Who Uses This Software?

Anyone operating a vSphere environment will benefit from Runecast Analyzer.


Average Ratings

25 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
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  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Runecast Solutions
  • www.runecast.biz
  • Founded 2014
  • United Kingdom

About Runecast Analyzer

Runecast is an innovative provider of patent pending actionable predictive analytics for VMware vSphere environments. Runecast Analyzer provides software-defined expertise to mitigate service outages, increase security and compliance and reduce time in troubleshooting. Runecast Analyzer is deployed in VMware environments across the globe within enterprise and SME customers.


Runecast Analyzer Features

  • Audit Trail
  • Behavior-Based Acceleration
  • Cross Reference System
  • Device Auto Discovery
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Import/Export Data
  • JCL Management
  • Multi-Platform
  • Multi-User
  • Power Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Capacity Monitoring
  • Data Mobility
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Namespace Management
  • Performance Management
  • Version Control
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring

Runecast Analyzer Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Capterra loader

System Engineer, I design and manage IT services. Author of Nolabnoparty.com tech blog.

May 30, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: An easy to use solution, very useful to prevent potential issues on your virtual infrastructure. The well designed Dashboard allows you to have the overall status of your infrastructure from a single pane of glass. Being constantly under development, Runecast releases updates as soon as new issues or new KB are released by VMware saving the administrators from potential services disruption.

Despite daily checks of the virtual infrastructure, not all issues can be detected on time. If the system has a problem, the users will have a problem. Runecast gives you the information you need to prevent potential and dangerous issues saving lot of time and keeping the environment healthy. Just think about Meltdown and Spectre issue... in large environments to identify hosts affected by this problem takes ages. With Runecast you can have the exact overview of hosts that need to be patched in a matter of seconds.

Cons: No much to say about cons... for SMBs the application price perhaps can influence the purchase decision but the provided benefits are valuable. Anyway preventing issues surely cost less than fixing.

Overall: I can have the situation of my virtual environment always under control from a centralized console knowing if anything bad is occurring to the infrastructure.

It allows me to save time and plan appropriate maintenance windows avoiding services disruption.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you, Paolo!

We love your blog and your kind reviews!

Capterra loader

One stop shop, single pain or glass Best Practice and Security Advice, all in one nice panel!

May 18, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It takes the pain away from VMware Administration.... it does what it says on the tin, plug and play, sit back, and then spend some time Security Hardening your VMware vSphere estate, and not forgetting following Best Practice!

The real time log analysis against VMware KBs is amazing...!!!

Cons: What is there not to like about Runecast Analyzer! Be prepared for a long list of todos, after it's analysed your VMware vSphere estate! It's not a software issues, because you should have been following Best Practice and Security Advice...anyway.

Overall: Spent less time, consulting VMware documentation.... Log Analysis against VMware KBs, provides many fixes for issues.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you Andrew, for a great review!

Really nice software which works fast, easy to maintain, good support

May 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Nice software which allows to monitor vulnerabilities and bugs and fix them. It also has features of monitoring and analyzing logs which shows only information you need to know(errors, fails) and groups them.

Cons: I would like to see more information about logs and their relation and impact on system together with KA and BP and maybe history of fixing bugs graph would looks good

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the great feedback, Oleg!
We are working hard on the historical graph and it is to be released very soon!

Gave me a quick visual of my entire VMware environment and all the possible issues that existed

May 22, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The fact that I can see all the issues and potential issues that exist is fantastic, but to be given a direct path for remediation has same me hours of time.

Cons: To be honest, I haven't found anything that I didn't like about it. It has don't everything I needed.

Overall: This product has save time in remediation as well has helped me better understand some of my initial configuration flaws.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the great review, Henderson! We are happy Runecast saves you time and helps you understand configuration flaws.
We appreciate you putting your trust in us for years now!

Simple quick compliance check

May 22, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is very easy to see where you are lacking and need to be patched. As well as categorize the different issues into their importance.

Cons: It would be nice to allow automated patching of systems based on your preferences. This would make this product

Overall: Makes the life of an administrator

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you for the review, Stephen and thank you for your long lasting trust in Runecast. We will continue to works towards making your life as an administrator easier!

An extremely useful pro-active problem solver, with new features being added regularly.

May 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It does something unique by cross-referencing KB articles with your VMware estate, bringing a lot of hidden unknowns to the surface so they can be sorted before you have an issue.

