Self-Driving IT Operations Management

VMware vRealize Operations delivers self-driving IT operations management for private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments in a unified, AI-powered platform.
Offering full-stack visibility from physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure – including VMs and containers – to the applications they support, vRealize Operations provides continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity and cost planning and management, app-aware intelligent remediation, and integrated compliance. 
vRealize Operations is available as an on-premises or SaaS offering.

Self-driving Operations Overview

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Self-driving Operations Overview

Discover how vRealize Operations enables IT teams across industries to innovate and accelerate time to value.

Self-driving Operations for the Modern Cloud Era

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Self-driving Operations for the Modern Cloud Era

vRealize Operations is now delivered on-premises or as a service to meet the needs of modern IT infrastructure, including multi-cloud deployments and container-based applications.

Save 50% on vRealize Suite and vCloud Suite

For a limited time, get half off the standard edition of vRealize Suite or vCloud Suite, including upgrades from vRealize Operations and vSphere.

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Get 303% ROI with Payback in Less Than 3 Months

See how organizations reduced unplanned downtime, increased productivity, and decreased costs in a Forrester TEI Study.

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True Visibility Suite Joins VMware!

Blue Medora's True Visibility Suite is now part of the VMware Cloud Management Team.

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Why Choose vRealize Operations

Proven solution from the market leader

Customers can trust self-driving operations for their most demanding applications from the market leader as ranked by IDC for four consecutive years.

True Cloud Management Platform

Self-driving operations is connected to AI-driven predictive analytics, giving IT the confidence that performance and costs are optimized accurately and according to business intent.

Holistic hybrid cloud monitoring and troubleshooting

Customers can fix problems at the speed of light with intelligent analytics run on structured and unstructured data connected to a broad ecosystem of applications and infrastructure.

Native console built for SDDC and vSphere

Customers prefer native instrumentation, designed by the same engineering teams, which works together seamlessly with vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS and vSAN.

Unmatched operational agility

vRealize Operations offers multiple deployment options from on-premises to SaaS to support business innovation, reduced time to market, and rapid scalability. Customers with distributed and complex environments can get federated views across multiple and geographically dispersed data centers and across multiple vRealize Operations or vRealize Operations Cloud instances.

What’s New in vRealize Operations 8.2?  

Continuous Performance Optimization

Intelligent Remediation

  • vRealize Network Insight app discovery
  • Enhanced Kubernetes integration with support for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Openshift
  • Log-metric correlation; log dashboard widget
  • Management pack enhancements – AWS, VxRail, NSX-T, Skyline, SNMP
  • New Flowgate management pack for facility systems and IT data
  • Metric correlation expansion
  • Simplified policy management workflows
  • Enhanced dashboard management; OOTB dashboard content improvements

Efficient Capacity and Cost Management

  • Improvements in pricing & costing engine, including daily VM cost granularity
  • Improvement in metering capabilities
  • Pricing support for non-vRealize Automation workloads, including VMware Cloud on AWS

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A Day in the Life of IT Operations

Get out of firefighting mode, get ahead of the next crisis, and easily prove your value to the business with vRealize Operations.

Introducing vRealize Operations 8.2

Find out what’s new and what’s improved in vRealize Operations 8.2.

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Announcing vRealize Operations Cloud

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Announcing vRealize Operations Cloud

Gain the value of SaaS for improved agility and scalability with the same features as the 8.1 release. See how to easily onboard vRealize Operations Cloud.

vRealize Operations Upgrade Center

Find out why and how to upgrade to the latest version. It's quick and easy.

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Thousands of customers across industries worldwide modernize their data centers to optimize for performance, availability, and cost. Discover how these customers streamline and automate IT operations across physical, virtual and cloud environments with VMware’s self-driving IT operations management solutions.

Alliant Credit Union

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Alliant Credit Union

One of the largest credit unions in the U.S.expands visibility across entire IT infrastructure with vRealize Operations.

ACI Specialty Benefits

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ACI Specialty Benefits

Global benefits company grows rapidly byreducing total cost of ownership by 35 percent with vRealize.


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European leader in global payments advances pace of innovation with vRealize.


vRealize Operations improves application performance, prevents business disruptions and makes IT more efficient. 

vRealize Suite with VMware Cloud on AWS

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vRealize Suite with VMware Cloud on AWS

See how to confidently integrate and manage VMware Cloud on AWS with vRealize Suite.

vRealize Operations for VMware Cloud Foundation

vRealize Operations is the unified control plane for the unified hybrid cloud.

