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Virtualization Manager
Features, Competitive, and ROI Survey
August 2014
© 2014 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESE...
Overview
» The survey was done to capture how existing Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
customers are using the product
» Spe...
Survey respondents save on average $70,000/year and experience
over 40% fewer hours of downtime after deploying VMAN
Befor...
7% sys admins are extensive/expert users. 19% sys admins are infrequent/not fully deployed users. Out
of all the virtual a...
42% of the users use VMAN only on need basis. Out of which 53% are virtual admins, 28% are capacity
planners, 67% are sys ...
On an average every admin monitors at least 315 VMs using VMAN.
32%
29%
18%
15%
7%
Less than 100 VMs 101 - 250 VMs 251 - 5...
53% of all respondents have not spent a single dollar after purchasing VMAN. 64% extensive/expert
users have not spent a s...
12% admins who added 51-100 VMs are extensive/expert users. 83% admins who added over 250 VMs
also monitor over 1000 VMs u...
On an average, all respondents have added around 38 vCPUs and 7 TB of memory
over the past 12 months.
35%
30%
14%
11% 10%
...
64% admins who buy new resources without analyzing have added 1-5 TB memory and 36% added less than 24
vCPUs in the past 1...
Overall VMAN helps every admin save at least 11 CPUs, 15 GB memory, and 23 GB
storage annually.
43%
25%
20%
8%
3%
1 - 10 C...
41% of those with 101-250 VMs manually search for dormant VMs. 35% of those with
101-250 VMs do not do any analysis. They ...
On an average, every admin has spent around 8.5 hours every month to do VM sprawl
analysis before buying VMAN, and now the...
On an average, every admin took 6.5 hours every month to troubleshoot virtualization
performance issues before VMAN, and n...
On an average, all admins managed around 216 VMs with almost 3 FTEs before
deploying VMAN and after deploying VMAN they mo...
On an average, every admin used to face 3.5 hours of downtime every month due to VM performance
and configuration changes....
31% customers who rated performance alerts as good or excellent are all frequent/advanced users of VMAN. 29% customers who...
47% virtual admins, 25% capacity planners, 63% sys admins, and 35% IT generalists believe VMAN improved their
resource uti...
31% admins manage 5-10 alerts raised by VMAN and 100% of them have rated performance alerts as
either good or excellent. O...
78% admins rated configuration changes as an excellent or good feature. On an
average, every admin takes at least 1 hour e...
52% virtual admins, 30% capacity planners, and 69% sys admins leverage VMAN and SAM integration.
39% virtual admins, 19% c...
38% admins who said no, currently monitor 101 – 250 VMs using VMAN. Out of the 38%, 57% admins
use VMAN only when it is ne...
90% of the admins who said the previous tool didn’t integrate with other products own
VMAN and NPM, 50% own VMAN and SAM, ...
Every admin has saved around 4.2 hours per month on performance troubleshooting
and managing configuration when compared t...
Are there other reasons why you moved to Virtualization
Manager from your previous virtualization tool?
» We’re testing bo...
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Manage your virtual
environment with
Virtualization
Manager. Experience
the free and ful...
Thank you!
© 2014 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Virtualization Manager Survey: Comparison of features, competitors, & ROI

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Virtualization Manager Survey conducted by SolarWinds.

