AWS Config vs. VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS Config
Score 7.8 out of 10
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Amazon Web Services offers AWS Config, a service that provides monitoring and assessment of AWS resource configurations to support compliance auditing, change management and troubleshooting, with resource histories and comparison of historical configurations against planned configurations.N/A
VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (discontinued)
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
VMware's vCenter Configuration Manager was a change and configuration management software solution. VMware announced the end of the product's availability in January, 2020.N/A
Pricing
AWS ConfigVMware vCenter Configuration Manager (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS ConfigVMware vCenter Configuration Manager (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWith AWS Config, you are charged based on the number of configuration items recorded, the number of active AWS Config rule evaluations and the number of conformance pack evaluations in your account. A configuration item is a record of the configuration state of a resource in your AWS account. An AWS Config rule evaluation is a compliance state evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule in your AWS account, and a conformance pack evaluation is the evaluation of a resource by an AWS Config rule within the conformance pack.
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Community Pulse
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Small Businesses
AWS CloudFormation
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Ansible
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(6 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS ConfigVMware vCenter Configuration Manager (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
It's really good if your infrastructure services is all in AWS, that means everything could be audited and monitored using AWS config. You also can create alarms to notify you or your team about any changes on your AWS resources which is very useful to prevent abuse if you have a fairly large team. It's also very useful whenever some third party wants to audit your AWS resources, if you have a fairly comprehensive AWS config configured, the auditing process will be easy since they only need to look at your AWS config setup.
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VMware
If you want the best compatibility with VMware products, this is it. There are other HyperVisor platforms out there, however, this software is native to VMWare. Reduces potential security threats through a unified approach to configuration management across the physical and virtual infrastructure.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • The ability to track changes in AWS is paramount, AWS config allows you to do this
  • Allows the auditing of an AWS account
  • Can view history of an account that has AWS config enabled
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VMware
  • Active monitoring of Syslog and notifications based upon the matching conditions.
  • Change management- Changes can be pushed to several system from one place. It also keeps the record of what changes and who made the change even if the changes has not been made through VMware vCenter Configuration Manager.
  • Robust reporting feature- Enhanced filters features and report generation in excel format presents the data in readable and to the point.
  • Integration with ticketing tool further ensures that changes are approved before implementation.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • It's only AWS, no third party.
  • Not the most intuitive interface, but with a little getting used to it is OK.
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VMware
  • It a little cumbersome to get all features up and running.
  • Takes a bit of knowledge to get to all configured and thievery setup.
  • It would be great if it had a monitoring tool internally, a tool like Nagios for example.
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Performance
Amazon AWS
Would rate lower for other workloads but for AWS workloads its simple to set up, cost effective and customisable. Primary use case is compliance from a governance perspective.
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VMware
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
I do not know or have used any other product in AWS cloud space that matches what AWS Config provides. We have some custom built monitoring and governance, however that is there because AWS Config does not provide it currently.
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VMware
  • BMC TrueSight Server Automation
  • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager has good reporting feature.
  • The interface is very user-friendly and is simple to use.
  • Multiple Platform support i.e Windows, Linux, UNIX
  • Patch management and templates are easy to configure and use.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Enforcing audit requirements
  • Easy to set up alerting when there are rule breaches
  • Auto remediation reduces the manual policing of such breaches
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VMware
  • Really good ROI!!! Every penny paid with a smile on my face!!!
  • Ease of use, simplified GUI, evenhanded features, strong support behind it, compatibility with other products.
  • Cuts time for configuration drastically.
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