Why you need VMTurbo to reduce costs and increase efficiency. 5 minutes is all you need.
Nick Casagrande | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated December 23, 2014

Why you need VMTurbo to reduce costs and increase efficiency. 5 minutes is all you need.

Score 10 out of 10
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Software Version

Enterprise Edition

Modules Used

  • All

Overall Satisfaction with VMTurbo

When we began moving to VDI about 5 years ago, we quickly realized that high CPU ready would cause a bad user experience if too many VM's were on a host. At this time, only vSphere DRS would slightly help with this situation, other than manual intervention of balancing out the workloads which was not possible with hundreds of VM's and a small staff. A quick google for automated vmotions, brought us to VMTurbo. A free download and a 5 minute install quickly showed us where the problems were and putting it into automated mode made the CPU ready disappear in a few hours literally. In addition to balancing our workloads it has helped with under and over provisioning as well as re-sizing recommendations and future capacity planning.
  • Balancing workloads across a cluster
  • Future capacity planning
  • Finding wasted resources with over provisioned workloads and reallocating those resources saving both time and money
  • An easily deployable linux appliance with zero configuration makes setup a breeze
  • Get recommendations within less than an hour about how to make your environment perform better
  • Automated re-sizing and moving of the environment and watching out for potential problems is like having a virtual staff member monitor your datacenter 24x7
  • Currently the two areas for improvement is a more aggressive approach with vmotions in a VDI environment to provide the best possible user experience. This was actually solved for me with a quick work around, however it is not in the base feature of the product. Support has to activate this for you.
  • The other being is that re-sizing recommendations are not able to be based upon working hours of a day. So your exchange VM gets pounded from 6am to 6pm, but is likely not used much thereafter, VMTurbo makes it's recommendation over a 24 hour period not during time windows you can specify.
  • The ROI on VMTurbo once it was fully automated had a payback in less than a month with the other allocated resources we were able to reclaim. It's simply not possible to have a staff member or two monitor workloads and bring your environment into an efficient means of operations with the thousands of data points with vSphere
Honestly, at the time I purchased the product in 2009, there were no competitors to the product and today there still aren't. There are alot of products that will analyze your environment and spit out a report, but nothing that is fully automated out of the box and ready in 5 minutes to begin moving your data center to its optimum operating level. VMTurbo is not another monitor.
Bottom line, I can't hire anyone to view the environment as a whole and make it operate efficiently like VMTurbo does.
For data centers with mixed workloads and over 100 VM's the product is very valuable. If you are running less than 50 VM's across 2 hosts, you probably won't experience much benefit from it, however if new servers and applications are constantly coming and going in the environment and the workload is uknnown, VMTurbo will help to size and allocate that workload efficiently to make sure you are maximizing your resources.

Using VMTurbo

1 - Virtual Architecture
1 - General understanding of your environment
  • Resource allocation
  • Reducing costs
  • Improved performance
  • Improve user experience in VDI scenarios
  • Top down reporting
  • Insight into the virtual infrastructure we never would have known
  • Growth
  • Cost Reduction assistance
  • Energy savings

Evaluating VMTurbo and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
The ability for it to automate our environment and help us maximize existing resources
I wouldn't change it

VMTurbo Implementation

VMTurbo Support

Very knowledgeable staff
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Yes - Yes it was.
They made a change to the product whereas vmotions for VDI machines occur at a much faster rate to provide optimal end user satisfaction

Using VMTurbo

intuitive GUI design, continuous improvement
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Connecting to the hypervisor
  • Reporting is very easy
  • Recommendations to system are spot on and quick
  • Automation of needed changes are a no brainer
  • None that I have encountered yet