The survey was done to capture how existing Virtualization Manager (VMAN) customers are using the product

Specific questions about the product, features, ROI, why they chose SolarWinds, their experience with other virtualization management tools, and so on were the focus areas of this survey

The survey was rolled out to all existing Virtualization Manager customers in North America and the findings are based on answers from 136 respondents

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Virtualization Manager Survey: Comparison of features, competitors, & ROI

  1. 1. Virtualization Manager Features, Competitive, and ROI Survey August 2014 © 2014 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  2. 2. Overview » The survey was done to capture how existing Virtualization Manager (VMAN) customers are using the product » Specific questions about the product, features, ROI, why they chose SolarWinds, their experience with other virtualization management tools, and so on were the focus areas of this survey » The survey was rolled out to all existing Virtualization Manager customers in North America and the findings are based on answers from 136 respondents VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 1
  3. 3. Survey respondents save on average $70,000/year and experience over 40% fewer hours of downtime after deploying VMAN Before VMAN After VMAN Annual Savings – Year 1 Time Saved • Staff • VM Sprawl • Troubleshooting 3 FTEs Managing 216 VMs 8.5 hours/month 6.5 hours/month 2 FTEs Managing 244 VMs 2.5 hours/month 3 hours/month 1 FTE @ $65,000 Downtime 3.5 hours/month 2 hours/month 18 hours Resources Saved (Annual) • CPU • Memory • Storage 11 CPUs 15 GB 23 GB Hardware cost savings: $6000 Total VMs Managed 216 VMs 244 VMs Virtualization Manager Average Software Cost $5,995 ($5,995) Total Savings $65k+ hardware cost of $6,000 – (Average software cost of $5,995) Plus revenue or efficiency benefits of reduced downtime VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 2
  4. 4. 7% sys admins are extensive/expert users. 19% sys admins are infrequent/not fully deployed users. Out of all the virtual admins, only 21% of them are expert users/use VMAN extensively. 61% 50% 27% 25% 24% System Administrator Admin for Virtual Environment IT Generalist Capacity Planner Other Current Role Q1: What is your current role in your organization? • Network Engineer • IT Director • Executive • IT Ops Manager • VP of IT • Desktop Support • Network Manager • Engineering Architect • IT Security Manager • Network Analyst • Storage Admin • System Architect • Operations Manager VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 3
  5. 5. 42% of the users use VMAN only on need basis. Out of which 53% are virtual admins, 28% are capacity planners, 67% are sys admins, and 32% are IT generalists. Out of the 30% frequent/advanced users, 54% are virtual admins, 41% & are capacity planners, 59% are sys admins, and 32% are IT generalists. 42% 30% 10% 10% 8% Level of Expertise Use when Needed/ Use Basic Out of the Box Capabilties Use Frequently/Advanced User Infrequent/Not Fully Deployed Haven't Deployed/Don't Use It Use Extensively/Expert User Q2: What best describes your level of expertise with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 4
  6. 6. On an average every admin monitors at least 315 VMs using VMAN. 32% 29% 18% 15% 7% Less than 100 VMs 101 - 250 VMs 251 - 500 VMs 501 - 1000 VMs Greater than 1000 VMs # of VMs Q3: How many VMs do you monitor using Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 5
  7. 7. 53% of all respondents have not spent a single dollar after purchasing VMAN. 64% extensive/expert users have not spent a single dollar after purchase in the last 12 months. 53% 26% 9% 9% 2% 1% 1% 0% $0 $1 - $5,000 $5,001 - $15,000 $30,000 - $100,000 $15,001 - $30,000 $100,001 - $200,000 Greater than $500,000 $200,001 - $500,000 Software cost for VMAN Q4: Excluding the software cost for VMAN, how much have you spent in the last 12 months on training (including class fees, travel expenses), consulting (installation/upgrade/customization) and other services related to VMAN? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 6
  8. 8. 12% admins who added 51-100 VMs are extensive/expert users. 83% admins who added over 250 VMs also monitor over 1000 VMs using VMAN and they are also expert/frequent users. On an average, every admin has added at least 80 VMs to their environment in the last 12 months. 54% 31% 10% 4% # of VMs Added Less than 50 VMs 51 - 100 VMs 101 - 250 VMs Greater than 250 VMS Q5: How many VMs have you added in the last 12 months to your environment? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 7
  9. 9. On an average, all respondents have added around 38 vCPUs and 7 TB of memory over the past 12 months. 35% 30% 14% 11% 10% Less than 24 vCPUs 25 - 48 vCPUs 0 Greater than 96 vCPUs 49 - 96 vCPUs Number of processors (vCPUs) added 55% 16% 16% 9% 4% 1 - 5 TB 0 6 - 10 TB 11 - 50 TB Greater than 50 TB Memory in TB Q6: What is the quantity of resources (processor & memory) added to your virtual environment over the past 12 months? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 8
