What is most valuable?
The consolidated storage: no need to use central storage that has a performance penalty. For example, while using central storage that enables file-sharing NAS services & SAN services, when one VM had an IO overload, all the VMs in the same data store in the VMware environment on the same LUN suffered from I/O latency. Now, in the new consolidated storage, this does not happen.
How has it helped my organization?
We can deploy VM as a service & we can perform updates on the nodes without downtime in a very simple, direct way.
What needs improvement?
The improvement needed is for elastic clusters, meaning the ability to depart and join nodes in an automatic way. We have a laboratory that needs to perform bare metal tests and therefore needs to unjoin the nodes from the cluster and later on join them back.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have used it for two years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I have not encountered any stability issues.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I have not encountered any scalability issues, but we are about to add another node to the cluster and it should be a very simple task .
How is customer service and technical support?
Technical support is very good, and good with responsive time.
Which solutions did we use previously?
We were using central storage and suffered from bad performance latency.
How was the initial setup?
Initial setup was straightforward.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
At the time we checked, this solution was unique.
What other advice do I have?
Perform resizing. Check the needs and deploy only what is needed. Check the memory DIMMs and make sure for the price you get, you have free DIMMs.
We Added a dedicated switch for this cluster so that all layer 2 networking will be in this switch and separate from the main routers.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Apr 28 2017