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VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View - license - 100 concurrent users

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Category: Utilities
Subcategory: Utilities - virtualization management

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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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License Pricing: Volume
Pricing Level: Level 3
Pricing Range: 1000-1749

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License Category: License
License Qty: 100 concurrent users
License Type: License
Licensing Program: VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP)

Product Reviews
VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View - license is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 36.
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
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: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It gives us alerts on almost anything happening at the guest OS level. The documentation wasn't as intuitive as I thought it would be. Valuable Features:The alerts are the most valuable feature of the product. We run terminal servers and I like the granular ability of it getting into the guest OS. It gives us alerts for the hard drive, how is it on space, or pretty much anything happening at the guest level. It gives us a single pane of glass.Improvements to My Organization:We use it a lot for capacity planning. Like I’ve mentioned, we do terminal servers. What we've been doing lately is giving it a metric that shows how many more VM's can we fit on that particular host. It's been great for that, and told us, with the research that's available, we can fit 10 more VMs on that host. From a capacity planning view, it's been great.It has definitely helped us avoid outages with our internal servers. We've been having an issue with temporary profiles filing up the hard drives, and early on, before we really had the monitoring, that terminal server would just go down. Now at least we have something that says we have 10% hard drive space left on this particular machine; we get the alert in vROps, and we are able to get to it before it goes down.It has not been helpful from a capacity planning point, but we have done a lot with the oversized reports, tuning some VMs. We were able to pull back vCPUs, memory and storage. We can reclaim some of that space that was being wasted on oversized machines. I guess that's capacity planning to some degree, but tuning is more what we use it for.We also haven't really used the performance management features too much.Room for Improvement:Even though the set up was kind of straightforward, getting the lay of the land was at times kind of confusing; I don't know if that's an indictment on me or the software. There was documentation readily available, it just wasn't as intuitive as I thought it would be, straight out the box.Other than that, I don't really know about specific areas with room for improvement because at this point, we are just scratching the surface of what it does, because we are a smaller shop. We just had a merger, so at the top of the year, we're going to be onloading, onboarding a lot of DRs and scaling pretty quickly. Then I'll be able to really take it for a test drive.Stability Issues:Stability-wise, I haven't had any issues.Scalability Issues:Because we are still a smaller shop, we haven't really had to scale it. Pretty soon, we probably will, because we are going to add some VMware Horizon ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/vmware-horizon-view ) for our VDI and NSX ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/vmware-nsx ). I'm pretty sure we're going to have to scale it.Technical Support:I haven't used technical support for vROps.Previous Solutions:We weren't previously using anything. Just having a central measurement point was light years ahead of trying to go into each one, or setting up different types of software that have monitoring. It was just easier doing it with vROps.Initial Setup:Initial setup was actually pretty straightforward. I pretty much launched the VM, went into the web query and set it up from there; set up all the sensors, took you through a wizard. That was pretty much it. I didn't have to read about any customization.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options. We actually bought vSphere with vROps, so we never even looked at anything else.Other Advice:Definitely go with it, if you're looking for a centralized management point, as far as being able to monitor everything, without having to manually go in and get sizing reports for VMs. It even reports on networking issues.I'm waiting to see when we go into VDI and NSX; I think we'll really open it up then with a lot more monitoring options.The most important criteria when selecting a vendor like VMware is pretty much support. We've had some vendors where it's not that the product’s bad, but when it does go south, the support hasn't been there. We definitely research, whether it's going online, looking at message boards, just kind of getting a feel for what other customers’ expectations are, if the vendor is meeting them or not. That's one of the things that we are really big on, the support perspective.