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.

What is most valuable?

It's fast – it’s really blazing fast.

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are customer service and technical support?

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

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

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

How was the 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

What other advice do I have?

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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