Self-driving Operations

Run production operations hands-off and hassle-free with self-driving operations, delivering continuous performance optimization based on operational and business intent, efficient capacity management, proactive cloud planning, intelligent remediation and integrated compliance. Optimize, plan and scale SDDC and cloud deployments, from apps to infrastructure, with a unified management platform.

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.

vRealize Operations: 3-Month Payback and 300% 3-Year ROI

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vRealize Upgrade Promotion - Get up to 65% Off

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vRealize Upgrade Promotion - Get up to 65% Off

Unleash the power of self-driving operations and upgrade from vRealize Operations Standard to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.

Up to 65% off vRealize Upgrade

Get up to 65% off when you upgrade your vSOM or vRealize Operations Standard to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.

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What’s New in vRealize Operations 7.5? 

Continuous Performance Optimization

  • Placement optimization for vSAN workloads using storage intent definition
  • Storage aware workload placement that is resync, slack-space & storage policy aware

Efficient Capacity Management and Planning

  • Allocation-aware capacity planning and management
  • Ability to reclaim storage from orphan virtual disks
  • Custom VM profiles to visualize capacity based on unique sizing requirements (VM remaining)
  • Enhanced what-if scenarios including public cloud migration, HCI planning, workload and hardware removal, and stackable scenarios
  • New cost drivers: vSAN costs, individual server costs, total monthly OpEx costs

Intelligent Remediation

  • Telegraf agent-based application and OS monitoring with agent lifecycle management and out-of-the-box application monitoring dashboards
  • Enhanced relationship widget to provide an easy line of sight from apps to infrastructure
  • Custom properties for enhanced process automation, reports, and views
  • Metric correlation and new super metrics workflows for faster troubleshooting
  • Service Now integration
  • Enhanced SDDC & Cloud Pod management packs with NSX-T support

Integrated Compliance

  • Ability to create custom compliance standards
  • Automated configuration management with out-of-the-box workflows and vRealize Orchestrator integration

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 7.5

Find out what’s new and what’s improved in vRealize Operations 7.5.

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Featured: Installing and Configuring Native Application Monitoring

Full stack visibility for application-aware troubleshooting and more with application monitoring in vRealize Operations 7.5.

vRealize Operations Upgrade Center

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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 by reducing 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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VMware Cloud on AWS

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

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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.

vRealize Operations with Native vSAN Integration

Build the foundation for modern infrastructure with vSAN and vRealize Operations

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Continuous Performance Optimization

Assure performance at minimal cost, driven by operational and business intent, with predictive analytics driving actions to automatically balance workloads and proactively avoid contention.

Automated Workload Balancing

Automatically and continuously balance workloads across hosts and clusters based on business and operational intent. Optimize workload balancing for cost savings, performance, software license management or densification. 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 for initial placement and on-going placement to meet utilization and business intent.

Automated Host Based Placement, Driven by 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.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Performance Optimization

Optimize performance of vSAN clusters through workload balancing that is resync, slack space and storage policy aware.

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.

Efficient Capacity Management and Planning

Reduce cost and risk with real-time, predictive capacity analytics correlated with cost analytics, delivering optimal densification and proactive planning and procurement.

Reclaim and Right-size

Reclaim overprovisioned capacity, right-size virtual machines and increase densification 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.

Correlate Business and Operational Insights

Combine capacity analytics with costing information to easily understand and track how operational efficiency and capacity management drive cost efficiency. Understand total cost of ownership and fine-grained savings opportunities to manage private cloud costs.

Capacity Planning

Use flexible capacity modeling to develop resourcing strategies and what-if scenarios across multiple clouds. Advanced capacity planning provides the ability to model best fit for new workloads, plan hardware procurement as well as plan migration to VMware Cloud on AWS or Amazon Web Services (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. Streamline and centralize IT operations with native SDDC integrations, federated views and a highly scalable and extensible platform.

Unified Operations

Get a unified IT operations view into applications and infrastructure health. Visualize and correlate key performance indicators and get actionable out-of-the-box, persona-based dashboards and workflows to troubleshoot quickly. Enable proactive remediation of performance problems through predictive analytics and smart alerts. Gain insight into application-to-infrastructure dependencies to simplify change impact analysis and troubleshooting. Customize dashboards, reports and views to create unique workflows across infrastructure, operations and applications teams.

