Likelihood to Recommend
Large deployments (on-site and cloud) where resource utilization is hard to account for. VM Turbo can analyze what is happening in your datacenter and recommend or actually implement its suggestions for performance and resource management. It also claims to know about network and disk resources and how to put VMs in the proper resources to gain performance in network and disk. We didn't really try this, but is nice to know it has some ability to be aware of network and disk.If you have your datacenter resources under strict control, VMTurbo may not help all that much. Likewise, if your datacenter is fairly flat with no tiers of storage, compute, or network performance, or if there is simply more demand than can be met, than there is not much that VMTurbo can do. It can't create IO and CPU cycles out of thin air.
- SQL and Exchange analytics. Looking into these heavy workloads helps resolve performance issues and allows administrators to properly adjust thresholds and CPU/Memory settings to maximize their Virtual platforms.
- Detailed recommendations. Having the details around what adjustments are needing to be made to a virtual machine is paramount in getting business owners to agree to the change. Without it - IT is merely bogged down in the sand.
- 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.
Likelihood to Renew
Based on 17 answers
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
Based on 16 answers
I have found the product to be very easy to work with and manage. Upgrades are performed through the web interface. This includes downloading the new file and applying the upgrade to the appliance. Overall, the interface and the various tabs are self explanatory. This was purchased as a replacement for vCenter Operations manager and it proven to have not only more functionality, but is easier to use and manage. The other advantage is that it works with multiple hypervisors as well as storage vendors making it a definite plus over other solutions when you have a heterogeneous environment
Reliability and Availability
Based on 3 answers
Based on 20 answers
Just this week we had an issue where security permissions we had done wrong were causing problems in VMTurbo Operations Manager. Despite this being our fault the service request was handled very quickly. In addition we are routinely contacted proactively to see if there is anything we need or they could do for us.
Based on 3 answers
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.
Based on 18 answers
There is value to be had in just doing a "click install" and then just evaluating and following recommendations. However, that is nowhere near the benefit you will get from the very powerful custom reporting if someone is willing to take the time to master this platform that can be somewhat demanding at that level.
We have used vCenter and vFoglight for management and also evaluated Solar Winds and Cloud Physics. Each of those systems had some pros and cons, but overall we found that VMTurbo had the things that we wanted and also things that we didn't even know were possible. We had been using the Foglight tool mostly, and in general, I could configure it to do many of the things that VMTurbo does, but it took quite a bit of time to do it. We don't want to have a person whose only job is to manage the software to manage our virtualization environment and who is the only one who even understands how the thing works. We just found that VMTurbo had the right combination of integration with VMware and visibility into the environment.
Based on 3 answers
Return on Investment
- Reduced the need to expand our physical server footprint for the past 2 years.
- Reduced our VMware support renewal due to a reduction in license use - spare hosts have been removed from the cluster.
- VMs that suppliers had over spec'd are now correctly sized reducing host resource use and in some cases improving performance.
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?