VMware vSAN Review

It gives us the ability to manage capacity and performance in a linear fashion, but management (dashboard, alerts, monitoring) needs improvement.


What is most valuable?

vMotion and the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) load-balancing resources are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

We can manage capacity and performance in linear fashion.

We get better performance with a better cost efficiency.

What needs improvement?

The management of vSAN (dashboard, alerts, monitoring) has a significant amount of growth potential.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is dependent on how we scale and stabilize I/O across the host(s). We have encountered issues, but have worked through them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no issues because it is linear.

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

Prior to VSAN, we used SAN Storage, and we switched because we needed a more cost-effective solution for our cloud environment, coupled with easy scalability. Currently, SAN Storage has risks and bottlenecks, due to having only two storage processors which are not enough to handle our needs.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented in-house.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • NetApp
  • Nutanix

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you size correctly when you do the initial implementation.

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