52 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.6 out of 100
29 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft System Center

Scenarios which Microsoft System Center is useful are if:
  1. you are the systems engineer for a company and you have a complex data center in a Microsoft environment,
  2. you need to centralize the management of your data center in a single point
  3. you want to check its performance, make detailed analysis after a downed service
  4. you want to analyze what happened
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

SaltStack is a very well architected toolset and framework for reliably managing distributed systems' complexity at varied scale. If the diversity of kind or number of assets is low, or the dependencies are bounded and simple, it might be overkill. Realization that you need SaltStack might come in the form of other tools, scripts, or jobs whose code has become difficult, unreliable, or unmaintainable. Rather than a native from-scratch SaltStack design, be aware that SaltStack can be added on to tools like Docker or Chef and optionally factor those tools out or other tools into the mix.
Jeremy McMillan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Microsoft System Center

  • Provides our users the ability to deploy and manage our own datacenter based on defined software with understandable solutions for storage, compute, networking and security.
  • We are able to update at once all the computers from all departments without having to install the OS on every computer.
  • It allows us to have everything in one place for database management and datacenter inspection as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • Targeting is easy and yet extremely granular - I can target machines by name, role, operating system, init system, distro, regex, or any combination of the above.
  • Abstraction of OS, package manager and package details is far advanced beyond any other CRM I have seen. The ability to set one configuration for a package across multiple distros, and have it apply correctly no matter the distrospecific naming convention or package installation procedure, is amazing.
  • Abstraction of environments is similarly valuable - I can set a firewall rule to allow ssh from "management", and have that be defined as a specific IP range per dev, test, and prod.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft System Center

  • Needs web based storefront for requesting new software
  • Needs ability to manage the packaging work flow better
  • Sometimes is slow to download and there is no indication the entire catalog is being loaded, resulting in confused users not being able to find common software in the available list.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • Managing network hardware should be more native and easy
  • SaltStack should buffer jobs and, when a client returns, make sure it is executed proberly
  • SaltStack should provide basic pillar and states structures to help get newbies started
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is not user-friendly for the most part. With IT infrastructure, sometimes it cannot handle excess requests. Every few months, you will need an upgrade in terms of server resources to keep up with incoming alerts and requests. This does not happen all of the time, but it does happen when there are too many requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center 8.0
Based on 2 answers
If I had to dislike something about the system it would be how much it changes once you upgrade. This could be more of a problem of mine since I get used to one way and don't like it when it changes so much. I am enjoying the newest update, but it is a mess when you are actually going through the upgrades.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config 8.2
Based on 2 answers
We haven't had to spend a lot of time talking to support, and we've only had one issue, which, when dealing with other vendors is actually not that bad of an experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft System Center

We are using Microsoft products for a long time, so the overall confidence played a part in the decision, the feature set and licensing cost was also very high when compared with above products, so we decided to use System Center for our environment, so far it has solved many of our problems and reduced effort and time to maintain compliance and devices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

We moved to SaltStack from Puppet about 3 years ago. Puppet just has too much of a learning curve and we inherited it from an old IT regime. We wanted something we could start fresh with. Our team has never looked back. SaltStack is so much easier for us to use and maintain.
Steven Marshall, RHCSA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft System Center

  • We have been able to automate our patch management, firmware and other security concerns.
  • We have a standardized "image" ensuring our setup is consistent across the enterprise. This alone has saved us in time to support and time to understand how to use our desktops.
Mark Fitzgerald | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • We manage two complex highly available self-healing (all infrastructure and systems) environments using SaltStack. Only one person is needed to run SaltStack. That is a HUGE return on investment.
  • Building tooling on top of SaltStack has allowed us to share administrative abilities by role - e.g. employee X can deploy software Y. No need to call a sysadmin and etc.
  • Recovery from problems, or time to stand-up new systems is now counted in minutes (usually under eight) rather than hours. This is a strategic advantage for rolling out new services.
William Cannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft System Center

General

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

Starting Price

$1,323 per month

Microsoft System Center Editions & Modules

Edition
Datacenter Edition$3607
Standard Edition$1323
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

General

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

Starting Price

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Add comparison