What is our primary use case?
We have a lab setup using VMware vSAN which is on Nutanix. We are using the vSAN for testing purposes and attempting to answer some questions. For example, how will the application be supported, how will the exit configuration be, and what would happen in terms of failures.
What is most valuable?
One of the valuable features of vSAN is it has a universal type of technology that allows you to deploy it on any server or hardware. Competitors, such as Nutanix, provides the AOS and can be deployed only on certified hardware. For vSAN, it does not require any kind of certified hardware.
Additionally, the dashboards and user interface provide a lot of details.
What needs improvement?
In a future release, they could add micro-segmentation or security level features integrated into vSAN.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using this solution within the last 12 months.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We have never had any kind of hardware issues or problems. The solution is stable.
How are customer service and technical support?
The technical was responsive and was helpful. There is a lot of documentation online if we need assistance.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was complex.
What about the implementation team?
We had assistance doing the implementation from the vSAN engineers.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
This solution is expensive.
Nutanix provides us with Acropolis Operating System (AOS) along with its hardware, while VMware provides vSAN, vCenter, and vSphere which all have separate licenses and costs.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We have evaluated Nuranix and HPE.
What other advice do I have?
If you have storage, separate servers, or any kind of traditional architecture you can convert it to FCI with vSAN. It is a very simple and easy-to-use solution.
I rate VMware vSAN an eight out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?