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VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View - license - 10 concurrent users

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License Category: License
License Qty: 10 concurrent users
License Type: License
Licensing Program: VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP)

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Brand: VMware
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: VMware VPP Licensing Prog
Model: for View
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: VMware vCenter Operations Manager

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Category: Utilities
Subcategory: Utilities - virtualization management

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License Pricing: Volume
Pricing Level: Level 1
Pricing Range: 250-599

Product Reviews
VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View - license is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gives us a lot of insight into the session experience such as packet-loss times Valuable Features:We use vROPs primarily on our VEI side. It gives us a lot of insight into the session experience that I haven't found in another product. It matches PC over IP latency times, packet loss times; I just haven't been able to find that using another product anywhere.I think it pretty much covers everything I need. I can monitor my storage performance with it. Obviously my host hardware, my virtual desktops. I know it can do virtual servers if we were licensed for that. We don't have NSX. I'm sure that there are add-ins for NSX for it.Improvements to My Organization:It helps us verify when a customer complains about, or an end user complains about VDI performance. "Is there something going on in the session, network related between the endpoint and the virtual desktop?" Sometimes we are even able to find performance problems or identify network issues before an end user notices it and opens a ticket.Room for Improvement:Monitoring our vSAN environment still seems to be touch and go. It doesn't always report correctly on that.What would be helpful is more intuitive troubleshooting or more intuitive messages. Some of the messages that you see really don't make sense. When you start diving in to them, it gets better, but a lot of times there is still a lot of lack of clarity. For example, where do I go to try to figure out exactly what is causing this? Something a little more solid, maybe even link it to some KBs or that that might be related.Stability Issues:It's been a very stable product. The upgrades are simple, overall. I haven't had any problems that have come out of updates at all or upgrades to it. Very solid.Scalability Issues:We are only using it on a VDI environment of about 550 desktops, but I know from reading the guides that it scales out really well.Technical Support:I have had to contact tech support once or twice. I had a little trouble getting the deployment set up so it would exclude servers, because we aren't licensed to monitor servers with it. Sometimes, certain versions, when you add a feature, pack it in. Sometimes they don't work like you expect them to. But tech support has been great on that and they help get it figured out.Initial Setup:It was deployed when I got there, back in the vCOPS days, and I basically abandoned that installation and did a fresh vROps deployment because we were so far behind it was easier than trying to do the stepped upgrade.Some of the earlier releases were a bit more complex to get deployed. Newer versions have been really easy. I think I did one other complete redeployment again because we left to get out of scope, and I had a lot fewer questions and a lot fewer issues the second time.Overall, vROps is a very mature product. It is stable. It's got a lot of features in it and sometimes that's the downside. There is so much power to it it's hard to know how to use it completely.If you are going to deploy vROps, make sure that you've got time to dedicate to learning it. The deployment is relatively easy. The learning how to leverage all the features of it afterwards can take some time. Leverage educational resources, whether it be through VMware or leveraging a partner if you need to. It is a really good product, it can just be a little overwhelming when you first get a hold of it.Other Solutions Considered:vROps was there before me. When I got there, I was asked if I felt that there was value in keeping it and I said yes, absolutely.Other Advice:The most important points in vendor selection are* the vendor's reputation* how good their products truly are* how long they've been around* the features supported* the capabilities of their product* how user friendly it is* the comfort of the interface* the overall stability of the product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Facilitates monitoring growth in our environment and where it's occurring Valuable FeaturesThe ability to monitor our trending and growth in our environment. It gives us an idea of when we're running out of capacity, how quick our growth is occurring, where it's occurring.Knowing our environment, being able to properly size and prepare for what the future holds.Room for ImprovementMaybe to get a little bit more granular with storage and i-apps.Also, some of the configuration settings are a little bit overwhelming to try and understand all of the implications and ramifications of what they do, so something not quite too intense to configure initially.Stability IssuesWe have no problems with it.Scalability IssuesSo far it's met our environment very well.Technical SupportSo far I've only had to use it one time and they were very helpful. We did have some storage issues with it. They resolved it within probably one or two phone calls, so I was very happy.Previous SolutionsWe didn't have very good visibility in our environment at all. The standard C# and web client just wasn't giving us the visibility we needed. vROps did that very well.Initial SetupVery straightforward.Other AdviceIn choosing a vendor, obviously we have to look at their ability to answer all of our questions, make sure that their solution is in fact going to meet our needs and their tech support later on.It was real simple, and once you get involved with it, it's just a matter of getting some hands on time and playing with it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gives us ​Expanded insight into the actual workload in the environment and helps us plan accordingly Valuable Features:Expanded insight into the actual workload in the environment, so we can plan and coordinate resources accordingly.Improvements to My Organization:It gave us a broader insight into what was really going on, in a more manageable fashion.Room for Improvement:The next release is already looking pretty good. We're one behind, 6.5; 6.6 is already out. They're already addressing it: continued enhancements regarding usability, user interface.Stability Issues:Stability is good.Scalability Issues:Scalability is good.Technical Support:Very good. I've only used them once, though, just to expand the database. But I reached the right person, and they were knowledgeable.Initial Setup:Fairly straightforward, straightforward as any anything.Implementation Team:In-house.Other Solutions Considered:We were always looking to be better at what we do, so it was this or outside third-party products. We had a decent rapport with VMware already, and didn't feel like we needed to look outside to other solutions.It's an extension of our vSphere environment.Other Advice:Look for support, accessibility, vendor's direction, and vision supporting the kind of things you need to do on an enterprise basis.I'd use this product. I would definitely direct people this way.