VMware vSAN Review

Even as we anticipate an increase in the number of users, it's allowed us to simplify our infrastructure, although it currently has no data deduplication feature.


What is most valuable?

  • Performance
  • High Availability

How has it helped my organization?

It's relatively low-cost for a high-performance solution. By using VSAN, we've been able to simplify our infrastructure considerably.

What needs improvement?

VSAN currently has no data deduplication, and having such a feature would both be an improvement and provide a feature that Nutanix has.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

N/A

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good.

Having now deployed it, it's actually difficult to have any downtime or to even lose data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Considering I've only done one VSAN cluster, I'd say that the scalability is good. We haven't yet tried to add more clusters.

Our company currently has 20,000 users and we expect further growth, so we'll likely have to scale down the road. That said, I don't anticipate really any issues with scalability at that point.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

N/A

Technical Support:

Tech support is very good as they're responsive.

We have the Technical Account Manager service, which is very helpful.

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

N/A

How was the initial setup?

Setup was not complex at all, was very straightforward, and was easily implemented by everyone on the team.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it with out in-house team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We chose VSAN based on a POC. We looked at Nutanix, but VSAN was more robust for our needs and less expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We normally use Gartner as a source, as well as some testing and a POC. The POC was the most important criteria, so my advice would be to do that before committing the resources.

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