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I think it's great for giving any/all users the ability to deploy servers for whatever they want. It's also great for scaling up/down large quantities of servers. It also has some pretty good plugins and "orchestration actions" that you can write for yourself. I don't think it would be best suited if you want to set and forget it. It needs some TLC, and the interface and initial setup [are] not the most user-friendly. So if you're planning on using it for some complex tasks, make sure you have someone dedicated to it, at least for the initial setup. And make sure you have monitoring on it.
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Cognizant Cloud 360 is very well suited for cloud integration of modern, common software among users of a wide spectrum of proficiency levels. The user interface is well designed and intuitive, and all common software tools have existing implementation tools and intuitive platforms for cloud migration.
Cognizant Cloud 360 is not as useful when most users are highly technically competent and use specialized, less common software tools that are to be migrated to the cloud platform. Cognizant is technically sound, but maybe not as much as some established competitors (Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, etc) and also may not have familiarity with lesser-known software applications. Read full review Pros Reporting Flexibility in OS Support for different virtualization platforms Read full review Very good customer service team. Very responsive to inquiries, and willing to collaboratively develop solutions to software Platform integration challenges. Very intuitive user interface. Layout for various tools and settings is well-conceived and implemented, and the software is ultimately very easy to navigate for even novice users. Customizable resource library. The platform makes it easy to select tools that are needed without forcing you to subscribe to additional tools that are not needed. Read full review Cons Support could be improved on a >tier 1 level Logging could be more descriptive/specific Stability of the actual server Read full review Could improve in agility in the delivery life cycle. When customer demands change and abrupt changes in resources and configuration are required, the change order process is not as quick as desired. Advanced technical competence and knowledge of a wide variety of specialized software applications is a bit lacking. Relative to some competitor software from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, or HP, Cognizant isn’t as technically inclined and ready to handle issues with less common software tools. Not as forthcoming with status updates as some competitors. In cases of interruptions or upcoming updates, Cognizant doesn’t disclose timely and detailed information unless it is specifically requested by the user. Read full review Support Rating
Support is very timely and thorough in their responses to inquiries, and also is very willing to help in finding collaborative solutions to any technical challenges. Overall, the only negative is they may not be as equipped or ready to proactively handle some more customized requests as a more established competitor would be. This is more of a reflection of the software than the support team.
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We honestly haven't looked into much. We've been using CloudBolt [Software] for a long, long time. I think we briefly looked into
but figured it was too much effort to lift everything, communicate it, etc. We selected CloudBolt [Software] because, at the time (and still do), they served our very specific case. We also liked the ability to customize certain aspects of the deployments - that enabled our "power users" to really tweak things just right for their departmental tasks.
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Cognizant Cloud 360 has more of a modern look to it and most of the same functionality. I prefer the layout of Cognizant as I find it more intuitive for a variety of users, but Microsoft’s is also pretty well laid out. Microsoft is more established and has more experience in integrating a wide variety of applications, and so is more ready and equipped to handle less common application cloud integration.
Read full review Return on Investment We have invested countless man hours to troubleshooting and being support's QA. Most of our teams have saved an invaluable amount of time by being able to automate their deployments. After the initial time you spend [understanding] all the nuances, the configuring of groups, permissions, etc., does make administering it easier. Read full review Cognizant Cloud 360 has saved on overall hardware costs, as many resources have been migrated to the cloud platform and local storage and hardware systems are no longer needed. There was an initial period of negative return as the migration was occurring, as some applications were interrupted, which in turn interrupted the flow of projects and inhibited the timely allocation of resources. Another positive return can be measured in time savings, as users can more easily access applications from the central cloud source versus various locally customized network locations. Read full review ScreenShots