The alternative to VMware Skyline

Proactive and automated support solutions are critical for protecting and optimizing your environment.

This overview highlights the key differentiators between VMware Skyline and Runecast Analyzer, the only alternative available.

Can it identify issues immediately?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes

Skyline with Production support

No, reports with issues are sent days/weeks after the scan with no guaranteed delivery time

Skyline with Premiere support

No, reports with issues are sent days/weeks after the scan with no guaranteed delivery time

Can it identify issues from logs in real time?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes

Skyline with Production support

No, you can only upload logs to VMware support with Log Assist when you open a problem ticket

Skyline with Premiere support

No, you can only upload logs to VMware support with Log Assist when you open a problem ticket

Can it identify hardware compatibility issues?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes. Fully automated VMware HCL analysis.

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

Will it keep your production environment data safe?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, all data is kept locally and nothing leaves your environment

Skyline with Production support

No.

Skyline data collection may include customer identifiable information. Examples include ESXi host names, IP addresses, license keys, customer IDs or entitlement account numbers.

Data is transmitted to secure data centers within the United States, operated by VMware.

Source: VMware Skyline FAQ

Skyline with Premiere support

No.

Skyline data collection may include customer identifiable information. Examples include ESXi host names, IP addresses, license keys, customer IDs or entitlement account numbers.

Data is transmitted to secure data centers within the United States, operated by VMware.

Source: VMware Skyline FAQ

Can it identify complex issues?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, an immediate report containing the most complex known issues from your configuration settings and from your logs

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

Limited. A delayed report containing the most complex known issues from your configuration settings, but not from your logs

Does it have monitoring capabilities?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, it continuously scans your environment and keeps the history of detected issues (for hosts, VMs, vCenters, NSX, vSAN). It shows newly detected issues and issues prevented over time

Skyline with Production support

No, results are available with days/weeks delay

Skyline with Premiere support

No, results are available with days/weeks delay

Will it work offline?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, the Runecast Analyzer engine doesn't need to be connected to the Internet and can be upgraded in an offline mode

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

Will it scan for security violations?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, against VMware security hardening policies, DISA-STIG 6, HIPAA and PCI-DSS

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No, a limited number of VMware security hardening policies

Does it have auto-remediation capabilities?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes - the Runecast vRO plug-in includes out-of-the-box remediation workflows for Security issues.

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

Can I have custom reports?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, fully customizable reports, frequency sent as a PDF or XSL format, including historical trends and TOP issues summary.

Skyline with Production support

No, only uniform report on a simple online dashboard with no guaranteed response time

Skyline with Premiere support

No, only uniform report on a simple online dashboard and uniform PDF reports with no guaranteed response time

Can I integrate it with other monitoring software or 3rd party applications?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, RestAPI and out-of-the box plug-in for vSphere, vRO and SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Skyline with Production support

Limited - vROPS

Skyline with Premiere support

Limited - vROPS

Does the product offer historical data?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, fully interactive detailed historical data from all configuration scans and logs

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

Will it keep your data private?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, you have full control over your privacy settings

Skyline with Production support

No.

You are required to participate in VMware's Enhanced Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). As part of the Enhanced CEIP, VMware collects certain technical data and product logs about your organization's use of VMware products and services on a regular basis.

Data is accessible to VMware employees who perform customer support and engagement. Data can be shared across VMware teams to enable cross-product correlation and analysis.

Source: VMware Skyline FAQ, VMware Skyline Collector Terms and Conditions

Skyline with Premiere support

No.

You are required to participate in VMware's Enhanced Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). As part of the Enhanced CEIP, VMware collects certain technical data and product logs about your organization's use of VMware products and services on a regular basis.

Data is accessible to VMware employees who perform customer support and engagement. Data can be shared across VMware teams to enable cross-product correlation and analysis.

Source: VMware Skyline FAQ, VMware Skyline Collector Terms and Conditions

Is the product mature?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, 3+ years on the market, developed by admins for admins

Skyline with Production support

Limited - a new service, not a product, which covers a small subset of only configuration KBs

Skyline with Premiere support

Limited - a new service, not a product, which covers a small subset of only configuration KBs

Can it simulate future ESXi upgrades?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, it can show you future issues that an upgrade will cause against VMware HCL

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

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“The tool we always wanted from VMware”

Senior Systems Engineer

“Best 3rd party software for your vSphere environments,”

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“It’s like having a VMware technician 24/7 auditing your VMware environment, it's absolutely great!!!”

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