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 after the scan and there is no guaranteed delivery time

Skyline with Premiere support

No, reports with issues are sent days after the scan and there is no guaranteed delivery time

Can it identify issues from logs in real time?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes

Skyline with Production support

No, reports are sent with days delay

Skyline with Premiere support

No, reports are sent with days delay

Does it support major VMware products?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, support for vSphere, vSAN and NSX-V

Skyline with Production support

No, storage product (vSAN) is not supported

Skyline with Premiere support

No, storage product (vSAN) is not supported

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, page 2

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, page 2

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​

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, VMware Skyline Collector application is continuously sending data to VMware servers to be examined and will not work without Internet connectivity

Skyline with Premiere support

No, VMware Skyline Collector application is continuously sending data to VMware servers to be examined and will not work without Internet connectivity

Will it scan for security violations?

Runecast Analyzer

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

Skyline with Production support

No

Skyline with Premiere support

A limited number of VMware security hardening policies

Can I automate reporting?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, fully customizable report frequency sent as a PDF or XSL format    

Skyline with Production support

No, a report is on-request/demand only with no guaranteed response time

Skyline with Premiere support

No, a report is on-request/demand only 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

No

Skyline with Premiere support

No

Can you customize and control the analysis?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, summary dashboard, customizable issues pages, full control over settings and findings, granular control over filters

Skyline with Production support

No, a uniform report with simple online charts

Skyline with Premiere support

No, a uniform report with simple online charts

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, page 3, 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, page 3, VMware Skyline Collector Terms and Conditions

Is the product mature enough?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, 3+ years on the market, developed by admins for admins. New features released twice a quarter.

Skyline with Production support

No, still in beta​

Skyline with Premiere support

No, still in beta​

How frequently are the KB and Security definitions updated?

Runecast Analyzer

Bi-weekly or daily in case of critical issues

Skyline with Production support

Unknown

Skyline with Premiere support

Unknown

How is the product supported?

Runecast Analyzer

24x7 response from the people who developed it

Skyline with Production support

VMware Support

Skyline with Premiere support

VMware Support

Is the product publicly available?

Runecast Analyzer

Yes, available now and available globally

Skyline with Production support

No, not publicly available. Available by invitation only and only in certain regions​

Skyline with Premiere support

No, not publicly available. Available by invitation only and only in certain regions​

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