Reviews (1-25 of 101)
- 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.
- Cost; the licensing was simply too expensive for us to make any use of.
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.
- Capacity Management
- In an environment with a lot of contention, Turbonomic moves VMs around more than you may like.
- If you don't want to use it to suspend hosts, be sure to disable it... Or it'll evacuate hosts on you.
The rightsizing reports are handy, once you make the change so it doesn't try to step you down 1 cpu/gb ram at a time (dropping from 16gb to 8gb, at 1gb per change means 8 changes/reboots. We didn't want that.)
- In fully automated mode, the virtual machine may automatically have additional memory or processors added, be migrated between host or storage, or even suspended if they system is deemed as idle. If there is hesitation around allowing a product to fully control the virtual environment, then a mix of partial automation and recommendation may be the desired configuration. As an example, the configuration may allow for an automated relocation of virtual machines onto different host, but only recommend that it be migrated from one datastore to another one. This give an administrator who is intimately familiar with the environment some control over the placement of resources.
- Using the Supply Chain tool, an individual virtual machine can be analyzed to see more details on the issue with that particular system. When that machine is selected, utilization panel can be adjust to only show the impact on memory, CPU, storage, etc. There are also details given on where in each resource falls within their utilization index, and at what level Turbonomic has determined the optimal usage should be based on the recommended changes to the environment.
- Virtual environments have made planning for resources rather difficult over the years. Many times newly added machines may take up more resources than previously estimated, causing the need to either halt projects or unexpectedly purchase additional hardware for the host environment. VMTurbo has a planning feature to better aid in determining how many new virtual machines can be added to the environment. This is done via a “template catalog” which is used for testing the environment. While there are some pre-canned system options such as small, medium, and large, there is also the ability to build a custom template that may be a standard for your environment. Once the template is built, the planning tool will tell you how many more virtual machines can be added to the existing environment, the projection option can be enabled and the furthest date out selected. When the report is complete, the future resource requirements will be displayed. This allows for better budgetary planning within the coming year to ensure the systems will perform to the expectations of the business.
- During the period I have been using the product I have not seen any areas that are lacking in functionality. However, this is a licensed based product. That means that additional features require the procurement of an additional license. An additional feature I am looking to add next year is the Storage Control Module. This will provide better insight, reporting, and planning. While the base product will look at the LUN IOPS, there is the need to go deeper into the storage pools and disk arrays. This will allow better capacity planning and allow sufficient time to acquire and implement any necessary storage expansion.
- It is very good at giving you patterns allowing you to recognize bad actors consuming large amouts of resources.
- One of the best and easiest capacity planners for your VM and host consumption.
- Automatic application recognition could definitely be improved instead of just giving generic app load numbers.
- Visually shows the health of my virtual environment
- Easy to set automation within the environment
- Ease of use and familiarity
- Training sessions involve a marketing feel at the beginning
- The Supply and Demand tab is not only confusing but does not really apply to our infrastructure
- The Supply Chain tab is also a bit confusing and just looks nice
- We found DRS as a main strength for Turbonomic.
- Turbonomic has a sandbox feature which can be used to simulate the impact a particular change in the environment may cause.
- Turbonomic also does storage VMotion.
- Turbonomic's new release manages workloads in all three scenarios where your environment is either in the cloud, on-prem or hybrid.
- Would like to see more detailed logs.
- GUI is not straightforward and might be hard to understand for beginners.
- Might be a little complicated to set up the tool to function as you would need it to without professional services help.
- Telling us when VMs are either over or under provisioned by looking at how they are actually used.
- Telling us when hosts require upgrading.
- Telling us when VMs need moving to hit our performance targets.
- Setting up automation does seem tricky.
- Dashboard refresh does not always seem to work automatically.
- VMTurbo Operations Manager looks at MEM, CPU, IO, Net, Ready Queues, Balloon, Swap, etc when making recommendations.
- Everything is fully customizable and you have the ability to keep things in a recommendation mode until you feel comfortable enough to enable automation.
- Easy to deploy in minutes and receive valuable feedback/recommendations within the first hour.
- Cluster flattening ability helps balance workloads across many physical clusters.
- Would like to see a cleaner more attractive interface, possibly a move to HTML5.
- Would also like to see more default reports, although the ability to easily add custom reports from the community is helpful.
- Automatically handles vmotion for all assigned desktops. It can be set to further customize ram and vCPU sizes as well.
- Reporting is easy to use and access. It allows you to drill down into each virtual machine if necessary.
- Provides a list of recommendations on the first panel of the customizable dashboard. It's never pushy, recommendations are just that, [you] never have to follow them.
- The upfront cost is significant. After the initial purchase, the maintenance costs are very reasonable. But if they offered a basic version for less we would have definitely considered it.
