Overall Satisfaction with vCloud Director
We previously used it to support our entire cloud environment over various Flexpods. This was at SCE. Today at Datalink, it is something we consult on mainly and will deploy where needed.
- Manages multi-tenancy very well. You can setup resource pools of compute, network, and storage that are independent of each other.
- Easy to create and manage multiple environments.
- Has lease management technology and can easily set leases and expire them based on pre-configured time frames.
- It is not good for end users or customers to use. The UI is geared more towards VMware admins.
- There is somewhat of a learning curve to it, you have to think through and plan out how you want to set your OVDC and PVDCs up. It takes a lot of architecture experience.
- Once you built workloads in vCloud director, it's real difficult to take them out or manage them directly in vSphere. This is a huge pain.
- Faster deployment of workloads
- Better utilization of resources through the ability of managing leases
- Ability to deploy multi-tenant environments that are exclusive to one another
vCloud Director is definitely my favorite as far as cloud managers. The only thing that compares is Cisco UCS Director, but it has slightly different functionality and purpose. I understand why a lot of clients still go with vCloud Director even though VMware intends to sunset it.