SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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I can really only speak to v7.1 because future versions DO NOT deliver the information in the same way and the product had lost much of its value as a result. Support was NOT helpful in finding a solution or getting their "new" product to behave the same way. The reason I wouldn't recommend it to a colleague is that its new ("supported") versions don't do what I want them to or what the old version did. The old version would clearly identify how servers (physical and virtual) were performing currently, as well as how they've performed historically, and I could see right away if things are "normal" or need attention. We tried subsequent versions, but the data refresh was not frequent enough to give the same easily understandable graphs.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is well suited for quickly viewing or revealing what is really going on in your VMware environment. You can customize your dashboards to see what you need or want to see. SolarWinds is well suited if you are limited in VMware resources, to reclaim resources from VMs that are over provisioned.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Our long-time virtual infrastructure manager had to go on medical leave and we were not sure if it would be short or long term. This tool allowed us to manage the short term while preparing for long term options.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Virtualization obfuscates a portion of your infrastructure. Virtualization admins have to know virtualization, Windows/Linux OSes, storage, networking, etc. Virtualization Manager helps break down those barriers of entry to new admins and gives visibility, reporting, and alerting capacity to experienced admins.

Regardless of the size of your environment, from a single cluster with a few hosts, to multiple virtual data centers, housing dozens and dozens of clusters, with thousands of VMs, VMAN can scale to give the insight needed. It did for us!
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Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 30, 2019

VMAN is the Man

Score 8 out of 10
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Virtualization Manager is well suited to any enterprise organisation where the VM sprawl is getting out of hand or if you have hosts in different locations with different staff managing the inventory. It gives control back to you and a deep dive into whats actually happening on the hosts.
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Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • It is perfectly suited for environments with 100+ virtual servers. It is essential in environments with several clusters and 500+ virtual servers.
  • It would be optimal for hybrid environments with Hyper-V and VMware.
  • It can be expensive for small businesses.
  • It is not recommended in case most of the environment is on physical servers or cloud platforms
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Jez Marsh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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If you have on premise hypervisors, and they happen to be running vSphere or Hyper-V, you should look at picking up VMAN. It really is that simple. The insight it gives into your virtual infrastructure is far too important to ignore. Check out the free online demo via oriondemo.solarwinds.com, and click on "Dashboards>Virtualization" to see what you are missing out on.
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Jeremy Mayfield | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It's integrated with the SolarWinds Orion platform of tools, it has great insight, and works well. It has saved me staff by helping me be more automated and efficient. The automated alerting is very valuable and when combined with the other tools in Orion and offerings from SolarWinds gives you and complete solution for everyday use.
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Austin Nickens | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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It is great if you need a quick and fast solution, it is more of a Swiss Army Knife of monitoring tools, it does a lot of things, but if you really want to go in depth on something or get a certain amount of details it can be cumbersome. Sometimes the level of effort can be really low but it could also be really high; snapshot management was a big win and was very easy to implement. Management groups of VMs or nodes get more complicated even if it is a fleet of similar VMs that provide the same function, you are limited to the capabilities of Virtualization Manager. It doesn't allow for a lot of automation that we are looking to implement, we are looking to rebuild our VMs on the fly, utilize containerization, etc and this doesn't have enough functionality for this need.
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Turnor Wootton | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 26, 2018

Our VMan

Score 8 out of 10
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VMan is best suited in an integrated SolarWinds monitoring environment where its interaction with the other modules increases its versatility. For organizations that are using mixed virtualization solutions, VMan offers a single pane of glass approach to monitoring those environments. If an organization is utilizing a single solution virtualization approach to that vendor's solution, VCenter for example, might suffice.


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Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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So very well suited when your environment is totally virtualized. The details continue to push my team attend to the environment. I would hate to think about bringing up a virtual environment without SolarWinds Virtualization Manager. The CPU ready and data store I/O are great gauges to watch during the day and a quick glance or two over the weekend. You can tell if something is out of character right away.
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Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is great to use in an environment where you have quite a few virtual machines and more than one host. We use it in our environment with 4 hosts. I would see that it would not be used to its fullest potential if you only have one host machine in your environment.
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Dathon Stokes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It has a much simpler and easier to use interface than VMWare's product line for monitoring- however, if you're a VMWare shop, and you want to go all VMWare- this could be a redundant product.
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James Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2018

Resource Recovery

Score 9 out of 10
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It gives us solid evidence to support removing resources for VMs that have been over allocated saving us costs by not needing to purchase additional computer resources and licensing.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It would appear more mature with regards to on premise workloads in comparison to cloud workloads - but I would like to imagine this is all being handled in the roadmap.

Also as per previous point with regards to container workloads. Not sure if agent of some form is being developed we could include in container images relatively easily?

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It is very well suited for large environments where a significant number of VMs need to get monitored and/or detailed statistics aren't a requirement. This also holds true in environments where VMs are added and removed on a regular basis. In smaller environments, it may be more effective to add the individual servers as Nodes directly to SolarWinds Orion.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Any time you use virtualized infrastructure with multiple hosts. Especially where you may have multiple vendors. A single place to look for issues and having the capability to drill down into those issues (with other Orion products) can vastly decrease time-to-resolution. The Orion suite allowing for quick set up and able to go as in-depth as the technician would like is a fantastic feature.

If you're working with a small environment it may be more costly than the value provides. It really shines with larger environments.
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About SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is an intuitive tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization.

Complete visibility into your environment

Manage both VMware and Microsoft environments - on-premises or in the cloud - with a single tool. VMAN also visualizes how your virtualization connects to application, server, and storage infrastructure for faster troubleshooting.

Clear path to maximize performance

Get insight into the performance, capacity, configuration, and usage of your virtualized infrastructure, including hosts, VMs, clusters and datastores. VMAN delivers recommendations to address active or potential performance issues.

Address virtualization issues efficiently

VMAN can execute a variety of management actions, including power on/off, suspend, reboot a VM, or take and delete snapshots. You can migrate VMs to a different host, and VM disks to a different data store.

Reclaim resources for improved performance

Reclaim virtual resources instantly with VM sprawl alerts and recommendations. VMAN can automatically find idle, stale, and zombie VMs as well as orphaned VMDKs to free up storage space. VMAN can guide you in right-sizing your VMs to recapture CPU and memory resources for further savings.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Features

Has featureHypervisor specific active alerting
Has featureVirtual machine resource planning
Has featureActionable recommendations for remediation of active and predicted VM performance
Has featureVisibility into VM Sprawl reclaims resources
Has featureRemediate issues without having to log in to a hypervisor
Has featureIntuitive dashboards that highlight the most important issues

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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Video

View an overview of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and some of its key features including dashboards, alerts, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and VM sprawl.

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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Competitors

Dynatrace, Nutanix AOS, Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo), VMware vROps

Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No

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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No