Cons: Just waiting on the PCI checks feature, but I understand this needs a lot of interaction with VMware themselves before they can release.

Overall: Avoiding downtime on production hypervisors, and ensuring everything is running smoothly.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Great feedback - thank you, Rob!

We keep working hard to add new valuable functionalities and a PCI compliance profile is coming up very soon!

Even now Runecast Analyzer already satisfies a large number of PCI-DSS 3.2.1 controls. Check out this article: https://www.runecast.biz/blog/automating-pci-dss-v321-in-vmware-virtual-data-centers-part-1---vulnerability-management.jsp

Evaluated this product within test and production environments

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is everything the VMware Health Analyzer tried to be and much more.

The comprehensive coverage of applicable KB articles, DISA STIG and best practises summarised across infrastructure qualities makes reporting current states effortless.

Also, from a security perspective, the offline capability is priceless.

Cons: I wish the product had been around years ago.

Not much else I can really say about what I don't like about it.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on August 02, 2018

Thanks for the awesome review, Austen!

Great tool to discover hidden issues within virtual infrastructure. Timesaver

May 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: simple deployment

simple configuration

simple update process

offline update possible

good visualization of issues

Cons: no defined way to contact support. I did it via Twitter and then I got excellent support. They're should be a contact form on the website or within Runecast to open a ticket.

Overall: I was able to detect issues that I wasn't aware of.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the great feedback, Michael!

There was a temporary maintenance on the website, but the chat support option is now back on the lower right corner of the page.

Overall experience was really nice. Deployment and configuration was just few clicks.

May 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The most important thing is ease of use and configuration. Recent release of vCenter plug-in made the life more easier. Routine updates and offline repository usage is one of the other important thing and it helps to maintain a more secure environment without exposing the internal network to the internet and while analyzing the security risks and best practices.

Cons: To be honest, I have nothing in mind to say bad about this and overall experience was really nice so far.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for a great review!

We do release regular updates to make sure you are always on top of the latest recorded issues and best practices. We are happy we could make your life easier.

Best 3rd party software for your vSphere environnements .

Aug 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: It does what it supposes to do : single interface to discover by referencing VMware KB articles and best practices and then help you to correct issues in your virtual infrastructures : vSphere and now NSX !!!

Cons: No much to say about cons. I'd like to have a trend of historical report.

Overall: Runecast saves hours to any Virtualization Engineer

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on August 13, 2018

Thanks for the great feedback. Historical trends are coming very very soon :)

Impressive and valuable tool

May 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I'm impressed by the easy installation in my environment with dozens of remote clusters. It runs very smooth and the first results come in before I can even finish my coffee. It finds all kind configuration issues and gives advise how to fix or improve. Currently testing with the trail version, but hope to switch to the full version soon.

Cons: The version I use is not creating a trend line for the security score or index and that is useful for my reports. I got from support that it is on the roadmap for a future release.

Overall: It helps to mature and secure the vsphere environment

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

And we are impressed by your review - thank you!

We are working hard on releasing the historical data report functionality very soon!

Capterra loader

Easy Ride

May 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Its like have a Vmware Technician 24/7 auditing you Vmware Environment, its absolutely great !!!!

Cons: No Alerting, if wanted alerts from logs. Hope they add these feature to a future release

Overall: It has identified issues and bugs that i had no idea about

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you, Alexis, for the awesome feedback!

Regarding Alerting - apart from the email report that's currently part of the product, we are working on more sophisticated alerting.

Capterra loader

A vital tool for maintaining uptime for your virtual environment

May 22, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - The ease of installation and upgrade. Deployed in 30 minutes and upgraded in 10

- The easy to use interface and to see how many hosts are affected by a particular bug/issue

- The ability to group issues into categories

Cons: - Reporting could be improved. It would be nice to be able to produce a graphical report that illustrates all the issues diecovered and how many hosts are affected.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you, Gordon, for the awesome review and suggestions! We are working on extending the reporting options.

Very usefull as it's able to rapidly point what's missing or wrongly set on esx side

May 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to set up, it's just a single vm deployed in 15min, after a short scan : able to pinpoint what's not correct or missing.. Simple criss-cross between config & best practices & kb's

Cons: Nothing so far. Don't really see any cons yet. Or maybe : its not free but it's normal... You don't really get use full tools for free....

Overall: Easy view of what could possibly impact esx behaviour....

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the great review, Thierry!

