Control-M vs. IBM Turbonomic

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Control-M
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
Control-M from BMC is a platform for integrating, automating, and orchestrating application and data workflows in production across complex hybrid technology ecosystems. It provides deep operational capabilities, delivering speed, scale, security, and governance.N/A
Turbonomic
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
IBM Turbonomic is a performance and cost optimization platform for public, private, and hybrid clouds used by cloud, infrastructure operations, and architecture to assure application performance while eliminating inefficiencies by dynamically resourcing applications through automated actions. IBM states that Turbonomic customers report an average 33% reduction in cloud and infrastructure waste without impacting application performance, and return-on-investment of 471% over three years over…
$3,160
per month starting at 200 managed virtual servers (MVS)
Pricing
Control-MIBM Turbonomic
Editions & Modules
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IBM® Turbonomic Standard (Software)
$3,160
per month starting at 200 managed virtual servers (MVS)
IBM® Turbonomic Standard
$3,270
per month starting at 200 managed virtual servers (MVS)
IBM® Turbonomic Cloud Optimization Essentials
$3,625
per month limited to 2 million USD or less annual cloud spend
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Control-MTurbonomic
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional Details* Estimated prices do not include tax and are for new Turbonomic customers, initial purchase only. Volume discounting available.
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Community Pulse
Control-MIBM Turbonomic
Considered Both Products
Control-M
Chose Control-M

VMTurbo is limited to be run on VMware environment. We have batch processing that runs on a mainframe where we could not use VMTurbo.

Puppet is limited to what it can do and what it can interface with. It simply did not fit in our environment.

CA Workload Automation had some gaps …

Turbonomic

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Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Control-MIBM Turbonomic
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
Control-M
8.8
51 Ratings
7% above category average
IBM Turbonomic
-
Ratings
Multi-platform scheduling8.751 Ratings00 Ratings
Central monitoring10.049 Ratings00 Ratings
Logging7.750 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts and notifications8.351 Ratings00 Ratings
Analysis and visualization8.748 Ratings00 Ratings
Application integration9.348 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Management
Comparison of Cloud Management features of Product A and Product B
Control-M
-
Ratings
IBM Turbonomic
8.0
1 Ratings
8% below category average
Cloud Management Security00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automation and Orchestration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Cost Management00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cloud Management Performance Monitoring00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Governance and Compliance00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Systems Integration00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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Small Businesses