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vRealize Operations with Native vSAN Integration

Build the foundation for modern infrastructure with vSAN and vRealize Operations.

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vSAN and vRealize Operations

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vSAN and vRealize Operations

Discover how to reduce TCO and improve business and operational efficiency.

VMware Cloud on AWS

vRealize Operations delivers a unified hybrid cloud management experience for VMware Cloud on AWS.

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Continuous Performance Optimization

Assure application performance at minimal cost, driven by operational and business intent with real-time predictive analytics driving actions and AI to automatically balance workloads and proactively avoid contention. Apply automated intent-driven workload balancing and optimization to VMware Cloud Foundation, vSAN or VMware Cloud on AWS.

Automated workload balancing

Automatically and continuously balance workloads across clusters based on business and operational intent for virtual machines deployed on VMware Cloud Foundation, vSAN, or on VMware Cloud on AWS. Optimize workload balancing for cost savings, performance, compliance, or consolidation. Continuously verify workload performance against defined intent, applying predictive analytics to project future requirements, and balance workloads automatically or schedule balancing in a convenient maintenance window.

Continuous and automated workload placement throughout the VM lifecycle

Integrate vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation or vRealize Operations Cloud and vRealize Automation Cloud for initial placement and on-going placement to meet utilization and business intent, sharing common constructs to deliver a next-gen Cloud Management Platform.

Automated host based placement, driven by operational and business intent

Create placement zones across hosts regardless of cluster boundaries to optimize placement and balancing of workloads based on software license enforcement, tiers and other tags. Apply business intent to VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and automate DRS management.

Predictive DRS

Avoid contention by combining predictive analytics from vRealize Operations with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). Analyze and predict future demand or contention and proactively move workloads to avoid the issues.

Integrated Compliance

Reduce risk and enforce IT and regulatory standards with integrated compliance and automated drift remediation.

VMware Cloud configuration & compliance

Enable security configuration for vSphere, vSAN, NSX, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS with out-of-the box cluster, host and VM compliance dashboards.

VMware Cloud regulatory compliance

Measure vSphere, vSAN, NSX, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS compliance stature against common templates like DISA, FISMA, ISO, CIS, PCI and HIPAA, or create custom compliance standards.

Automated configuration management

Automate drift remediation with out-of-the-box workflows and vRealize Orchestrator integration.

Next-Gen Ops Platform

vRealize Operations offers multiple deployment options to support your business innovation, reduce time to value, and rapidly scale.

Available on-premises or as a service

vRealize Operations is available as an on-premises software or as a cloud service. The cloud service, called vRealize Operations Cloud, offers full feature parity with the traditional product but all the benefits of software as a service, such as reduced operational overhead, automatic upgrades, and faster access to new features and innovation.

Federation across multiple data centers

Manage large, distributed and complex environments in one place with federated views across multiple and geographically dispersed data centers.

Continuous availability

Continuous availability provides the ability to stretch a vRealize Operations cluster across fault domains, which will allow a vRealize Operations cluster to survive the failure of a fault domain, assuring uninterrupted operations view.

Open and extensible platform

Manage large, complex, heterogeneous, hybrid environments with an open and extensible architecture with scalability and resilience. Deploy domain-specific Management Packs from VMware and third-party hardware and application vendors.

Capacity and Cost Management and Planning

Reduce cost and improve efficiency with real-time ML-based capacity analytics correlated with cost analytics, improving utilization and consolidation while proactively planning for future.

Proactive capacity management

Real-time predictive capacity analytics provide proactive alerting based on capacity usage and demand as well as allocation with actionable recommendations that include reclamation, procurement and cloud migration planning options.

Reclaim and right-size

Reclaim overprovisioned capacity, right-size virtual machines and increase consolidation while honoring business and operational intent. Real-time predictive capacity analytics provide proactive alerting based on capacity usage and demand. They also deliver actionable recommendations that include reclamation, as well as compute and storage procurement options.

VMware Cloud cost management

Combine capacity analytics with costing information to easily understand and track how operational efficiency and capacity management drive cost efficiency. Define and customize cost drivers and take actions to optimize capacity and costs. Understand total cost of ownership, get fine-grained savings opportunities to manage VMware Cloud Foundation and vSAN costs, and get showback and chargeback reports. Get insights, natively, into costs and billing for VMware Cloud on AWS and extend costing visibility to public clouds through integration with Cloud Health by VMware.