We like keeping things simple and providing you with the actionable insights you need.

Excellent software which complements the lack of VMware's management software.

May 22, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Runecast Analyzer always saves my time to resarch KB and potential problems. And also, it saves me from PSOD before it happens.

Cons: I'm OK but language localization could boost the sales in non-English speaking countries like Japan.

Overall: Reduced the risk of system down and saved lots of time for trouble shootings.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you, Igarashi-san, for the great feedback!

We value our Japanese users and we consider localizing the main dashboard as a start.

Excellent all around

May 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Provides a deep dive into every aspect of my VMware setup, giving me excellent insights into security, logs, recommendations, hardening, knowledge base articles, and the like.

Cons: Not a lot of cons. I'd love to see "do it for me" features to fix common/easy/low-risk-of-change things.

Overall: It's made all our administrators into VMware "experts"!

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you, Troy! We love helping you be true VMware experts!

Awesome product to complète an audit

Jul 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It simplify any audit on VMware platform. In my Day to Day business it help to prove my customer, there is some issue on the VMware implémentation.

Cons: More product to intégrate like Hyper-V. I know This can be troublesome because of the all components.

Simple platform checker

May 17, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to deploy and easy to use, always up to date.

Very light.

It's all i wanted from this kind of tool

Cons: I didn't find for the moment something i don't like. It's a good sign no ? ;)

I'm am not using it enough for the moment.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

We love keeping things simple, Gilles - thank you for the kind review!

Love It!

May 18, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It found issues I never knew I had. I also was able to quickly see the results of the logs without having to upload a file to VMware and wait for a tech to get back to me

Cons: It found issues I never knew I had... Which means I actually had things to look into and fix. Some issues could be ignored but at least I knew they were there now!

Overall: Visibility into my environment and a better way of troubleshooting

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you for loving Runecast, Mike! We love your feedback!

Runecast has allowed me to quickly identify best practices for my VMware infrastructure.

May 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I can see directly what VMware KBs that the hosts in my environment are affected and what steps to take for remediation. Also what best practices I should adhere to can be quickly gleaned from the Runecast console.

Cons: The integration of Runecast with vCenter as a plug-in needs work. For my environment it caused crashes of the vCenter flash website many times. I finally had to remove the integration.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the great review, Swetal!

And sorry to hear you had troubles with the vCenter Web Client plug-in. We emailed you privately to make sure this issue is resolved.

Very easy to implement and have useful information to optimized and secure a VMware environment

May 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to install and configure, I have fast result with it. Whatever your environment size, admin will save hours or maybe days with this tool rather than looking for a needle in the VMware KB.

Cons: Unfortunately it's only for a VMware environment, nothing for Hyper-V or Xen.

When implementations allow it, it would be interesting to have a way to apply the correction easily instead of follow the VMware KB

Overall: Saves hours of research in the VMware database, help to check compliancy.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thank you for the kind feedback!

The tool we always wanted from VMware

May 31, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use, easy to Setup and install, always kept up to date (KBs) and very efficient to identify issues within your virtual infrastructure.

Cons: I have too little experience in using the solution, because I only used a free trial version of Runecast.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the kind feedback, Nicolas!

Capterra loader

The software reduces the time needed to follow KBs to minimum.

May 22, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The software reduces the time needed to follow KBs to minimum filtering out irrelevant KBs to your VMware cloud....

Cons: It would be nice if it would monitor driver / firmware changes, KBs, matrix of compatibility for hardware.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks for the kind review, Vedran!

Historical changes report is on the immediate roadmap. Stay tuned!

Simply to install and use. Great features

Jul 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Wide functionality with vSphere, NSX and vSAN. Easy to implement and use for me and my customers. Great number of articles in Internet

Cons: features like vCloud Director are important in my customers. We need this feature to monitoring vCD Machines

Capterra loader

Fantastic

May 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to identify potential issues that could cause a major outage for the business, coupled with access to the automated compliance reports are the main benefits Runecast Analyzer delivers.

The most critical issues Runecast Analyzer has identified so far are:

- ESXi Iost connectivity issues or PSOD

- Vulnerability issues in vCenter

- ESXi host fails with purple diagnostic screen (2148927)

- Security compliance alerts

Cons: I currently can't see any cons with Runecast. it was extremely easy to deploy and running reports is easy.

Vendor Response

by Runecast Solutions on June 04, 2018

Thanks, Daniel, for a fantastic review!