  10. 10. 64% admins who buy new resources without analyzing have added 1-5 TB memory and 36% added less than 24 vCPUs in the past 12 months. Among those who selected both combinations, 41% added 1-5 TB of memory and 60% added less than 24 vCPUs in the last 12 months. 35% 14% 57% 6% Optimize and right-size existing resources using Virtualization Manager Buy new resources without analyzing opportunity for reallocation Combination of the previous choices Other Resource Contraints • Use other tools to analyze resources • Not planned at the time • Optimize & reduce waste • Reallocate manually, but new resources when that runs out • Educated guess • I do not use the hardware/software • We don’t have constraints Q7: What do you do when you have resource constraints in your virtual environment? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 9
  11. 11. Overall VMAN helps every admin save at least 11 CPUs, 15 GB memory, and 23 GB storage annually. 43% 25% 20% 8% 3% 1 - 10 CPUs 0 11 - 25 CPUs Greater than 50 CPUs 26 - 50 CPUs CPUs 23% 23% 22% 19% 12% 0 Less than 5 GB 5 - 20 GB Greater than 50 GB 21 - 50 GB Memory 28% 27% 16% 16% 12% Greater than 50 GB 0 Less than 10 GB 11 - 25 GB 26 - 50 GB Storage Q8: What is the approximate hardware resources saved annually using Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 10
  12. 12. 41% of those with 101-250 VMs manually search for dormant VMs. 35% of those with 101-250 VMs do not do any analysis. They just add new resources as constraints pop up. 61% 36% 12% 5% Manually search for dormant VMs or over used VMs We did not do any analysis. We just add new resources as constraints pop up Purchased Virtualization Manager as soon as we moved to virtual environment Other Optimize VM Sprawl • I do not use this hardware/software • We use vCenter tools also • Other SolarWinds products and VM tools • We don’t optimize Q9: Before purchasing Virtualization Manager, how did you optimize virtual resources/manage VM sprawl? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 11
  13. 13. On an average, every admin has spent around 8.5 hours every month to do VM sprawl analysis before buying VMAN, and now they spend only 2.5 hours per month after buying VMAN. 21% 17% 26% 23% 12% 68% 21% 8% 2% 1 - 5 hours 0 hours 6 - 10 hours 11 - 20 hours Greater than 20 hours Before After Q10: How long did it take to do VM sprawl analysis per month before and after purchasing Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 12
  14. 14. On an average, every admin took 6.5 hours every month to troubleshoot virtualization performance issues before VMAN, and now it only takes 3 hours after deploying VMAN. 19% 9% 37% 27% 7% 67% 13% 12% 7% Less than 3 hours 0 hours 3 - 7 hours 7 - 15 hours Greater than 15 hours Before After Q11: How long did it take to troubleshoot virtualization performance issues per month before and after purchasing Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 13
  15. 15. On an average, all admins managed around 216 VMs with almost 3 FTEs before deploying VMAN and after deploying VMAN they monitor around 244 VMs with 2 FTEs. 40% 39% 13% 6% 39% 35% 15% 8% 2% 101 - 250 VMs Less than 100 VMs 251 - 500 VMs 501 - 1000 VMs Greater than 1000 VMs Before After 41% 38% 12% 6% 2% 52% 35% 8% 3% 1 2 - 3 4 - 5 5 - 10 Greater than 10 Before After Q12: What is the total number of VMs managed per admin (VMs/Full Time Equivalents (FTE) – if a person only spends part of their time managing the VM environment, estimate as a percent of their total time) before and after purchasing VMAN? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 14
  16. 16. On an average, every admin used to face 3.5 hours of downtime every month due to VM performance and configuration changes. Now after deploying VMAN, they face only 2 hours of downtime every month. 41% 31% 16% 7% 4% 58% 36% 4% Less than 3 hours 0 hours 3 - 7 hours 7 - 15 hours Greater than 15 hours Before After Q13: How many hours of downtime did you experience per month due to VM performance and configuration issues? Both before and after purchasing Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 15
  17. 17. 31% customers who rated performance alerts as good or excellent are all frequent/advanced users of VMAN. 29% customers who rated capacity planning as good or excellent are also frequent/advanced users of VMAN. For all other features where customers rated good excellent, 34% are frequent/advanced users, 2% are extensive/expert users, 48% use when needed/use out-of-the-box capabilities, 4% say they don’t use often/infrequent users, and 7% haven’t deployed/don’t use VMAN. 31% 29% 32% 35% 25% 39% 22% 23% 26% 59% 58% 50% 43% 52% 45% 56% 49% 54% 10% 13% 18% 21% 17% 15% 20% 25% 17% 6% VMAN Features Excellent Good Average Poor Q14: How do you rate the following Virtualization Manager features? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 16
