VMTurbo Operations Manager - Plan and Maintain a Healthy VM Environment
Updated November 05, 2021

VMTurbo Operations Manager - Plan and Maintain a Healthy VM Environment

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Cloud Edition,Enterprise Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Turbonomic, an IBM Company

We use the planning features of VMTurbo Operations Manger to make sure that our environment is sized appropriately. Using VMTurbo Operations Manager we can see current headroom in the current environment and can simulate added growth - either by copying current VM configurations, using a standard VM configuration, or creating custom configurations. VMTurbo Operations Manager will then model that environment and show me the number of hosts required to support it. The same tool is useful when planning hardware upgrades for the hosts supporting the environment.
  • There is no replacement for the planning tool offered in VMTurbo Operations Manager. I know how much growth my current environment can support and can model anticipated growth to budget future hardware purchases.
  • The ease of deploying and upgrading VMTurbo Operations Manager.
  • The sizing recommendations are helpful.
  • The storage waste report is helpful in identifying orphaned files that are using disk capacity.
  • The Wasted Storage report is helpful but requires additional work to go remove the files that are reported. It seems like this process could be simplified to make it easier to execute actions to free that space.
  • The interface can take some time to learn and understand. Some dashboards make sense right away, others take time and further research to understand.
  • Decreased capital spend by right sizing the environment (not over-buying hardware).
  • Reduced time spent monitoring performance data to maintain a rightsized environment.
  • Improved customer relationships by providing reports from VMTurbo Operations Manager on VM performance metrics.
  • VMware Operations Manager
VMware Operations Manager reports on very detailed performance metrics, which have their place. I was looking for a tool to maintain my environment at a high level and do so without requiring me to add to headcount. I still user vCenter performance charts if I need specific performance details but that happens infrequently.
VMTurbo Operations Manager is designed to sit in the environment and make specific recommendations on sizing or VM placement, or even automate the execution of those actions to maintain a healthy environment. If you want a system that generates alarms that you then research and take action upon, VMTurbo Operations Manger is not the tool for you. Similarly if you want very granular performance reporting and metrics, there may be other tools more suited to that task. With the sizing and recommendations in VMTurbo Operations Manager, I do not have to spend as much time reviewing reports and making guesses at how best to tune the environment; VMTurbo Operations Manager gives me those recommendations.

Using Turbonomic, an IBM Company

5 - Our system engineers and database administrators are the primary users of Turbonomic.
1 - One of the team members on the infrastructure team supports Turbonomic, installing and upgrading the appliance. All team members have access to create groups and dashboards as needed.
  • Capacity planning
  • Rightsizing recommendations
  • Automation - primarily VM migrations but beginning to expand into rightsizing automation
  • Before selecting a hardware upgrade path for new infrastructure, we model several different hardware configurations within Turbonomic to find the best fit and lowest cost.
  • When new applications are required and we want to verify they will fit on the existing infrastructure, we model those VM additions and let Turbonomic forecast any hardware needs.
  • Many of our applications have multiple tiers. I wish that Turbonomic had a way to monitor network and application response time across those tiers.
I have not found a better tool for capacity planning my VM environment than Turbonomic. If that is the use case, I would highly recommend. Similarly, if you are looking for automation and VM rightsizing automation I would also highly recommend. For troubleshooting scenarios where deep levels of infrastructure metrics are required, there are better tools available.

Turbonomic Support

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
Not Available
I do not believe it's available.
Yes - Yes, I received updates are they were working on the fix.
I had a specific planning scenario that I could not get to complete. I contacted support and explained the scenario that I wanted to simulate. They opened a Webex and we walked through the simulation together making sure that I understood the process and the results that were given.
When I contact support I get a quick response and they are able to solve my problem quickly. I also get a sense that they want to make sure that we are getting value from the product and walk me through whatever steps are needed to accomplish my goals.

Using Turbonomic

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Sizing recommendations are easy to understand and implement
  • Planning scenarios are typically easy to run
  • If you want detailed performance data, I do not believe that it exists within VMTurbo Operations Manger for reporting. That data is used to generate recommendations and perform sizing calculations but I have not seen that data available in report format.
Most screens are easy to understand, but there are a few that are not obvious at first glance and require reading documentation to understand.