I agree there needs to be a line between the two supports, but I expected the line to be around the automated vs. manual task. By this I mean if you can automate it, it goes in production, but if it requires design skill or a person to review and work with the data then premier.
Looking at the PDF it seems that some of the things I would have expected to be included in the production one are not. Please understand this is based on the PDF, so maybe it is just me parsing the sheet incorrectly, and if so, then please let me know (or include additional text on the comparison - I actually tried to look for more detail on it).
For example the security hardening - I expect that most of the security best practices that Mike Foley talks (the former hardening guide) about would be checked and reported with the whole product.
Depending on how you understand security compliance too - if it is the attestation that the system is setup for PCI-DSS and can provide statements to the auditors of said compliance - sure make that premier, but just aligning with best practices - that should be production.
So I think the best way is to have an expanded PDF that talks more to what is meant by each of the points (then I can actually speak to the real points, not what I think the points are).
Hello, and thank you for your feedback. I agree, additional context and detail could be needed if you were trying to make an educated decision on which level of support is right for you, based upon what is available within proactive support for Production Support customers versus Premier Services customers.
We wanted to make customers aware that proactive support services with Skyline will be tiered based upon the level of support contract. We want to make sure we're setting the correct expectations for our customers before they adopt proactive support. The last thing we would want is a production support customer to adopt proactive support thinking they were going to receive a feature that is only available to premier services customers. However, I agree with you that the proactive support feature and benefit comparison needs additional context and detail. We will be sure to incorporate your feedback into the next version of the proactive support with Skyline feature and benefit comparison.
Furthermore, we also wanted to share the available channels available, from the Skyline Community for Production Support customers to a dedicated support account team for Premier Services customers.
We'll be sure to take this feedback and incorporate it into additional content that provides more details regarding what is available within proactive support for each tier of support (production/premier). If you have any other questions or comments please let us know. Thank you.
I would be curious to know how this product contrasts with the VMware Support Assistant appliance.
I am currently in the process of implementing the Support Assistant appliance and would like to know if VMware is planning to deprecate that product to favor the Skyline appliance instead.
Sorry for delayed response.
VMware has made the decision to stop all development on Support Assistant and migrate customers to VMware Skyline. There will be no new Support Assistant releases and therefore, no reported bugs will be fixed. This will enable better alignment across product groups and optimize our resources toward one proactive support service. Skyline is the strategic proactive support technology that VMware continues to invest in and evolve to meet the needs of our customers. Skyline will offer the functionality that Support Assistant has been offering to date, plus additional features and benefits as the technology matures.
Please find the link below which has more insight on End of Life for vCenter Support Assistant