What users are saying about
75 Ratings
161 Ratings
75 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.7 out of 101
161 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.2 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

I would recommend Ansible to anyone, but I recognize it might not fit everyone's needs. I'm not as familiar with Chef, Puppet, or Salt, but they each have their strengths. For us, we needed to be able to manage a new server the moment it was created, so agent-based solutions were out. For our use, Ansible does everything we've asked it to.
John Grosjean profile photo

Turbonomic

It REALLY helps identify performance trends, bottlenecks, etc. It's not super-great with "in the moment" type issues, as it provides near-real-time (within 10 minutes) metrics, not actual real-time metrics. It has definitely helped with ongoing issues, though.
Thomas Green profile photo

Pros

  • Unlike Puppet or Chef, Ansible doesn’t use an agent on the remote host. Instead it uses SSH which is to be installed on all the systems we want to manage.
  • Ansible is written in Python, which we install on all remote host. This means that we don’t have to setup a client server environment before using Ansible.
  • Ansible can work alongside our other DevOp tool, Chef. This allows us to reach out to existing Chef teams in order to try and organize their work all under the same DevOps umbrella.
No photo available
  • It gives me anywhere from a general overview of the entire virtual infrastructure, to specific hosts or VMs, all in one pane of glass, and with minimal navigation fuss.
  • The right-sizing recommendations are extremely helpful, as are the reports, in helping us fine-tune our environment so we can get the most out of it.
  • We have not had to contact support often, but when we have, they've been great. Very fast and knowledgeable.
Thomas Green profile photo

Cons

  • There are conflicting stories on how best to organize a role's structure. Old documentation exists, and as Ansible has grown directions have pivoted a bit. This should be trued up.
  • Pull-based Ansible is a compelling use case. Ansible should come up with a pattern which supports this configuration.
  • How to integrate ServerSpec infrastructure integration testing is sorely lacking. Ansible should curate practices and docs around this.
No photo available
  • It can sometimes be difficult to see the wood for the trees when it is alerting on so much information especially when some of it you can ignore.
  • Having to manually configure differing storage types to ensure it is using the correct parameters for its recommendations, can be complicated.
  • Policy configuration to get the most out of the product can be daunting and requires a good understanding of your virtual environment.
Jonathan Murden profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic9.0
Based on 17 answers
This product has been a great addition to our tools. Moving forward, I can only see us purchasing additional licenses in order to expand the features we are able to use. In my opinion, the more end-to-end monitoring we have from the users to the backend infrastructure, the better we can ensure the environment is stable and will perform to the level that the business expects
Rodney Barnhardt profile photo

Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic9.6
Based on 16 answers
I have found the product to be very easy to work with and manage. Upgrades are performed through the web interface. This includes downloading the new file and applying the upgrade to the appliance. Overall, the interface and the various tabs are self explanatory. This was purchased as a replacement for vCenter Operations manager and it proven to have not only more functionality, but is easier to use and manage. The other advantage is that it works with multiple hypervisors as well as storage vendors making it a definite plus over other solutions when you have a heterogeneous environment
Rodney Barnhardt profile photo

Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic10.0
Based on 3 answers
VMTurbo has not caused any outages by not doing what we expect it to do.
Feather, Joshua profile photo

Performance

Ansible7.5
Based on 2 answers
Out of the box, Ansible can be slow over a bad connection, as it's establishing an SSH connection to the target server for each little task. There are some adjustments you can make to the defaults that greatly improve performance. And if you run Ansible on the same network as the target (i.e. by using a jump box or Jenkins server), then it can be crazy fast. I'd give it a 10 for speed except that it does require these adjustments first.
John Grosjean profile photo
Turbonomic9.0
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic9.3
Based on 20 answers
VMTurbo has both user/community forums (called the GreenCircle) as well as a support team for contracted customers. The technical team monitor the user forums and quite often supply solutions within that area. You normally receive a response from other users within a few days. The Technical support team respond back straight away.
Giles Ogram profile photo

In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic8.2
Based on 3 answers
The trainer was very experienced with the product and was able to articulate the sections easily.
Feather, Joshua profile photo

Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic9.7
Based on 18 answers
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.
Giles Ogram profile photo

Alternatives Considered

I've said this before, but Ansible is a great declarative orchestrator. One thing that is both good and bad about it is that it has no store about the state of the gear it manages. With dynamic inventory, I either have to realize facts for my entire fleet or rely on prior runs writing metadata to my cloud instances and subsequent runs referencing said information from the cloud API. Contrast this to Chef which has a solr instance which lets me store information about node objects which is updated on successful converges. That store is always available for recipe use and other business processes.
No photo available
We used to use Solarwinds Virtualisation manager but found its recommendations limited and its insight into the environment unhelpful. Also the planning tool we used for capacity management was clunky and complicated to use and confidently report on.
Jonathan Murden profile photo

Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Turbonomic10.0
Based on 3 answers
So far it has met or exceeded our expectations.
Feather, Joshua profile photo

Return on Investment

  • Ansible makes it easier to ship code as the orchestrator of the release.
  • Ansible enables clear blue-green release processes.
  • Ansible moves fast and breaks the runtime with regressions. We rightly pin dependencies hard to insulate ourselves from unintentional breaking changes.
No photo available
  • Reduced the need to expand our physical server footprint for the past 2 years.
  • Reduced our VMware support renewal due to a reduction in license use - spare hosts have been removed from the cluster.
  • VMs that suppliers had over spec'd are now correctly sized reducing host resource use and in some cases improving performance.
Jonathan Murden profile photo

Pricing Details

Ansible

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

Turbonomic

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