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User Ratings
Control-MIBM Turbonomic
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(51 ratings)
8.4
(131 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.3
(6 ratings)
9.1
(24 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(6 ratings)
8.0
(20 ratings)
Availability
6.4
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(1 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(8 ratings)
8.7
(25 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(5 ratings)
9.7
(18 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(1 ratings)
7.9
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Control-MIBM Turbonomic
Likelihood to Recommend
BMC Software Inc.
Control-M is a reliable and well-developed product with excellent vendor support that updates and expands the software often and offers a cloud-based deployment choice. When there are many Batch processes in IT operations that need to be monitored and controlled to ensure IT services, Control-M is ideally suited for centralized workload automation and task management.
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IBM
Turbonomic helps us see what uses resources and what needs more and how to reorganize to maximize hardware use. I think companies with multiple VMware clusters would benefit from this software. Perhaps not if the company is small. However, Turbo Operations Manager is best for virtualizing data-intensive platforms like SQL.
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Pros
BMC Software Inc.
  • Control-M provides a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes in the organization. Nothing is hidden or left unattended in a timely manner.
  • The proper use of the BIM component has allowed the change of paradigm in the operation, adopting a proactive management instead of the typical reactive management in the event of production failures.
  • The use of Forecast and production simulations allows you to identify bottlenecks and focus first on managing those failures that have the greatest impact on production SLAs.
  • Control-M/Change Manager has arrived to shorten development cycles from requirements gathering to production testing. It has been a utility that monetizes the development of Jobs meshes.
  • The GUI is capable of efficiently handling more than 80,000 jobs per day. This is certainly a challenge in designing a good user experience. I don't know if there is a reasonable limit to this. One of my clients runs more than 80,000 Jobs daily and the GUI remains smooth all the time.
  • Job-As-Code is a DevOps accelerator that has just begun to be adopted. Its implementation will make workload management even more cost-effective.
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IBM
  • Presentation is nice. Its easy to understand what your looking at and the data that is being presented to you.
  • Properly identify resource utilization and recommendations for action on how VMs can be improved and resources can be better utilized.
  • It was also able to tell us the same information and analysis for cloud resources. I was not expecting that.
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Cons
BMC Software Inc.
  • As with most of the mainframe software products, documentation seems to be the weak link for the products - written by people and for people who already know what they need to do, not for people who are trying to figure how to use the product.
  • We are a large JES3 mainframe shop. As with all vendors who still provide software for mainframe systems, software is generally designed and developed for JES2 and is frequently not fully tested in a JES3 environment before being shipped out.
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IBM
  • It would be nice if the UI included a break-down of features that are both licensed as well as un-licensed. That way, you could not only see what you have, but what you don't.
  • The right-sizing recommendations are great, but very little info is given about why the recommendation is being made. More info would not only increase understanding, but would also help drive decision-making.
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Likelihood to Renew
BMC Software Inc.
It is a great product plain and simple. We've had Control-M for 20+ years and the support that BMC Software provides is really second to none. There is always a situation that someone can think of where I have to say, "No we can't do that", however I'm confident that we've been able to meet and most of the time exceed our end user expectations with what the product can offer them.
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IBM
We are certainly happy with Turbonomic as a whole and have invested quite a bit of time and effort into learning the ins and outs of the product. We have our reporting setup the way we want it and have gained definite value from these features. I will say though that many products nowadays are offering more native monitoring, reporting, and alerting features which may eventually steer us away from this product
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Usability
BMC Software Inc.
Control-M's overall usability is very good because it is simple to use. Control-M SelfService is an easy tool to give to some of the users who want to use a web interface. The training curve for most users is very short and most of the functions are very simple to figure out.
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IBM
Excellent approach to larger VM organizational management. They have an very clean integrated dashboard that allows us to see everything in our environment and what that is doing in real-time. It works on multiple hyper-visors really well and integrates capacity planning on my local site as well as my cloud locations.
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Reliability and Availability
BMC Software Inc.
We've had issues with a server crashing. The latest issue has the option for high availability which should help with that.
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IBM
VMTurbo has not caused any outages by not doing what we expect it to do.
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Performance
BMC Software Inc.
I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
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IBM
It allocates resources among applications by showing more on the cost breakdown by cloud service, with metrics on cloud provider information like Azure Management, Identity, Networking, Storage with costs per day, and total services costs. This then could facilitate and show the corresponding actions thereafter upon scaling.
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Support Rating
BMC Software Inc.
Although the product is very stable there have been a few incidents when I needed support. I have worked with technicians from all around the globe because of the rolling support. This gives me the quickest support when I need it most in those early hours of the morning. The technicians I have worked with have been very knowledgeable and if necessary got help when needed.
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IBM
When I contact support I get a quick response and they are able to solve my problem quickly. I also get a sense that they want to make sure that we are getting value from the product and walk me through whatever steps are needed to accomplish my goals.
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In-Person Training
BMC Software Inc.
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IBM
Alex (from VMTurbo) has worked with the product for years and helped develop the product. He was very knowledgeable and was able to provide our support team with details knowledge on how to get our deployment configured correctly as well as help with another VMTurbo POC within another customers environment.
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Online Training
BMC Software Inc.
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IBM
After buying VMTurbo Operations Manager, I was invited to an online user training event. I felt this training was effective and dug just deep enough to be informative yet still keep my attention. Additionally, the webinar was free.
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Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
It is a good approach to define a distributed architecture when you have multiple control-m servers.
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IBM
The implementation was very simple. Just upload an OVA file and power on the VM. Once it comes up enter some networking information and you can then access the web interface. From there, just begin configuring the system for your environment by adding you license and the various virtual environments and storage through the inventory tab
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Alternatives Considered
BMC Software Inc.
We last reviewed the market in 2001 (schedulers are long-term commitments!) and Control-M edged (by a very narrow margin) the Tivoli alternative, with Dollar Universe (now part of Automic) back in third place. We also tested the Tidal Software scheduler (now part of Cisco) but I cannot see that listed here. Control-M won out through reliability and cross-platform support. Since we made our choice it has become clear that Control-M has moved ahead of the alternatives.
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IBM
As the organization had experience of years in using IBM products, we had the confidence that they will provide us with great support. And we needed a reliable solution as a financial institute to ensure continuous operations. Even though the price was very high, we made the correct decision to go ahead with IBM Turbonomic as the feedback from existing users in the region was very positive. We needed a solution which was capable of handling our automation requirements. All these were green in IBM Turbonomic.
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Scalability
BMC Software Inc.
Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
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IBM
easy scalable, adding new clusters in, no big deal.
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Professional Services
BMC Software Inc.
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IBM
Professional services were always there to guide us in our transformation to the cloud. They understood our business model and then were able to provide guidance on what we needed from the tool.
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Return on Investment
BMC Software Inc.
  • I would expect this product to give a positive return on investment. Running jobs in cron for example would require a lot more scripting effort to ensure that the proper notifications are done on failures. With the built in functionality in Control-M the effort would be greatly reduced
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IBM
  • Application performance has been a big one. With Turbonomic keeping everything running at top performance, it can make changes when extra resources are need, quicker than somebody being notified and then making the necessary changes.
  • Turbonomic has been a great cost savings for us on multiple occasions. We use it every time we are improving servers.
  • With the planning feature we get the best performance form new hardware purchases
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ScreenShots

Turbonomic Screenshots

Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic Action Center shows the list of optimization actions across the global environment—on-prem and cloud—that should be taken to minimize cost while assuring performance.Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic Application view shows the global environment—across private and public infrastructure—from the context of individual application components, and enables users to optimize one application at a time (when needed) by viewing each app's unique pending actions. The Supply Chain at left shows all of the entities across applications and the interdependencies between them.Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic Cloud Executive Dashboard is an out of the box dashboard that allow users to rapidly communicate value to executives. This view shows the cloud cost savings opportunities realized and not yet realized over any time period.Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic Action Center shows the list of optimization actions across the global environment—on-prem and cloud—that should be taken to minimize cost while assuring performance.Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic Cloud view shows the public cloud environment(s) and all of the pending actions required to bring them into a maximally efficient, performant state. The Supply Chain at left shows all of the entities in the public cloud(s) and the interdependencies between them.Screenshot of IBM Turbonomic On-Prem view shows the user's private data center environment(s) and all of the pending actions required to bring them into a maximally efficient, performant state. The Supply Chain at left shows all of the entities in data center(s) and the interdependencies between them.