Automation of the future
August 29, 2016

Automation of the future

Kevin Helvestine | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Cloud Edition,Enterprise Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo)

We currently have VMturbo deployed into our prod and dev environments, supporting around 4500 VMs, 360 hosts, and it's doing fantastic. It's literally a night and day difference to back when we just relied on DRS automation that is built into VMware. We can automate store and host/VM resources. We can create pools and rule and alerts, so many different things to automate everything for us, and to give us more insight into our environment and ongoing issues than we've ever really seen before. The graphs/charts are fantastic to be able to see everything in a single pane of glass.
  • 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.
  • It's allowed us to save a ton of resources.
  • It's notified us of several disk space outages that would have caused prod VMs to go down.
  • It's moved VMs to other hosts to prevent resource contentions.
We have come to rely on VMturbo heavily in these past years, we aren't actually sure what we'd do without it at this point. We have changed how we ourselves manage it all. As instead of spending hundreds of hours monitoring and moving and changing things ourselves, we instead log in to VMturbo to make sure it's still working as we intend it to do, 5% of the effort of doing all this manually.
  • VMware DRS
VMware DRS is a mini-me of VMTurbo/Turbonomics, if you have a small environment I can see VMware DRS being fine for you, but once you grow to these larger environments you need a more powerful tool such as VMTurbo/Turbonomics.
It's terrific for a VMware environment, but probably not suited that well for small environment of 100 VMs or less.