Solid Product That May Not Be For Everyone
September 23, 2016

Solid Product That May Not Be For Everyone

Sean Frazier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Cloud Edition,Enterprise Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo)

We have about three of us who use it but, unfortunately, we do not use it all of the time. Those above us were really happy about the reports it could produce but even they have had limited time to delve into them. My teammates and I do not use Turbonomic on a daily basis but, when there are questions about individual VM resources, we are able to look at specifics within Turbonomic.

Unfortunately, since we do not use it daily, we often have a difficult time remembering where certain things are located within the software.

All in all, it is a good, solid product, but its functionality does not mesh perfectly with our current operating environment.

Pros

  • Individual VM resource metrics
  • The reporting capability is quite large and comprehensive
  • The ability to run "what if" sequences is very handy

Cons

  • The UI can be confusing due to all of the things that the software can do--it can be difficult to find functions.
  • The 24-hour period that you have to wait through after making changes is not optimal.
  • Turbonomic's calculations for N+1 and headroom can be faulty--they might require some tweaking from the defaults before they give proper results.
  • We have been able to save some virtual resources.
  • It has been time-consuming to try to use Turbonomic.
  • We have not used the software nearly as much as we thought we would.
At first, we used Turbonomic's automated placement feature and we allowed it to move VMs around at its discretion. We ended up disabling it at most sites because it was violating policies that we had in place to prevent problems. As far as automated provision and sizing, we have not used these features.
We looked at the old vCOPS suite from VMware. Turbonomic, at the time, had a lot more capability and functionality so we went with it. This was two years ago so I am unsure how the two products stack up now.

If you need a wide variety of comprehensive reports, it works well.

If you need proof of under or over provisioning of VMs, it does this job well.

Actually, most everything Turbonomic says it can do, it does well. Sometimes there is a heavy amount of front-end configuration involved, however, which is a downside.

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