VMware vSAN Review

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

Valuable Features:

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

Improvements to My Organization:

We can manage capacity and performance in linear fashion.

We get better performance with a better cost efficiency.

Room for Improvement:

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

Deployment Issues:

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues:

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.

Scalability Issues:

There are no issues because it is linear.

Previous Solutions:

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.

Initial Setup:

It was straightforward.

Implementation Team:

We implemented in-house.

Other Solutions Considered:

  • NetApp
  • Nutanix

Other Advice:

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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