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 brings structured data (such as metrics and key performance indicators) and unstructured data (such as log files) together for faster root-cause analysis.

Native SDDC Integrations

Operationalize and scale VMware SDDC components such as vCenter, vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation, with native integrations and a unified view into SDDC health. Leverage native vSAN management for vSAN-specific monitoring and troubleshooting, as well as capacity management, including capacity and time remaining, deduplication and compression savings and reclamation opportunities. Take advantage of centralized management of multi-site and stretched vSAN clusters with advanced troubleshooting, proactive alerting and visibility from virtual machines to disk.

Global Operations View within vCenter

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 vRealize Operations for full stack troubleshooting and capacity management.

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 observability 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.

Open and Extensible Platform

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

Integrated Compliance

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

vSphere Configuration & Compliance

Enable security configuration for vSphere with out-of-the box cluster, host and VM compliance dashboards.

vSphere Regulatory Compliance

Measure vSphere 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.


Self-driving Operations

  Standalone Licensing
Standard Per Operating System Instance (OSI)/Per Processor (CPU)
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Per Operating System Instance (OSI)/Per Processor (CPU)
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Per Operating System Instance (OSI)
&nbsp; Available in Suite
Standard N/A
Advanced<sup>1</sup> VMware vRealize Suite/vCloud Suite Standard, Advanced (PLU)
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> VMware vRealize Suite/vCloud Suite Enterprise (PLU)
&nbsp; Performance monitoring and analytics
Standard vSphere only
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS and VCPP based hybrid clouds
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS, hybrid clouds and multicloud
&nbsp; Capacity management and planning
Standard vSphere only with planning to add more workloads
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Integrated capacity and costing for entire SDDC; scenario planning to add workloads and procure hardware; multi-cloud migration
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Integrated capacity and costing for entire SDDC; scenario planning to add workloads and procure hardware; multi-cloud migration
&nbsp; vSphere security and compliance
Standard Included
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Included
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Included
&nbsp; Remediation and troubleshooting
Standard vSphere only
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Entire SDDC, VMware Cloud on AWS and VCPP based hybrid clouds2
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Entire SDDC, VMware cloud on AWS, hybrid clouds, multicloud, containers and applications2
&nbsp; Workload balancing based on business/operational intent
Standard Manual
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Automated and schedulable
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Automated and schedulable
&nbsp; Dashboards and reporting
Standard Out-of-the-box dashboards, reports and views
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Out-of-the-box AND customizable/shareable dashboards, reports and views
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Out-of-the-box AND customizable/shareable dashboards, reports and views
&nbsp; Log integration
Standard Available
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Available
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Available
&nbsp; Private cloud costing
Standard N/A
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Included
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Included
&nbsp; OS monitoring
Standard N/A
Advanced<sup>1</sup> Included
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Included
&nbsp; Application, middleware and database monitoring
Standard N/A
Advanced<sup>1</sup> N/A
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> Included
&nbsp; Management packs available2
Standard 15+ for compute and storage
Advanced<sup>1</sup> 50+ for compute, storage, networking, hyperconverged and other hypervisors
Enterprise<sup>1</sup> 75+ for compute, storage, networking, converged/hyperconverged, other hypervisors, container, cloud, connectors, database, big data, and applications

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

1VMware Configuration Manager is no longer included in vRealize Operations Standalone Advanced and Enterprise editions. It is also not included in vRealize or vCloud Suites. VMware Configuration Manager is available as a separate standalone offering.

2May 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 is available standalone and bundled with various VMware suites. Refer to the edition comparison table to understand the different product editions. There are three licensing models.

  • Per virtual machine or physical server: This is the licensing metric for the following standalone products: vRealize Operations Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced edition.


VMware vRealize Configuration Manager is no longer included in vRealize Operations Standard, Advanced or Enterprise editions. It is also not included in vRealize or vCloud Suites. vRealize Configuration Manager is available as a separate standalone offering.


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