VMware vSAN Review

With the snapshot feature, we are able to keep our system in a specific status. A "unified system" that can support block + file + object, would help users face hybrid cloud environments.


What is most valuable?

Snapshot: You know, that is amazing.

In our routine work, there is repeatable testing and validation. With the snapshot feature, we are able to keep our system in a specific status, including application parameters and network settings.

That has totally reduced our valuable time.

How has it helped my organization?

Currently, the work style of our organization has changed; when we get new projects, we can rapidly handle them.

What needs improvement?

If vSAN developed a "unified system" (that can support block + file + object), it would help users a lot in facing hybrid cloud environments.

I would prefer to use a complete and deep dashboard so I can give a supervisor a way to easily monitor the status of all drives and pool tiers. I think that would be a powerful feature for the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is great; however, you have to notify your counterparts if the system breaks down. :-D

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Many popular SDS products can support up to 1000 nodes. This is an area where I hope vSAN is improved.

How are customer service and technical support?

Hmmm, the level of technical support depends on the engineer who supports you when you contact the call center.

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

Traditional storage is scale-up type, which means there are a lot of supplier limitations and it costs too much.

Why not break though this situation? Now, flash is getting cheaper and bigger. With the changes mentioned, I think it will just stimulate SDS.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was very simple for me. It is easy to set up if you get used to using vCenter.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

SDS is going to be popular and common. If vSAN wants to remain #1 in the market, offering more discounts or something to attract customers is inevitable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Currently, our environment is running VMware; therefore, we can consider using original distributed storage that connects directly to the kernel. That would reduce latency and data transfer loss.

What other advice do I have?

It is easy to use and rapidly build up.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

6.2
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are an OEM partner.
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