Single pane of glass for Consolidation, Automation and Planning
September 12, 2016

Single pane of glass for Consolidation, Automation and Planning

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Software Version

Cloud Edition,Enterprise Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Turbonomic, an IBM Company

We use VMTurbo to provide what we like to call "DRS on Steroids" in our production vSphere Clusters. VMTurbo has allowed us to remove a large number of hosts from the current environment, whilst being able to provide assurance that our environment will still be able to run, in an un-contentious fashion in the event of a failure. In a number of clusters we use the "Fully Automated" mode for some recommendations, and even to the extent of up-size and downsize recommendations in the VDI environment.
  • The Planning Module provides a great way of projecting the required resources for projects and hardware renewals, rather than using customized spreadsheets
  • The recommendations engine has a lot of customization for different policies based on requirements.
  • The reports engine has made reporting on the actual usage of machines easier, rather than dissecting the vSphere API's
  • The web interface can be a bit clunky (but the new interface is getting better with each iteration)
  • Relaxing some of the permissions on querying the database without using a SSH tunnel would make it easier for external report generation.
  • Day two of having VMTurbo running, we were able to reduce our environment by removing 1/2 of the hosts in an existing cluster, whilst still accommodating more than N+2 redundancy (in the event of a failure while a host is down for maintenance)
The problem we had with products like vCOPS, is that the environment should be in a healthy position when implementing them. If placed into an under-performing environment, it assumes and learns off that state being the norm, rather than making a recommendation, then measuring the changes prior to making another.
VMTurbo is suited to almost any operation using a supported Hypervisor in a clustered capacity. In the VDI space, the additional smarts aren't as useful when using Non-Persistent Floating Desktops, as any resize, or long-term placement recommendation is lost as the asset is refreshed during the short life-cycle of the desktop.