor
Ease of installation and setup
Program ease of use and navigation
Details – does the program give you what you need to see
Reporting – is the reporting sufficient enough
And so on…and so on….

There are many criteria you can use in the evaluation stage and the above examples are but just a few. Composing a list prior to starting to look at software would be the recommended approach, this way you are looking at software that will fit most of your criteria prior to the evaluation/PoC stage.


When you have completed your criteria list and selected vendors for evaluation ensure to install all of them. Installing all of the products allows you to do a side-by-side comparison of the features you are looking for like navigation, reporting, etc.
Being able to see the products and how they work side-by-side gives you the best evaluation experience.

During the comparison stage look at something like a VM that uses too much RAM:

How does each tool recommend fixing the issue?
Can the fix be automated or is it a manual fix?
If you make the change to the VM how will it affect the overall performance of the VM or virtual environment? Are there reports that can be run to determine all VM recommendations and can you schedule them?
When viewing the issue in the product – how many clicks until you see the recommendation for a solution?
Is it cumbersome to get to the recommendation within the product and/or frustrating finding the answer?

There are many things when comparing products to be aware of and answering questions as you go through the products is a great way to evaluate them.

See my article here on this -

it_user188133 - PeerSpot reviewer

User reviews, Support reviews, how deep is the hypervisor integration, are API's available for automation, what sort of alerts and dashboards are available and how customizable are they, ease of use, ease of instilation, COST and licensing model. All need to be considered

John Dopson - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Identifying performance hot spots and providing best adjustment recommendations is one of the key features I look for.

it_user3405 - PeerSpot reviewer

→ - Wikipedia provides a comprehensive application suite
→ - interactive comparison site
→ - this is a good point of reference for Virtualized management solutions

I think this way we can do an apples to apples comparison.


it_user326337 - PeerSpot reviewer

Jeff, what does API integration need to include in order for it to be considered 'good'?

it_user539142 - PeerSpot reviewer

Ease of deployment and use.
Needs to be able to scale for use across multiple environments
Needs native integration into the Virtualization environment
Good API integration
Will fit into the established RBAC model.

it_user284496 - PeerSpot reviewer

Virtualization support for all services. less maintenance on the designed systems.

it_user186744 - PeerSpot reviewer

The most important criterias are:
High skills of team worker.
Good system.
High quality equipment.
Permanent chcking and improvment.

William Kosinetz - PeerSpot reviewer
LeaderboardReal User

Some important criteria's when researching Virtualization Management Tools for me are:

Resources needed to install the tools on. The overhead on some of theses tools can be substantial.
Agility to configure and monitor quickly the, add, moves, changes.
Better monitoring metrics availability not only for on premise but also cloud brokering.
Capacity planning on both networking and virtual machine side.
Ensure compliance and auditing.
Improve the performance in the environment.
Reduce operational expenses to justify capital expenditure on the products used.

If you are going to have ideas ahead of the times, you will have to get used to living with the fact that most people are going to believe you are wrong.

it_user106620 - PeerSpot reviewer

Scalability, ease of use and a great API access to the monitoring system so that I can automate both input and output to it based upon status changes. BSM to be able to combine data and base status on multiple criteria. Trend analysis, so that I can predict based upon any history - performance or events.

it_user8685 - PeerSpot reviewer

Hi there,

The most important criteria is how much can the management tool penetrate into the Virtualization or Cloud environments. The level of granularity the tool possess. And most important is in the way it presents its granular reports in a quick and efficient way, which can help in quick management and also in troubleshooting to put things back on track pretty quick. You can try VMware vCenter Operations Management suite (vCOPs), now known as vRealize Operations (vROPs). It also comes packaged with vSphere 6.0.

Tushar Topale

it_user148806 - PeerSpot reviewer


it_user3405 - PeerSpot reviewer

reviewer210162 - I think that is a very good and comprehensive list.

I do think there are numerous tools to address issues in the market, we won't address all of them but I do think this is a good start or at least answering the question.


Fábio Rabelo - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

There are no single feature that can me choose one and not another ...
The balance within some os the fuctionality can make all the difference !
Intuitivness, scalabillity and remote accessibility, at least for my use personal use, are most important, plus price !
If the price are too high, anything else matter ....

it_user210162 - PeerSpot reviewer

1. Needs Analysis to define scope and out-of-scope that will be addressed.
2. Report of findings to management to gain approval and support.
3. Statement of Work and Detailed Project Plan with resources and costs.
4. Ability to monitor Network. Compute, and Storage usage, capacity, and performance.
5. Ability to monitor and manage network activity and cyber security to detect, alert, respond to, and mitigate problems.
6. Ability to formulate selection committee and define tool requirements, including training, implementation, Testing, support, maintenance, and change management with Version and Release Management.
7. Insuring the organizational structure is in place with functional responsibilities and job descriptions supported by standards and procedures and career paths.
8. Exercise a status reporting system that provides all levels of management with the information they need and in a format they approve of.
9. Implementation of a SIEM methodology that includes Firewalls, Intrusion Detection, and Vulnerability Assessments (physical and logical) to avoid disaster events and potential cyber crimes.
10. Integrate next generation application development tools and products that help improve security and auditing.

This is a sampling of activities that should be researched and followed to achieve an automated environment that includes Load Balancing and Error Handling- which is the goal of a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

Tom Bronack

it_user80754 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Scalability, ease of use, and reliability. Feature set is an 80-20 proposition: 80% of all your requirements (at least) are going to be met by 20% of the features. But if it’s not easy to implement, if it won’t scale out to your environment, if the GUI is clunky, or if you cannot trust it, you will not like it.

it_user199125 - PeerSpot reviewer

Is it intuitive, scalable, is supported, and does it play well with others.

it_user208146 - PeerSpot reviewer

Support line. And answer the phone calls.

it_user199644 - PeerSpot reviewer

1. The mobility and availability of the management tool. By this I mean how available is my management tool as 'can it crash an I fail to get my virtual data center and if it does, how easily is it to get to my last good working point?'
2. How multipurpose it is.. by this I mean how many different hypervisors can it support.
3. The ease of use including the migration flexibility as how easily/fast can I migrate my data center from one host to another having different hypervisors.

it_user80961 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

1. Is it scalable? (what are the limitations ?) Do I need to deploy a lot of agents ... vms to cover all my Datacenters?
2. Does it have storage support (can I drill down to my datastore ... even array level)?


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