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capacity planner is a valuable feature but it could be improved. Valuable Features:* Capacity planner* Analysis reports* Health check* Dashboard (Default and customized one’s)Best tool for capacity planning and analyzing the existing infrastructure in VMware.Improvements to My Organization:By scheduling the reports on a weekly basis on under-utilized machines and over-utilized machines and analyzing them to provide the best resource. We can then balance them to improve the benefits of the resources and plan for the integration of more VM’s into the existing infrastructure.Room for Improvement:* Resource management* Capacity planningUse of Solution:For the last three years.Deployment Issues:No, it's a very simple installation with OFV available from VMware.Stability Issues:No, it’s got a very smooth with functionality.Scalability Issues:No.Customer Service:10/10 as we analyze the infrastructure and present it to our customers to improve the use of resources.Technical Support:10/10, whenever we have faced any issue with this product VMware have given us good support.Previous Solutions:No, I have learned about this product in one of the forums. I thought to use this product to utilize in my environment as it is the best resource analysis and utilization tool.Initial Setup:It’s very straightforward as the installation is done via OFV provided by VMware or easily available for download from VMware site.Implementation Team:In-house implementation.ROI:Good product.Cost and Licensing Advice:We just need to purchase licenses from VMware and this depends on how many VM’s we need to monitor via this product; else the setup is freely available at VMware site.Other Solutions Considered:No, as I thought this is a good tool as heard in a VMware forum.Other Advice:Best tool for Capacity Planning and getting the best use of resources.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If any server has high CPU utilization, we can get its usage patterns along with the time frame, although they should show the processes that are consuming the CPU/memory usage. Valuable Features:The detailed metrics of the virtual servers/machines and the graphing capabilities. It's amazing to use this product.Improvements to My Organization:If any server has high CPU utilization, we can get its usage patterns along with the time frame, which helps our team to analyze the system and to take action more appropriately.Room for Improvement:They should show the processes that are consuming the CPU/memory usage rather than taking the RDP of the server.Use of Solution:I've used it for one and a half years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:No issues encountered.Technical Support:10/10.Previous Solutions:Apart from vROps, we do use SCOM but the main reason for switching to vROps is because of it shows real-time server statistics and it updates after every 5 minutes in vROps automatically.Initial Setup:It's straightforward and I find easy to use it.Implementation Team:It was done in-house.Cost and Licensing Advice:* SCOM* HPOMOther Advice:I would say that it will be easier for any team to investigate patterns of CPU/memory use of any VM and the drive utilization.In addition, you can add many options like memory ballooning, ESX memory utilization, etc. in your own way.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It shows detailed metrics that are difficult to collect on your own. I would like to see them rewrite the database and the underlying infrastructure. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature of the product is the visibility into the infrastructure and user experience of the customer's network. It shows detailed metrics that are otherwise very difficult to collect on your own. You can pull up the latency between your storage arrays, your CPU, contention that you would have between there, and RAM utilization based on host, based on VM, and based on application cluster.Improvements to My Organization:It allows them to remedy problems much quicker in their environments, get that continuous health and improvement; a continuous improvement process.We have used it to identify problems that avoids outages or shortens outage time, and for performance and capacity management.Room for Improvement:I would like to see a rewrite of the database; a rewrite of the underlying supporting infrastructure.It should be able to capture historical in-guest metrics for VDI. Currently, it has a limited set of data that it can keep over time, which is challenging when trying to support an organization long-term.Stability Issues:I’m not as comfortable with regard to stability. Some of the limitations of the database concern me. It is able to accept third-party data, but limits the amount it can take, in order to keep performance up. VMware actually limits their partners on what data they want them to send, as well as limit some of the information the partners collect because it'll overrun the schema. There are some architectural changes that must be made that will take time and resources.Scalability Issues:Again, I have concerns regarding the underlying database architecture.I have not experienced slowness.Technical Support:Personally, I have not used technical support. Our customers do though.Previous Solutions:We were previously using multiple tools, so this product collapsed a lot of tools into a singular platform to view all the information.Other Solutions Considered:We also use LogicMonitor, and there are a couple of others out there that we're using right now.Other Advice:Validate your environment in terms of how large you plan to grow, and ensure that the environment is going to give you what you need.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-23
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