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"Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure.""The solution is very scalable.""The most valuable feature, currently, is the density of the system as hardware. I'm able to leverage the density of the product and remove bigger hardware which requires more space, cooling, and power costs, obviously. There are cost savings, obviously.""It is easy to administrate the solution, and the company handles its technical support well.""It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute.""HCI definitely improved how flexible we scale, and our entrance into the cloud. The features are very rich, in terms of both avenues. It's helped us flexibly move and shift our workloads around, back and forth.""The most valuable feature is the software design storage that really provided a faster, agile, easier to scale up and out storage path.""The multi-vertical aspect is what is most valuable for us. The main reason we wanted a multi protocol was because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data as we could get from Linux and Windows lengths. That was our value proposition for this solution."

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"We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.""When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodes""It is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more.""VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending.""The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.""As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.""The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.""To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware."

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"The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.""The networking needs improvement.""My biggest pain point is the installation part. I would like to see the appliance itself remove the entire switch that goes behind it and figure out how to do all the cluster interconnects within the box itself.""The product needs better support for installing the operating system on the machine.""It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.""The fact that it doesn't have all the data points we need and all the historical data that I would like. I find that a lot of the performance analysis is done through support, where they have something that we don't have. It would be nice just to have all that on-prem.""The problem is that it needs to be much more stable, for example, when I want to do the upgrade to 1.7 that just released, I also need to issue a ticket to the support guy in India and he asked me to deploy another mlock. There are a lot of manual steps compared with other products.""There's a limitation with a block in the file. That's where I see that it's not very efficient for upgrades and for management."

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"When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there.""Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.""Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.""This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.""This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.""I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.""I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.""It is an expensive solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.""You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.""All the licenses are included when you buy the program.""There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor systems.""This solution saved our organization time (35 percent) and money. We have a hefty group of developers, and if you multiply that by 30 to 35 percent, that is quite a bit of money.""Where we lost nearly 75 percent of our infrastructure due to a malicious attack and were able to recover two and a half hours into it due to the integration, it saved us and all of our customers. Because we were able to recover so fast from the attack, the solution paid for itself right there."

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"ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.""I'd love for this product to be cheaper.""The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.""With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.""The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.""The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.""We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The biggest difference is the ability to scale compute and storage independently. NetApp can scale up the storage without the need for extra CPU (and hence VMware licenses for ESX). Nutanix does have… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature, currently, is the density of the system as hardware. I'm able to leverage the density of the product and remove bigger hardware which requires more space, cooling, and power… more »
Top Answer: Setup costs in terms of resources (man-hours) is dramatically reduced via the NDE effort from NetApp; yet our organization still has to modify multiple parameters after the NDE is complete. Thus… more »
Top Answer: Quite simply, VxRail is a vSAN appliance. It's a Dell based server node fully integrated with a pre-loaded VMware vSphere and vSAN software stack. Since it's integrated, the hardware is optimized to… more »
Top Answer: If you are locked in on VMware vSan, VMware makes more sense. If you have an open mind about open source systems, Nutanix might make more financial sense. since you could utilize the Acropolis… more »
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Overview

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp HCI vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 32 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 8.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis, VxRail, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our NetApp HCI vs. VMware vSAN report.

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