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Collects all the data we need and gives details about the whole infrastructure Valuable Features:The analytics engine:* Goes through all the data which we are out to collect and gives us a nice dashboard.* Gives details about the whole infrastructure.* Shows how things are working now.Improvements to My Organization:We used to do all the calculations manually. Now everything is done within the analytics engine itself. So, it gives us a very clear vision, or data, about what we need in our infrastructure support applications.Room for Improvement:A feature that would definitely help is something that automatically resizes the virtual infrastructure. That is one thing that we would like to see in vROps. It would understand the workloads' requirements and then resize them based upon orchestration and automation rules.Stability Issues:I've never had an issue with it.Scalability Issues:I've never had an issue with it.Technical Support:I have never used it.Previous Solutions:No. We need the solution because we have to monitor our environment. So for monitoring the virtual infrastructure, it is the key component.Initial Setup:It is a straightforward architecture, but you can make it complex based upon your architecture. Based upon where and how you want to deploy.All the architecture is based upon your datacenter layout. It's a pretty straightforward process but you have to consider your layout.Implementation Team:In-house.Other Advice:The most important criteria is that the solution must understand the overall software, defined as it is in your architecture; not only the hypervisor layer but the VMs run on it, the storage, the computing that will be running, and the network as well.Research integration with any other portal that you want to monitor along with your hypervisor.I would highly recommend going forward with this solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gives us the opportunity to take a look at our VM performance unlike other tools. Valuable Features:It gives us the opportunity to take a look at our VM performance in a way that we don't necessarily get a chance to do with some of our other tools.Improvements to My Organization:It has allowed us to do some capacity planning at a fairly detailed level so that we can go back and look at not only some of our workloads, in order to see if they need to be shifted around within the existing infrastructure, but it allows us to do some capacity planning. This allows us to look for what we need to purchase moving forward, so as to keep our infrastructure where we need it to be from a performance perspective.Room for Improvement:Some of the improvements are related to the better user management. For example, there is need to see better tie-ins to the AD or to open the LDAP framework, so that we can actually have our main users logging in using the centralized authentication instead of having to set-up the users.The dashboards are pretty configurable at this point, but possibly some more knobs are required to turn in terms of being able to look at the troubleshooting of the workloads at scale, and how to solve some of those scalability gaps.Stability Issues:I haven't had any issues in terms of its scalability with the current version. The previous version was not the most user-friendly one, but this one has definitely made some improvements.Scalability Issues:We use it in a very limited capacity, so I can't discuss the scalability aspect.Previous Solutions:We knew we needed to invest in this solution because we really didn't have a good way to look at our VM performance from a high-level across the entire enterprise.The support structure has to be halfway decent. The software should work, and I've been with vendors where the software hasn't worked so that's always an important consideration while selecting a vendor. Cost is helpful, i.e., the fact that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg on it is always nice in terms of the budgeting time. Probably, not necessarily in that order, I think that the functionality, support, and cost are the way that we look at it from a business perspective.Since we're a VMware shop this was pretty much where we hit the nail on the head.Other Advice:Definitely, use it. Take a look at the licensing model and make sure that it fits what you're trying to do with it. Other than that, I would still recommend it, even though, I think it could use a little bit of improvement.Since it sits alongside an installation, preparation is as simple as building another VM to put it on, as far as I'm concerned. The installation is pretty straightforward, at least based on the experience that my team had in terms of doing the upgrades and things of that nature.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from With the visibility we get, we can rectify performance issues at the server level as opposed to the VM level. The GUI is confusing. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* the metrics.* the amount of data that it collects.