Capacity planning

Use flexible capacity modeling to develop resourcing strategies and what-if scenarios across hyperconverged, hybrid and multi cloud environments. Advanced capacity planning provides the ability to model best fit for new workloads, plan hardware procurement, compare costs across multiple data centers and plan migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. Evaluate the cost of deploying workloads in a private cloud and compare that with the cost of other public cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

Intelligent Remediation

Predict, prevent and troubleshoot faster with actionable insights correlating metrics and logs with unified visibility from applications to infrastructure. Streamline and centralize IT operations with native SDDC integrations with VMware Cloud Foundation, vSphere 7.0, vSAN, VMware Cloud on AWS, and multiple public clouds such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Troubleshooting workbench

Get a unified IT operations view into applications and infrastructure health for anomaly detections and expedited root cause analysis. Visualize and correlate key performance indicators, metrics, events and logs and get actionable workflows to troubleshoot quickly. Enable proactive remediation of performance problems through advanced predictive analytics. Gain insight into application-to-infrastructure dependencies to simplify change impact analysis and troubleshooting.

Unified visibility across VMware Cloud and native public clouds

Get out of the box and customizable dashboards, reports and views for VMware Cloud Foundation, vSAN and VMware Cloud on AWS environments. Customize dashboards, reports and views to create unique workflows and easily share across infrastructure, operations and applications teams. Integrate with common ticketing systems and collaboration tools, such as Service Now and Slack. Natively integrate AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform accounts and metrics for unified visibility, faster decision making and troubleshooting.

360-degree troubleshooting

Troubleshoot smarter with 360-degree troubleshooting using metrics and logs side by side and in context. Integration of vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight as well as between vRealize Operations Cloud and vRealize Log Insight Cloud brings structured data (such as metrics and key performance indicators) and unstructured data (such as log files) together for faster root-cause analysis.

Native VMware Cloud integrations

Operationalize and scale VMware SDDC components such as vCenter, vSAN, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS. Get complete visibility into VMware Cloud Foundation deployments, automatically balance workloads, optimize performance and manage capacity and costs. Plan migration to VMware Cloud on AWS and post deployment balance workloads, manage capacity and get billing and cost insights.

Global operations for vSAN

Get overview of vSphere and vSAN environments within vCenter user interface including KPIs, critical alerts, capacity overview and operational insights and recommendations. Launch in context to full vRealize Operations dashboards for full-stack troubleshooting and capacity and cost management including capacity and time remaining, deduplication and compression savings and reclamation opportunities. Centralized management of multi-site and stretched vSAN clusters with advanced troubleshooting, proactive alerting and visibility from virtual machines to disk.

Containers and Kubernetes management

Out of box and customizable dashboards, reports, views and alerts help operationalize vSphere 7.0 with Kubernetes, providing complete visibility and control over traditional virtual machines and container environments. Auto-discover new constructs of Supervisor Cluster, Namespaces, PODs and Guest Clusters as you on-board them in vCenter. Get new summary pages to monitor the performance, capacity, utilization and configuration of the Kubernetes constructs. Manage and forecast capacity to show capacity bottlenecks and rightsize container environments. In addition, use management pack for containers to extend this visibility for natively deployed containers.

Monitor common packaged applications and operating systems natively

Empower IT and application owners to triage and resolve issues faster. vRealize Operations easily and automatically discovers virtual machines and apps, deploys agents with full lifecycle management capabilities and collects the required metrics for monitoring and troubleshooting for common packed applications. Relationships between applications and infrastructure are mapped by vRealize Operations to provide visualization of the full stack and decrease time-to-identify root cause of performance and availability issues.


