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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 39.
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
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
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