If you have VMs on hosts with limited resources, turbonomic is very helpful.
- We use it to automate the movement and management of our VDI environments for our call center. Without Turbonomic helping us, we were able to fit more VDIs into the same amount of physical hardware.
- The planning tool is also effective to allow use to predict future resource requirements based on historical growth and current usage.
- Reporting is something we are proactively setting up so we can report to management and program areas on the state of their environments.
- Being able to manage and report on virtual Apache systems would be a great addition. Also F5 support would be great.
- New UI. The old one looks and feels dated.
- The ability to more easily produce 'Show Back' and 'Shame Back' reports. Still quite a manual process for us.
- It provides comprehensive historical data.
- Great tool to vmotion VMs based on your configured specifications.
- It allows you to model possible increase or decrease of resources and see what the impact would be to your environment.
- So far I have not encountered functionality that I would need and it's not implemented.
- Forecasting of available resources
- Resource balancing
- Graphical data
- On user interface
- Some time interfaces are very slow and multiple refreshes are required
- More option to build or decommission VM directly from the Turbonomic Console
- Use of customizable dashboards for reporting
- Use of Planning Engine to explore what-if capacity planning scenarios
- Workload Charts for correctly sizing application infrastructure
- The current UI (Adobe Flash) is very clunky and inefficient, however their new HTML5 UI (in Demo mode) will be GA in late 2017.
- 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.
- Not many to really speak of except - finish the HTML5 interface - it's almost done! ;-)
- It gives me anywhere from a general overview of the entire virtual infrastructure, to specific hosts or VMs, all in one pane of glass, and with minimal navigation fuss.
- The right-sizing recommendations are extremely helpful, as are the reports, in helping us fine-tune our environment so we can get the most out of it.
- We have not had to contact support often, but when we have, they've been great. Very fast and knowledgeable.
- 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.
- Automatic migration of VMs across ESX hosts based on policies.
- Automatic storage migration based on policies.
- Cutting edge reporting facilities across the virtual environment.
- Cutting edge planning solution which is integrated in the Appliance. It enables you to predict impact of added systems and annual growth path predictions.
- Expansion of the reporting facility will always be an improvement.
- Because of its power it can also be a dangerous feature in your network when policies are poorly defined.
- VMTurbo provides analytics on the current state of the environment.
- VMTurbo enables recommendations for performance adjustments and optimization.
- VMTurbo is the brain of our orchestration platform.
- The UI can be updated.
- The reports can be a bit more modern.
- The views for different users can be altered for specific end user requirements.
- One of the most useful things we have found with VMTurbo is that we are able to see if we have over/under provisioned resources. Because VMTurbo keeps track of both average and peak usage, we are able to confidently assess when a VM needs more resources, or if we can take away resources and use them elsewhere because the VM was not properly sized in the beginning.
- The automatic resource management is so much better than vCenter. When we set a cluster to have its CPU/Memory managed by VMTurbo, we see an immediate improvement in how the VMs are spread across ESXi hosts. This improves performance since VMTurbo is taking care of any hot spots and dynamically adjusts resources so that things are running as efficiently as possible.
- Being able to get an overall view of what is consuming resources in VMware has been extremely helpful. We have seen instances so far of VMTurbo saying that we have plenty of resources in a cluster and we can remove a host, and also of cases where we the only thing you can do to remove resource contention is to add hosts to a different cluster. Being able to have statistical data to back up our decisions (which were normally based on hunches/experience) has made it easier to justify additional physical resources when needed.
- The default retention for data in VMTurbo is 12 months. We have cycles in our environment that are quarterly and annually. We would love to be able to have multiple years of information easily available to us since our management is always wanting 2-3 years worth of peaks to assist in making hardware decisions. We have been told that we could expand the data retention somewhat through support, but that it may have impact on performance of VMTurbo. An easy way to expand the reporting capability to cover 3-5 years of data would be helpful.
- The terminology and workflow of VMTurbo is a little overwhelming at first. It really is a very unique way of looking at things in your virtualized environment. This is not necessarily an area where they need to improve, I believe that once you understand it, it becomes very powerful in a way it could not be using just the old way of looking at things. My suggestion however is to ensure that you get and take advantage of the training/onboarding they provide so that you understand the program. Without that, many of the features will never be used because they are new to a standard virtualization admins skill set. However, they are always willing to spend time with you to make sure you understand how to do things...they are very helpful.
VMTurbo has enabled us to better understand our VMware environment and we are managing it in a more efficient manner and I would recommend the investment to anyone.
- Planning scenarios for DR and new virtual server provisioning.
- Making better use of available resources and reducing costs through over provisioning.
- Understanding storage bottlenecks and which VMs are your storage 'bullies'.
- It can sometimes be difficult to see the wood for the trees when it is alerting on so much information especially when some of it you can ignore.
