Current version isn't what it used to be!
December 20, 2019

Current version isn't what it used to be!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Before I get started, you should know that I'm intentionally running v7.1, and all answers to this survey will be referring to that version. That's because future versions DO NOT deliver the information in the same way and the product has 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. That said, to answer your question, I'm the only person in the company who uses VMAN daily, or at all, really. It gives me a "coffee-cup-view" each morning of how our hosts and VMs have been performing (Memory, CPU, IOPS, Network) and it is one of the first places I check when I get calls about performance.

Pros

  • Up through v7.1, a quick view of server (host and VM) performance and trends.

Cons

  • Through v7.1, it was everything we needed. Since then, the graphs that would harvest performance figures (network, memory, CPU, IOPS), would never display the same way, and would not refresh with the frequency to make the data digestible.
  • For the environment size we have (and the licensing model we use), it is VERY affordable. I don't think SolarWinds even sells VMAN licensed that way anymore and we're grandfathered in. Therefore, for us, it is a good value.
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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