  18. 18. 47% virtual admins, 25% capacity planners, 63% sys admins, and 35% IT generalists believe VMAN improved their resource utilization and helped with their business growth. On an average 34% of all these admins who believe VMAN helped towards their business growth have 101-250 VMs they monitor using VMAN. 78% 22% Business Growth due to Resource Utilization Yes No Q15: Do you believe Virtualization Manager has improved your resource utilization and in-turn helped in your business growth? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 17
  19. 19. 31% admins manage 5-10 alerts raised by VMAN and 100% of them have rated performance alerts as either good or excellent. On an average, every admin is alerted to at least 9 performance issues in VMAN that they take an action on every month. 43% 31% 12% 11% 3% 1% Less than 5 5 - 10 11 - 25 0 Greater than 50 26 - 50 Manage Alerts Q16: How many performance issues are alerted in Virtualization Manager do you take an action on every month? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 18
  20. 20. 78% admins rated configuration changes as an excellent or good feature. On an average, every admin takes at least 1 hour every month to determine host and VM configuration changes using VMAN. 44% 33% 19% 4% 0% Less than 30 minutes 30 minutes to 1 hour 1 - 3 hours Greater than 5 hours 3 - 5 hours VM Config Changes Q17: How long does it take to determine host and VM configuration changes every month using Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 19
  21. 21. 52% virtual admins, 30% capacity planners, and 69% sys admins leverage VMAN and SAM integration. 39% virtual admins, 19% capacity planners, and 68% sys admins leverage VMAN and STM integration. 48% virtual admins, 25% capacity planners, and 68% sys admins leverage VMAN and NTM integration. 76% 64% 32% Virtualization Manager & Network Performance Monitor Virtualization Manager & Server & Application Monitor Virtualization Manager & Storage Manager Product Integration Q18: Do you leverage any of the product integration capabilities? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 20
  22. 22. 38% admins who said no, currently monitor 101 – 250 VMs using VMAN. Out of the 38%, 57% admins use VMAN only when it is needed/use basic out of the box capabilities. 50% of virtual admins said they haven’t used another virtualization management tool prior to VMAN. 20% 80% Yes No Virtualization Management Tool Prior to VMAN • 63% VMware vCenter Operations Manager • 32% Veeam One • 21% Dell Foglight • 16% WhatsupGold WhatsVirtual • 5% VM Turbo • 5% Other (Hyper-9) • 0% HP Virtualization Manager Q19: Did you use another automated virtualization management software prior to Virtualization Manager? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 21
  23. 23. 90% of the admins who said the previous tool didn’t integrate with other products own VMAN and NPM, 50% own VMAN and SAM, and 50% own VMAN and STM together. 47% 32% 26% 21% 16% 5% Previous tool didn't integrate with other products/didn't provide end-to-end visibility Previous tool was harder to use/install/configure Previous tool was more expensive Previous tool didn't have a feature/capability I needed Previous tool didn't have VM sprawl capabilities Previous tools didn't have capacity & right-sizing capabilities Reasons for Moving to VMAN Q20: Why did you switch from your previous tool to Virtualization Manager? Can you quantify the benefit you got? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 22
  24. 24. Every admin has saved around 4.2 hours per month on performance troubleshooting and managing configuration when compared to the previous tool. 37% 32% 16% 11% 5% 1 - 3 hours 5 - 10 hours Less than 1 hour 3 - 5 hours Greater than 10 hours Time Saved using VMAN for Performance Troubleshooting Q21: Considering performance troubleshooting and managing configuration, how many hours has Virtualization Manager help save when compared to the previous tool every month? VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 23
  25. 25. Are there other reasons why you moved to Virtualization Manager from your previous virtualization tool? » We’re testing both, unfortunately I’ve not gotten much support for either. » We still use vCOPS, along with VMAN. VMAN was bundled in with our SolarWinds purchase just to see if we liked it. It's nice, but we've never seen enough reason to move from vCOPS to VMAN. It may be bias, as our virtualization team are all VCPs, and huge VMware fanboys. » NPM & NTA products » Management bought it » Different job and it was already purchased » You bought it (Hyper-9) » Value & support » No reason VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 25
  26. 26. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Manage your virtual environment with Virtualization Manager. Experience the free and fully functional 30 day trial. VMAN SURVEY. AUGUST 2014. 26
  27. 27. Thank you! © 2014 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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