* the fact that it doesn't summarize our data over a long period of time.It helps us to see the root-cause analysis faster when figuring out an issue. We can see some overall performance issues and rectify them at the server level as opposed to the VM level because of the visibility we get.Improvements to My Organization:It gives us baselines and visibility at any given time, i.e., visibility that we just don't find with any other product. Being able to get five minutes worth of data for up to six months is a great feature.Room for Improvement:The GUI is very confusing, but the product itself is great.Stability Issues:It's a very stable solution.Scalability Issues:It seems like a very scalable solution.Technical Support:I haven't used the technical support at all.Initial Setup:The setup was very straightforward. The wizard-based install is self-explanatory. It's probably one of the best examples of VMware product installations.Other Solutions Considered:This seemed like the right product. It was integrated with VMware and had the most visibility into the VMware software and stuff that was running on it. We weren't looking at any other solutions.It is important knowing that the vendor is committed to the product and committed to keeping it updated on the stuff that it's monitoring. It's pretty important that when VMware releases a new version of the infrastructure, vROps will be there and monitor any of those changes.Other Advice:Definitely give vROps a fair shot. The other products out there aren't as deep. When you're looking for something beyond the high-level 4-5 metrics that would indicate an issue, well, you're not going to get the depth from other products like VM server or whatever. You can get past the GUI and just live in the metrics section and the charts. It's going to give you a lot of value.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We've started using views a lot more. I would like to see more automation in terms of the remediation. Valuable Features:* It's become a lot simpler.* We've started using views a lot more.* The plugins for managing the virtual desktops, specifically the PC-over-IP and the latency.Often times, an end user complains why something's slow, and you can immediately look at the dashboard and see exactly why. You have green, yellow or red, and you’ll see that latency's high, or you have some storage latency, as well, that is going to cause some slowness that the users are complaining about.Improvements to My Organization:Most companies are trying to do a lot more with less. So, instead of being proactive, they're being reactive. There are pieces in vROps that allow them to become more proactive. There's some automation into fixing and remediating that are built into the product.Often times, we hand this off to the customer so I can't give any specifics on whether vROps has helped avoid outages or shortened outage time. I haven't seen anyone actually save on storage. A lot of people use it for trending analysis; they don't usually move workloads around and actually show savings. As far as performance management is concerned, I have not really seen things speed up.Room for Improvement:I would like to see more automation in terms of the remediation, instead of it just being a monitoring tool. Obviously, you don't want it to be causing issues in your environment and maybe you turn on features as you get more comfortable, but if it's just there to monitor, what's the point? You could use other tools, but if you're trying to do more with less and you're spending a lot of money on rightsizing this and deploying it correctly, it'd be better if I'd actually get something more than just a nice dashboard.One of the bugs right now is, we've had some issues with single sign-ons; it's a known issue. It seemed like a pretty easy one.Stability Issues:The stability of the product has gotten a lot better recently. It's a nice dashboard tool for management, but the actual admins aren't using it on a day-to-day basis. When they do log in, something's locked out and they have to restart the services. They've had some issues, but it's become a lot better. We're still seeing it here and there.Technical Support:Technical support has actually been pretty good. Obviously, pretty much for any company, tier one support is going to be what it is, but if you give them the information they need, I've actually seen some people who know the product really well.Initial Setup:Then the deployment of it is not as simple as it should be sometimes. To do it correctly, it's very complex. When you do it right, it becomes a very useful tool but if you don't do it right, it just becomes another nagging monitoring tool. One of the hardest parts is rightsizing it. There are tools out there to do that. Each environment is unique and it's not as simple as some of the competitive products out there. If you don't tune it, you're going to see a ton of red.We've seen some customers deploy things for remote offices and they know that they're going to have some kind of slowness in the product. Instead of fixing itself, the baseline's there and it's not as intelligent as it should be.Other Solutions Considered:I know Turbonomic ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/turbonomic ) is one that comes up all the time. A lot of times, for monitoring, we ask companies what they're currently using: Are they using SolarWinds ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/solarwinds-virtualization-manager ) or are they using something else, and how can we help them?Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from With the visibility we get, we can rectify performance issues at the server level as opposed to the VM level. The GUI is confusing. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* the metrics.* the amount of data that it collects.* the fact that it doesn't summarize our data over a long period of time.It helps us to see the root-cause analysis faster when figuring out an issue. We can see some overall performance issues and rectify them at the server level as opposed to the VM level because of the visibility we get.Improvements to My Organization:It gives us baselines and visibility at any given time, i.e., visibility that we just don't find with any other product. Being able to get five minutes worth of data for up to six months is a great feature.Room for Improvement:The GUI is very confusing, but the product itself is great.Stability Issues:It's a very stable solution.Scalability Issues:It seems like a very scalable solution.Technical Support:I haven't used the technical support at all.Initial Setup:The setup was very straightforward. The wizard-based install is self-explanatory. It's probably one of the best examples of VMware product installations.Other Solutions Considered:This seemed like the right product. It was integrated with VMware and had the most visibility into the VMware software and stuff that was running on it. We weren't looking at any other solutions.It is important knowing that the vendor is committed to the product and committed to keeping it updated on the stuff that it's monitoring. It's pretty important that when VMware releases a new version of the infrastructure, vROps will be there and monitor any of those changes.Other Advice:Definitely give vROps a fair shot. The other products out there aren't as deep. When you're looking for something beyond the high-level 4-5 metrics that would indicate an issue, well, you're not going to get the depth from other products like VM server or whatever. You can get past the GUI and just live in the metrics section and the charts. It's going to give you a lot of value.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-24
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