What is most valuable?
If we are looking for a valuable prospective, then we can go with the All-Flash vSAN cluster which will provide data compression and deduplication (i.e. actual used storage 30TB; in that case deduplication will be stored in 10TB and save 20TB storage).
How has it helped my organization?
Firstly, I want to offer an example in terms of the deployment process and manageability of the vSAN storage environment. vSphere admins can handle all infra tasks and, due to policy based storage, we can manage the I/O performance as well.
What needs improvement?
vSAN health monitoring has room for improvement because they have many known and unknown bugs which may be resolved in a future release version.
For how long have I used the solution?
We are using it for the last two and a half years, and started working with vSAN 5.5 and drives file system 1 and in the last six months it has been upgraded to vSAN version 6.2 and drive file system 3.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Yes, in some of cases after I have built a big vSAN cluster of 64 nodes, all hosts start showing different network partition groups. In that case, without correction, you can’t go further on next level.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
In scalability I didn’t face any issues.
How is customer service and technical support?
I can give them an 8 out of ten because it is a game-changing technology so we need to add more vSAN engineers to our team.
Which solutions did we use previously?
In my past experience, I didn’t use policy based storage; I always worked with standard storage.
How was the initial setup?
Initial setup is straightforward but somehow we need to understand the high level topology and way of working with it.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
In terms of pricing and licensing, we need to understand the requirements of the project and the cost model as well, because that has a very important effect on our project delivery.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Nutanix and VxRail because these also serve the same function.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Jun 30 2017