VMware vSAN Review

It's fast, software designed storage that costs less than an all-flash array. We're expecting some improvements, but at the moment you have to store every object on multiple disks to protect it.

Valuable Features

It's fast – it’s really blazing fast.

Improvements to My Organization

It saves us the expense of an all-flash array. All-flash would work for us, but VSAN is cheaper. I think that this solution is really new, but it has real benefits over all-flash arrays.

Room for Improvement

We are seeing some improvements coming up, but at the moment you have to store every object on multiple disks to protect it, and they should be better distributed over disks to help parity.

Stability Issues

It's very stable – we have had no failures.

Scalability Issues

It’s really scalable in terms of both capacity and performance, at least for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

We haven’t had to use it – the product is really stable.

Previous Solutions

We were using a traditional storage array from Dell and we will see more VSAN usage in the future.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was a little bit complicated because we have to do everything from scratch. It’s a new world, and much easier in the newer releases.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked at other vendors – classic storage vendors – but we thought this direction was faster as things are moving towards a software designed storage.

Other Advice

I think you should try it – its really stable and valuable and help to drill your costs down.

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