VMware vSAN Review

Gives us greater uptimes, good scalability, and better manageability


What is our primary use case?

It's going to be employed for our VDI infrastructure and, potentially, we will move it into our VSI infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

Considering that we have many storage arrays, this seems to keep us a little bit more contained and it's easier to manage versus some of the legacy storage where we don't have manageability, or we're losing manageability for it.

We have greater uptimes, we're not down nearly as much, and we can identify and deal with solutions to problems that we're encountering in those environments.

What is most valuable?

  • Scalability
  • Cost

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more ease of use, more compatibility with different areas.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 

We have a couple of problems but we're working through them. In the deployments we have in our Dev environment, it's more about how the hardware is interacting. We have them on Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes and we're just working through some of the driver issues and some random rebooting that we're having to deal with. But we have support contracts. Everything seems to be doing fine.

How is customer service and technical support?

Our experience working with technical support has been good.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor for us are the stability of the product, as much uptime as we can get, and service contracts so that we can get people to react more quickly to cases that we open and get things escalated properly.

I rate vSAN at nine out of ten. What would help make it a ten would be if we didn't have so much inconsistency in the information around how to deploy it. That that would be a little bit better.

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