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Turbonomic

161 Ratings

Amazon CloudWatch

44 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

Turbonomic

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Score 9.2 out of 101

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Amazon CloudWatch

It is well suited for organizations already using a number of Amazon services, as most of these will integrate very nicely with CloudWatch. If you have detailed log retention requirements, it's quite nice as well since they make it easy to configure retention and export data to S3. The tooling for metric filters and dashboards are very customizable and sufficient for general monitoring but the UX is not the most friendly. If your organization spends a lot of time on business intelligence and performance tracking, you may want to consider a more targeted 3rd-party service.
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Turbonomic

Turbonomic has their "Green Circle Community" that can be very helpful. It allows interaction between users of the product from all over the world. This includes not only Q&A on feature or functions, but also the ability to share custom reports. There are also points awarded that can be exchanged for various prizes or gifts. It is definitely set up to encourage the user community to participate.
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Pros

  • The ability to create dashboards off of metrics
  • Setting alarms when things go wrong so we get alerts
  • Its integrations with other AWS products.
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  • In fully automated mode, the virtual machine may automatically have additional memory or processors added, be migrated between host or storage, or even suspended if they system is deemed as idle. If there is hesitation around allowing a product to fully control the virtual environment, then a mix of partial automation and recommendation may be the desired configuration. As an example, the configuration may allow for an automated relocation of virtual machines onto different host, but only recommend that it be migrated from one datastore to another one. This give an administrator who is intimately familiar with the environment some control over the placement of resources.
  • Using the Supply Chain tool, an individual virtual machine can be analyzed to see more details on the issue with that particular system. When that machine is selected, utilization panel can be adjust to only show the impact on memory, CPU, storage, etc. There are also details given on where in each resource falls within their utilization index, and at what level Turbonomic has determined the optimal usage should be based on the recommended changes to the environment.
  • Virtual environments have made planning for resources rather difficult over the years. Many times newly added machines may take up more resources than previously estimated, causing the need to either halt projects or unexpectedly purchase additional hardware for the host environment. VMTurbo has a planning feature to better aid in determining how many new virtual machines can be added to the environment. This is done via a “template catalog” which is used for testing the environment. While there are some pre-canned system options such as small, medium, and large, there is also the ability to build a custom template that may be a standard for your environment. Once the template is built, the planning tool will tell you how many more virtual machines can be added to the existing environment, the projection option can be enabled and the furthest date out selected. When the report is complete, the future resource requirements will be displayed. This allows for better budgetary planning within the coming year to ensure the systems will perform to the expectations of the business.
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Cons

  • If you have to ever dig manually through logs to try to find something it can be a little overwhelming. The user interface could use some work
  • I would like the ability to create more customizable dashboards.
  • The way log streams are used feels very counterintuitive.
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  • Some of the prediction tools are quite complicated to configure. I think the process could be simplified however I'm sure some of the complexity is due to the thoroughness.
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Turbonomic9.0
Based on 17 answers
Been a very solid product
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Usability

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Turbonomic9.6
Based on 16 answers
Getting started is easy and quick. When you start getting past the basics it becomes less intuitive as to what you need to do to make the system work for you better.
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Reliability and Availability

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Turbonomic10.0
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VMTurbo has not caused any outages by not doing what we expect it to do.
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Support

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Turbonomic9.2
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Just this week we had an issue where security permissions we had done wrong were causing problems in VMTurbo Operations Manager. Despite this being our fault the service request was handled very quickly. In addition we are routinely contacted proactively to see if there is anything we need or they could do for us.
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In-Person Training

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Turbonomic8.2
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The trainer was very experienced with the product and was able to articulate the sections easily.
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Implementation

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Turbonomic9.7
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VMTurbo is very simple to install and returns results within hours of deployment. As with all system tools, work is required to ensure it is correctly configured for your environment.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch stacks up against the competition pretty well. I personally like more customizable tools like Sensu and Graphite/Grafana to alert and visualize data but there are some pieces of infrastructure and some data points you just can't get without using Amazon CloudWatch. I usually use a hybrid of tools
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We found the VMware product to be very feature rich, but hard to understand what you were looking at without a lot of work.
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Scalability

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Turbonomic10.0
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So far it has met or exceeded our expectations.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive ROI, we are able to pre-empt production issues via alerting
  • CloudWatch is low cost and allows us to get enterprise level monitoring
  • CloudWatch allows us to get visibility into all of our workloads and see how traffic is increasing or decreasing and make product level decisions
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  • We are early in our deployment of Turbonomic, so the ROI is being realized, just not fully yet. We have reduced our need to purchase physical servers while increasing workload on the ones we currently have deployed, and expect the tool to continue this trend for some time.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Turbonomic

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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