The right tool for the right price
June 03, 2016

The right tool for the right price

Tony Albanese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

We needed a tool to tell us what was going on with our vSphere environment beyond what vCenter was telling us. There are just 2 of us that manage 40 ESXi hosts 1000 virtual machines and we needed some additional insight. I have some daily & weekly reports sent to my inbox to help keep tabs on things like available disk space and newly created VMs.
  • The various screens are fully customizable to what is important to you is right there.
  • There are plenty of canned reports that can be customized and scheduled
  • For the price virtualization manager does a great job.
  • Setup takes some planning. There are 2 components to Virtualization Manager. First there is an appliance to deploy. Then a Windows server is needed to run the Solar Winds Orion engine. So there are 2 systems to keep updated and apply license keys to.
  • The reporting capability has alerted us to some potential problems so we could address them before they became major issues.
  • The tools has allowed to to tune resources and show developers that over provisioning CPU and/or RAM are not in our best interest.
We looked at Foglight, VMturbo, and vCenter Operations Manager, all great products. We knew we needed a tool but we had a habit of purchasing tools and not using them so we wanted to keep the price tag within reason. The SolarWinds product fit the bill.
Virtualization Manager is an excellent alternative to some of the more expensive tools out there.