Likelihood to Recommend
Great for automating groups of servers and ensuring updates are pushed to all of them (simultaneously if needed). It's hard to manage large groups of servers, and this tool makes it almost too simple. If there is only one server that is unique from the others, Ansible will not be as useful, but can still help track your changes.
If you have a small, simple virtualized environment, VMTurbo may not give you a whole lot of added value. If, however, you have any performance or resource management issues in your environment, no matter how small it is, you would benefit from having VMTurbo. Our virtualization infrastructure, like many, is a combination of different speeds of storage, VMs of different sizes and performance needs, and it is always growing. In a scenario like this, VMTurbo has been able to give us visibility into what is using resources, what is needing more resources, and how all these resources can be arranged so that we are using the physical resources in the most efficient way possible. Because it is looking at the whole environment, it also gives us the leverage and statistics we need when it is time to request new or different hardware...sometimes more hardware IS the answer, and when that is the case, VMTurbo helps you to quantify that.
- Decentralized configuration management - Ansible supports "desired state" syntax and is a great alternative to centralized configuration management solutions. If you think that maintaining an infrastructure is an overkill for your needs, then you should consider Ansible. Ansible is "agentless" and all you need is version control, SSH access, and proper organization skills!
- Great for writing clean and readable automation scripts. In my opinion, Ansible Playbooks are the new Shell scripts. It enforces readable structure yet maintains a great flexibility. Add to that, the ability to write playbooks in reusable "roles" as well as the large repository of built-in Ansible modules, Ansible becomes a very awesome alternative to writing complex Shell/Bash scripts.
- Very powerful tool for system administrators to reliably and quickly interact with nodes of large clusters. With proper organization of your host inventory in versioned-control files, Ansible becomes an indispensable tool for Sys Admins to investigate issues and perform routine tasks across large clusters.
- One of the most useful things we have found with VMTurbo is that we are able to see if we have over/under provisioned resources. Because VMTurbo keeps track of both average and peak usage, we are able to confidently assess when a VM needs more resources, or if we can take away resources and use them elsewhere because the VM was not properly sized in the beginning.
- The automatic resource management is so much better than vCenter. When we set a cluster to have its CPU/Memory managed by VMTurbo, we see an immediate improvement in how the VMs are spread across ESXi hosts. This improves performance since VMTurbo is taking care of any hot spots and dynamically adjusts resources so that things are running as efficiently as possible.
- Being able to get an overall view of what is consuming resources in VMware has been extremely helpful. We have seen instances so far of VMTurbo saying that we have plenty of resources in a cluster and we can remove a host, and also of cases where we the only thing you can do to remove resource contention is to add hosts to a different cluster. Being able to have statistical data to back up our decisions (which were normally based on hunches/experience) has made it easier to justify additional physical resources when needed.
- Ansible Tower is a paid service, which can be annoying at times. But that is understandable, as it requires an additional level of support from the Ansible team to develop.
- There is a decently large learning curve for someone not familiar with setting up Unix environments. However, there is a very large support community with tons of documentation, so it's not a dealbreaker.
- I would like to see, if it's possible, the ability to configure settings of hosts and VMs through VMTurbo Operations Manager.
Likelihood to Renew
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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
Reliability and Availability
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Great in almost every way compared to any other configuration management software. The only thing I wish for is python3 support. Other than that, YAML is much improved compared to the Ruby of Chef. The agentless nature is incredibly convenient for managing systems quickly, and if a member of your term has no terminal experience whatsoever they can still use the UI.
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Ansible is a great product, which we really love as it is compatible running along side and with other DevOps tool. The integration features allows other teams to participate in our shared objective. Ansible is easy to use as many programmers are familiar with Python and RHEL. We selected Ansible because its easy barrier to entry and pricing model for new users with not many nodes to manage. We will continue to develop and on-board teams and monitor the scaling abilities of Ansible.
Engineer in Information TechnologyHospital & Health Care Company, 10,001+ employees
Turbonomic was the unique platform to manage virtual infrastructure and make decisions to put the Application VMs where the resources are available/free, working with vsphere, xenserver and hyperV. Other applications aren't multi Hypervisor and we will have to install several consoles for each vendor.
Return on Investment
- VMTurbo has reduced the requirements of new equipment specs
- VMTurbo has improved VM performance
- VMTurbo has improved end user experience
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