Another excellent offering from SolarWinds!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 11, 2018

Another excellent offering from SolarWinds!

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

VMan is being used within our department to monitor and manage the multiple virtual environments that we have. It is an easy way to see what the health of the environment is, and if there are any potential issues arising which need attention.
  • Easy to setup - you just need to give it credentials in order to discover your environment, and has many pre-programmed views which give you granular detail
  • Intuitive - fairly easy to play with and understand everything, however when needed there is very good documentation and support
  • Automation - you can set VMan to increase/decrease resources to VMs, based on their historical workload, and also move them to different hosts based on alerts from the rest of the Orion suite
  • Cost - it is fairly expensive, but has more features than comparable products
  • Cloud Support - would be nice to have the same granularity with Azure/AWS based VMs
  • Gave us insight into how much the host hardware was being used, and if it was necessary to invest in expansion or not
  • Allowed us to resize VMs based on recommendations made by VMan (some were overprovisioned with resource)
  • Helps us to solve performance issues with VMs quicker, reducing business downtime
  • Automation of changing resources overnight reduces cost of having an engineer perform the steps manually
Proactive alerts (e.g. disk will become full in 30 days) allows you to catch issues before they exist, and take action to stop them happening. With customisable thresholds and being able to turn on/off certain alerts, you can tailor the ones you want to see, meaning you're not barraged with alerts constantly.
We have used this to dictate where we place certain workloads, to see if they would benefit from taking a storage penalty (due to a weaker storage infrastructure) or a network penalty (due to lower WAN speeds). They also help to show if any of our VMs will become more demanding in the short and medium terms, which is helpful when planning budgets for investing in infrastructure.
We do not use this function to its full potential, but so far it has been useful in correlating issues that are monitored by the entire Orion suite.
We settled on VMan as it had the best support out of all the products, but also was built on Windows infrastructure with agentless monitoring which was a requirement.
It is great if you have at least 4 hosts - at this level is where you start needing insights around your environment which this provides. It scales quite nicely and allows you to view high-level through to low-level detail, so using it to explain issues or business needs is easy.