VMware vSAN Benefits

Yves Sandfort
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
The way vSAN improved our organization was we could deploy scenarios or workloads more easily because, from a vSAN perspective, we don't need to reconfigure underlying storage or anything else. We can actually adjust for each individual machines and individual workload characteristics. We don't have to deal with different type of disk shelves, rate groups, etc. We can directly take that off. View full review »
Paul Letta
Systems Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
It's improved the organization overall primarily because the storage is local on the boxes. Before we were with vSAN, we were with another iSCSI product which was a clustered product that went across the network. We had multiple instances where we would have either a network hiccup (caused by us) or a network hiccup (caused by the device). This took a whole bunch of VMs down with a lot of repercussions. It took a long time to recover. By eliminating dependency on that back-end storage, we now depend on everything that's in the VMkernel with vSAN. So, we eliminate the middleman. View full review »
Manager, Technical Systems at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The opportunity gained with the relationship we have now is limitless, as new features and products roll out, especially with today's announcements: the news about microsegmentation, the RDS in the cloud with AWS, as well as some security features. It's a constant evolution for us. That's really why we're with vSAN. View full review »
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Jose Fuentes
Infrastructure Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
We have vSAN, and have built-in storage capabilities. We have many hosts, and we use the host through our providers with vSAN, with the storage. This improves everything because it is all internally between the servers. We use an NSX protocol. And what NSX does, it uses an internal network between hosts, so there is no use of an external switch. We create an internal connection between the host and the VMware product. So traffic is all internal and you can create all the firewalls and switches, everything. It becomes virtual. But, it is sometimes complicated when you try to deploy new systems or when you have to scale a system very quickly. View full review »
Vijayakumar Arumuga Nadar
R&D Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We provide and manufacture our own local storage. With our own storage, we can path that with the host. So, it's beneficial for us to have a local storage attached to a host which vSAN is awesome for that. View full review »
Michael Cayouette
Team Lead System Integration at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Reduced complexity. We don't have to worry about the physical SAN anymore. That makes it easier. The learning curve as well, when people learn vSAN, they find it very easy to manage compared to a physical SAN. View full review »
Joseph Lepek
IT Manager at VelocityEHS
vSAN improved our organization by taking a whole bunch of servers that we had that were depreciated and letting us remove all of those workloads and put them on one, centralized solution, and have great storage in the back end. It's really helped us consolidate a lot of workloads that were in different silos, and now we're back to managing everything from one place. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
vSAN has improved our organization by allowing us to perform faster workflows, get better overall performance, and create some really new solutions. View full review »
Infrastructure Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
vSAN has improved the organization just based on the overall speed. It's a lot faster than what we what we've used in the past. The old-school storage systems were kind of slow and cumbersome. This is much faster. It's much more reliable. View full review »
Jonathan Bartelson
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It gave us the ability to get the storage-processing and CPU power that we needed in remote areas. It's something like "the big bullet in a small gun", where it actually works and does what it needs to do. It's very useful for what we need it to do. View full review »
Barbara MacKenzie
Head, IS Operations & Infrastructure at Sydney Adventist Hospital
When we went to vSAN, at that point in time, we doubled the density of our desktops per host and, for the first time ever, I could demonstrate a significantly lower TCO for a VDI desktop versus a rich or fat client. View full review »
Ed Hammond
VP of Systems Operations at Cogolabs Inc.
vSAN has improved our organization by giving us yet another high-speed data store. Previously, we were using VNX that had some Nearline-SAS drives with some SSD caching on it. But the all-flash vSAN is obviously much, much faster. We also use a Pure Storage array that we just got in a few months ago. View full review »
Kenny Morales
Senior Server Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has improved our organization in a way of scaling it. View full review »
Adam Seifert
VDI Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's definitely cheaper to buy it piece by piece, instead of an entire shelf at a time. View full review »
Russ Timberman
Senior Network Engineer at Reliance Standard Life Insurance
The benefit is easier deployment of storage. We don't have to order a storage system, we can just use whatever we have on hand and roll it into our virtualization system. View full review »
Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's more scalable and faster than what we had, and it's easier to support. View full review »
Principal Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 infrastructure (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience. View full review »
Jason Montogomery
Engineer at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
It has helped break down the silos, and we have not needed a separate storage team since the introduction of vSAN. View full review »
Server Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Previously, we were going to use traditional systems, so when vSAN was launched it gave us a lot of value. The admins have been able to relax a bit, they don't have as many outages to deal with. View full review »
Senior Systems Administration at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has helped us reach a much higher satisfaction rate in our VDI deployments. With the VDI, we didn't really focus on an ROI, although we did see some ROI benefits. View full review »
Sys Admin II at a retailer
Being able to do maintenance on the fly is a real benefit: migrating off, updating, and then moving the guest back on to the nodes. View full review »
Product Operations at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Andrew Watson
Systems Engineer at Colorado college
It helped us survive power outages in one of our data centers, then continued to function without a hitch. View full review »
Sys Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's cost-effective. View full review »
IT Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's supposed to provide low-cost for storage arrays to do VDI. We're on the fence with it. We're still looking at other solutions. We're not sold on it. It has provided some value when it's working. Instead of hitting our production SAN array, it has its own array, storage-wise. It keeps workload off production. View full review »
Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a little too early to tell what the benefits are. We've only implemented it over the past three to six months. View full review »
Todd Wright
Engineering Specialist at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
It has changed the way we design our infrastructure. We're looking at a new infrastructure. Also, it allows us to put our infrastructure in remote locations and still get the same performance we get from our onsite SAN solutions. View full review »
User at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is not yet deployed, we are just starting to explore how vSAN can benefit us. it seems very expensive to obtain a vSAN license. View full review »
Patrick Lamarche
The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage. We had a near meltdown with 5.5, upgrading firmware and vSphere versions is a hassle. View full review »
Integration & IT at a energy/utilities company with 11-50 employees
The management of servers was easy from a central standpoint. The server rooms were less cluttered as servers were virtual and easy to manage. View full review »
Ben Marquis
Co-Founder/CEO at StorSolv
VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending. View full review »
It consolidated our workload and brought the cost down over a long. View full review »
Senior System Engineer at VAKIFBANK
It helped to reduce storage costs. View full review »
Manager at IRSANE TECH
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