- Having to manually configure differing storage types to ensure it is using the correct parameters for its recommendations, can be complicated.
- Policy configuration to get the most out of the product can be daunting and requires a good understanding of your virtual environment.
- An overprovisioned or under provisioned environment
- Were you may have little insight into what is happening in your storage and how this is effecting VMs
We have about three of us who use it but, unfortunately, we do not use it all of the time. Those above us were really happy about the reports it could produce but even they have had limited time to delve into them. My teammates and I do not use Turbonomic on a daily basis but, when there are questions about individual VM resources, we are able to look at specifics within Turbonomic.
Unfortunately, since we do not use it daily, we often have a difficult time remembering where certain things are located within the software.
All in all, it is a good, solid product, but its functionality does not mesh perfectly with our current operating environment.
- Individual VM resource metrics
- The reporting capability is quite large and comprehensive
- The ability to run "what if" sequences is very handy
- The UI can be confusing due to all of the things that the software can do--it can be difficult to find functions.
- The 24-hour period that you have to wait through after making changes is not optimal.
- Turbonomic's calculations for N+1 and headroom can be faulty--they might require some tweaking from the defaults before they give proper results.
If you need a wide variety of comprehensive reports, it works well.
If you need proof of under or over provisioning of VMs, it does this job well.
Actually, most everything Turbonomic says it can do, it does well. Sometimes there is a heavy amount of front-end configuration involved, however, which is a downside.
The other important use is we are confident with Turbonomic to manage our virtual machine to resize, move, stop, and suspend VMs and hypervisors servers depending on the workload. At this time we can work with our head to do work of IT planning for Axion Energy.
- Move, Resize, Suspend VM where there are compute resources cheap, free, and available.
- Brind information about how is working virtual infrastructure (CPU, Memory) from one unique access point in realtime and history.
- Make best recommendation for a healthy virtual infrastructure.
- Turbonomic is working with Flash and a browser to manage the infrastructure, it has a nice dashboard and it's very easy to create custom dashboards, but all web applications are going to HTML5. It is very important to mention that current are very friendly for System Administrators to take ownership.
- Turbonomic works great with Vmware and Xenserver, but it isn't friendly with HyperV 2012. I know the problem is VMM and Microsoft. For this case Turbonomic depends on VMM connection and statistics. In Turbonomic we can't see Memory metrics of VM hosted in HyperV 2012.
- We have been using it for 3 months and have found issues in Turbonomic.
We tested other solutions like Vmware vRealize, but that one only works with Vmware Vsphere. With Turbonomic, I have only one console.
- Storage + resource automation. Think of DRS but times 100. Its everything you ever wanted DRS to be.
- Reports/performance charts/etc - it's to the ms, to the byte, to the decimal. It's fantastic reporting for every vm, host, datastore, everything.
- Automation - it's really automated, not just suggestions that you have to act on, and with rules you can shape it to anything you want, however you want it to act on different things, exactly as you would if you were....100 people staring at the monitor 24/7.
- The GUI - the GUI at the version I am on is somewhat lacking in finesse.
- The dashboards are sometimes not perfect, maybe if they did a survey of what their users would like to see it could improve it.
- Ease of graph creation for a variety of functions - Everyone loves a good graph from application owners to management to end users when necessary.
- Ease of installation - No one wants to spend hours and hours setting up and maintaining a product that is supposed to make your life easier. VMTurbo very easily sets up a single appliance. Unlike products that require Windows, you simply have a web interface that updates the software and it is generally done in 15 minutes or less.
- Ease of recommendations - While we do not automatically implement the recommendations, which the product is fully capable of, we do actively find their recommendation to be on target and easy to understand.
- Snapshots - It does not have a way to find and track snapshots. It is the major thing that I could really use so that I could just automate a report.
- Certificates - While the setting of a certificate is not that hard from the command line, I wouldn't mind seeing a web interface to update one so I could delegate that responsibility.
- Active Directory integration for multiple DCs - I'd love if I could point to multiple domain controllers for fail over. I plan on implementing a round robin DNS to try to get around this but I'd prefer if it was an option to make life easier.
Turbonomic Scorecard Summary
Turbonomic’s Hybrid Cloud Management Platform enables heterogeneous environments to self-manage to assure the performance of any application in any cloud. Turbonomic’s patented decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources in real time to maintain a continuous state of application health.
Launched in 2010, Turbonomic is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the virtualization and cloud space. Turbonomic’s Hybrid Cloud Management Platform is trusted by thousands of enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.
Turbonomic Customer Size Distribution
|Small Businesses (1-50 employees)||10%|
|Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)||40%|
|Enterprises (> 500 employees)||50%|
Turbonomic Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
Turbonomic Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems:||Windows, Linux, Mac|