VMware vSAN Review

Good replication, deduplication, and compression features, with remarkable support


What is our primary use case?

We are service providers. 

vSan is a system with defined storage, it doesn't work on a public cloud. It works and is built in your private cloud.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication, and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.

What needs improvement?

They should provide Deduplication and Compression over the hybrid drives. The Deduplication and Compression are locally only on all flash drives.

When you compare with Nutanix, you will find the performance in the Deduplication and Compression is over hybrid and on the flash drives. This feature is needed in vSan.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with VMware vSan for five years.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

VMware vSAN is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable up to 96 nodes. We have over 500 users in our company who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

VMware technical support is remarkable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not work with a similar software preciously. We were working with traditional solutions such as storage, and servers, but not software-defined storage like vSAN.

How was the initial setup?

The vSAN is very easy to deploy.

To deploy a full cluster in a data center, can take four hours.

We are all engineers. We don't need a team to maintain this solution, as everyone services themselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price could be lower. vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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