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KashifNaseer
Reseller
Country Head SSID & GM South at a import and exporter with 51-200 employees
Jan 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The valuable feature of the product is that the customer doesn't have to buy a separate storage box and manage things separately. The single management panel is the main feature that is wonderful for… more»

What needs improvement?

I think VMware SDS is pretty good. It has all the ingredients that an SDS should have. I think it's the most competitive product in the market. The OEM solutions that are being offered based on the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost is based on the software price and licenses on sockets. A single socket costs you around US $6,000 with three years services. At a minimum, you have a three node cluster for a small or… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously tried a Chinese version that came in at a very cheap price but we didn't stick with them because they can't be trusted to provide good service and there was an issue with agreements… more»

What other advice do I have?

VMware is better for those who don't have much experience with such tools because the locally available resources are enough to handle the solution. I think the product requires an OEM approach… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes we tried Sangfor, Microsoft Storage Space Direct and Linux Software Defined Storage Solutions
RashidAnwar
Real User
Senior Project Engineer - Networks and Infrastructure at Tetra Pak
Feb 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The high visibility is a valuable feature. You can write a failure usually due to some hardware or technical issue.

What needs improvement?

The cost of the product is where an improvement could be made. It's generally very expensive and requires a lot of architecture that needs to be designed according to specific situations. If it could be designed with open architecture, it would increase the value of the product. I would like to see… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting. If it's very complex or quantitatively heavy with a large infrastructure, then you might need to add more licensing… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest to anyone considering purchasing the solution that it's important to validate your requirements first, whether you actually need it or not, before purchasing. In addition, the product can be better optimized. In the first instance, we paid more than we should have because we didn't… more»
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Real User
Data Center Technical Support Team Lead at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of this product is unifying all of our storage in one pool that can be located on different machines easily. It is actually enhancing flexibility and scalability in the way we store data.

What needs improvement?

Performance is probably the area where VMware needs the most improvement. ScaleIO is one of the competitors for VMware Software Defined Storage. In testing, the performance is one of the places where ScaleIO was better than VMware. VMware should work more on their performance to come up to the level… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is one of the more expensive products for this type of solution on the market. The VMware line, in general, is expensive products. The high cost is why some people are running away to use different, less expensive solutions even if that means having fewer features. For some companies, it is… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is user-friendly from an administrative standpoint and very easy to use. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this VMware product as a seven out of ten. It is a seven and not an eight or nine because of the points which should be improved in… more»

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What is VMware Software Defined Storage?

VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands—eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions.

Also known as
VMware SDS
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