Self-driving Operations

  Standalone Licensing
Standard Per Virtual Machine (VM)/ Per Processor (CPU)
Advanced Per Operating System Instance (OSI)/Per Processor (CPU)
Enterprise Per Operating System Instance (OSI)/Per Processor (CPU)
  Available in Suite
Standard N/A
Advanced VMware vRealize Suite/vCloud Suite Standard, Advanced (PLU)
Enterprise VMware vRealize Suite/vCloud Suite Enterprise (PLU)
  Performance monitoring and analytics
Standard vSphere only
Advanced Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS and VCPP based hybrid clouds2
Enterprise Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS, hybrid clouds and multicloud2
  Capacity management and planning
Standard vSphere only with planning to add more workloads
Advanced Integrated capacity and costing for entire SDDC and VMware Cloud on AWS; multiple what-if scenarios for HCI planning, adding and removing workloads, procurement and multi-cloud migration
Enterprise Integrated capacity and costing for entire SDDC and VMware Cloud on AWS; multiple what-if scenarios for HCI planning, adding and removing workloads, procurement and multi-cloud migration
  SDDC and VMware Cloud on AWS security and compliance
Standard vSphere
Advanced SDDC and VMware Cloud on AWS
Enterprise SDDC and VMware Cloud on AWS
  Remediation and troubleshooting
Standard vSphere only
Advanced Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS and VCPP based hybrid clouds2
Enterprise Entire SDDC, VMware cloud on AWS, hybrid clouds, Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, containers and applications2
  Workload balancing based on business/operational intent
Standard Manual
Advanced Automated and schedulable
Enterprise Automated and schedulable
  Dashboards and reporting
Standard Out-of-the-box dashboards, reports and views
Advanced Out-of-the-box AND customizable/shareable dashboards, reports and views
Enterprise Out-of-the-box AND customizable/shareable dashboards, reports and views
  Log integration
Standard Available
Advanced Available
Enterprise Available
  Private cloud costing
Standard N/A
Advanced Included
Enterprise Included
  OS monitoring
Standard N/A
Advanced Included
Enterprise Included
Standard N/A
Advanced Included
Enterprise Included
  Application, middleware and database monitoring
Standard N/A
Advanced N/A
Enterprise Included
  Management packs available1
Standard 15+ for compute and storage
Advanced 50+ for compute, storage, networking, hyperconverged and other hypervisors
Enterprise 75+ for compute, storage, networking, converged/hyperconverged, other hypervisors, container, public cloud, connectors, database, big data, and applications

For a complete feature-level version comparison, please see the Self-Driving Operations Datasheet.

1May require VMware or third-party management packs. A full catalog of vRealize Operations management packs can be found here.]


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vRealize Operations

How does vRealize Operations drive capacity and cost management?

 VMware vRealize Operations delivers self-driving operations from apps to infrastructure to optimize, plan, and scale VMware Cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments while unifying public cloud monitoring. See the vRealize Operations Datasheet to learn more.

What are the cost savings and business benefits I can achieve with vRealize Operations?

According to a Forrester report, vRealize Operations led to improved visibility, optimized performance and capacity, and faster remediation for enterprises that deployed it. These organizations experienced a total ROI of 303 percent, including:

  • 20 percent reduction in hardware costs
  • 50 percent reduction in database management license costs over a three-year period
  • 93 percent reduction in unplanned downtime
  • 30 percent improvement in productivity

Use our ROI estimation calculator to estimate the potential ROI for your organization.

What are the software requirements for running vRealize Operations?

vRealize Operations Manager is supported for installation on the following Linux versions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6, starting with version 6.5.

vRealize Operations Manager is supported for installation on the following Windows versions:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

For details and configuration requirements, read the Installation and Configuration guide.

What are the hardware requirements for running vRealize Operations?

The components for running vRealize Operations—analytics nodes, witness nodes, and remote collectors—have various hardware requirements. Detailed hardware specifications are available in the vRealize Operations documentation

How can I try out vRealize Operations?

The vRealize Operations Hands-on Lab is a free evaluation that allows you to test-drive the full technical capabilities of vRealize Operations from your browser, with no installation required.

Where can I find training and documentation for vRealize Operations?

Training courses in classroom, live online, and self-paced on-demand formats, as well as free eLearning courses, are available in VMware Education. A variety of courses are available for vRealize Operations, enabling you to take advantage of all its features and functions and get the most out of your vRealize environment.

Product documentation for vRealize Operations is available in VMware Docs.



vRealize Operations is available standalone and bundled with various VMware suites or as a service. Refer to the edition comparison table to understand the different product editions. There are four licensing models.

  • Portable licensing units: This is the licensing metric for vCloud Suite and vRealize Suite.
  • Per processor with unlimited VMs: This is the licensing metric for the following standalone products: vRealize Operations Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions and vRealize Log Insight.
  • Per virtual machine or operating system instance: This is the licensing metric for the following standalone products: vRealize Operations Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions and vRealize Log Insight.
  • Software as a subscription (SaaS): Visit the vRealize Operations Cloud webpage at

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