VMware vSAN Review

As a hyperconverged solution, it simplifies what equipment we have to buy


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is production data and the performance has been great.

What is most valuable?

  • Cost
  • Being hyperconverged, it simplifies what equipment we have to buy

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see better integration with the Update Manager, in terms of firmware updates for hardware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been pretty stable for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable. I like that. Adding a node is easy. Adding a disk group is easy.

How is customer service and technical support?

Tech support has been very knowledgeable for the issues that we've had. They have been able to troubleshoot or determine exactly what is going on and then resolve it in a timely manner.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were end-of-life on our previous storage and looking at replacements. It made sense to look at something that was going to integrate both the servers and the storage.

The most important criteria, for me, when selecting a vendor are

  • reputation
  • ease of use
  • value.

We went with vSAN because of cost and ultimate value. Ease of use and the cost, compared to some of the alternatives, were pretty compelling. I also liked that we could choose whatever hardware we wanted, rather than having to use one particular vendor.

How was the initial setup?

The setup had some complexity, and some of that was figuring out newer releases. Networking, originally, was kind of a pain, with having to have everything talk Multicast. They've gone to Unicast which simplifies things.

What was our ROI?

It has simplified things for us. It was one purchase for servers and storage so that made it easier on us. It's been a good product, it's something that we'll continue to use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For our shortlist, we looked at SimpliVity, some Dell EMC solutions, and Nutanix. 

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you do a proof of concept. And look at your options for hardware if you're looking at vSAN, compared to some competitors where you have just one option.

I would rate the solution at eight out of ten. To get to a ten they would have to drop the cost. That would get a point right there. Then, going forward, I'd like to see better integration with Update Manager. Some of the manual processes that you still have to do, being able to automate those, have it do them on its own, would be great.

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