VMware vSAN Previous Solutions

Yves Sandfort
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
Legacy 3-tier storage architecture with a multi-tier disk approach. View full review »
Vijayakumar Arumuga Nadar
R&D Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We had out-of-the-box solutions. When vSAN came in, all the local storage became attached. The solution has improved a lot considering the local storage for vSAN configuration. View full review »
CTO300f
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We were using Compellent. I was okay with it, but it wasn't performing as well as I would've liked and, certainly, the expense and scaling the thing was just too expensive. The other issue was that the natural redundancy you can build with vSAN, you can't really build that with Compellent, unless you have at least two of them. With two you can replicate between them, but, again, they are expensive systems. When selecting a vendor, what's important to me is a partnership. That sums it up. To me, a vendor has to go in with us for the long haul. We can help the vendor and the vendor can help us. We can help each other out. To me, a partnership is key. View full review »
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Deron Roberts
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We knew from doing the DR project and from having some issues with our production vSphere that we needed some type of solution to help us out, to keep it off the production network. But we did not have a product before this one. This is a new product for us. For us, the most important criteria when selecting a new vendor are * ease of use, because we have an operations group that we need to worry about * cost is always up there * the future of it - making sure it has a future because we hate to get something and then, after a year or so, it goes out-of-support and no one is using it anymore and there are no upgrades. View full review »
Michael Cayouette
Team Lead System Integration at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Up until about a year-and-a-half ago, we were using physical SANs. Space is a problem in our environments that we deploy, so we knew we had to get rid of the physical SAN and go toward the more virtual environment. The number of nodes we deploy, we need them. By integrating the vSAN, we're able to get the space requirements we need. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
We had no hyperconverged solution beforehand. We knew that we needed to do some testing with them. It started off as a compatibility (test) and just kept ballooning from there until we went and implemented it. When choosing a vendor, our most important criteria are reputation and stability. You can't go into something without understanding just how good it is, and if you roll the dice, sometimes you get burned. We're a risk-averse company. View full review »
Philip Sellers
Solutions Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The decision to switch away from standard array to vSAN was a fairly simple one for us. We had been decreasing the amount of operations that we do inside of our branch sites. For the sites which remain, vSAN is a good fit versus the legacy Dell EMC VNX arrays that we had been deploying. We are finding that vSAN is a lot more scalable and adaptable, because we can go in with hybrid arrays for our lower-end storage needs or with all-flash versions of vSAN for places where we need more performance, and it's coming in at a lower cost point than an actual traditional array. View full review »
Ifrastrudd3b
Infrastructure Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The company has been around for quite a while, so we go back to some of the earliest days of spinning disks and a local, small data center at the corporate office, to the point now where we've grown to have our own data center and racks upon racks upon racks of storage. View full review »
Aaron Reiss
Infrastructure Engineer at Boys Town
We were having some problems with another software-defined storage vendor so we switched to vSAN. We had problems with the previous vendor's support. While I have never talked to VMware vSAN support, I've talked to GSS, but I've never had issues with GSS, other than their not calling you back right away. For me, the most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * ease of use * single pane of glass - that is huge for me * enterprise class, obviously * availability. View full review »
Jonathan Bartelson
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There was a lot of Hyper-V deployed out in this environment, and things of that nature. Hardware was coming to a service-contract end, so the next step for us was to get rid of a lot of one-on-one virtualization that was happening with the Hyper-V environment and start consolidating and bringing it down into something that was a little bit more manageable. View full review »
Marcello Collao
Manager Innovation Cross Developer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We previously used traditional storage solutions such as HPE, Dell Compellent, Hitachi, and others. We did not use a software storage solution before vSAN. View full review »
Andrew Harrison
Cloud Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were on old hardware and we needed to move to a new solution. View full review »
Matheus Belin
CIO at DATAPREV
In Brazil, our strategy is that we need to move to the cloud. But there are federal rules and, connected to the government's strategy, there are some questions with many of the solutions. All governments have a problem moving to AWS, to Google, or to Microsoft. Dataprev's strategy, in the employment of the federal government, is to apply the new features while staying within the principles set by the federal government. All governments have a big problem with many data centers, a lot of code, with auditors, etc. I can't go into our strategy in depth here. The government decided to move to the cloud but there are many problems with regulations, with agencies' sensitive information. VMware provides primary and strategic development features, in working with us in the federal government. When looking at vendors the most important criterion for us is trust. We need to be able to trust the vendor, the solution, the whole technical development team, because the technical account manager and other teams work with my team inside my data centers. View full review »
Adam Seifert
VDI Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We chose it because of cost considerations. We already had an enterprise agreement with VMware, so vSAN licensing was included. View full review »
Chris Gould
Security Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Director6588
Director Of IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We were using traditional converged infrastructure with storage, network, and compute tiers. We had a mandate from a U.S. government entity that required physical separation of a lot of our infrastructure. Thus, we had we had an urgent need to duplicate everything we had. So it was a technology refresh. There were a handful of important criteria when selecting a vendor: * ease of use * scalability * price. View full review »
Russ Timberman
Senior Network Engineer at Reliance Standard Life Insurance
We use in-place storage systems, but I wanted to be able to spin something up quickly, for the development side, for our clusters. Since it's not a permanent thing, it's much easier to go in and re-do it without having to re-blow-out a whole storage system. It works well. When selecting a vendor, what's important for me are support and value. The support is especially important. When I have a problem I need solutions. And return on investment is very big for me. I want to make sure that when we buy something, it's going to return the investment very quickly. View full review »
StdcSupe3d9e
Supervisor at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We knew we needed a new solution. The other one was too complex and too costly and was never really maintained properly. Too many teams had too many hands in it. With the new ACI solution with the Vx Rack, and SDDC, everything is a lot more easily managed. The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is reputation. View full review »
systemen519357
System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
No, software solutions from VMware based on VMware platforms no migrations. View full review »
Jason Montogomery
Engineer at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
For HCI, we didn't have anything else in place. For servers, this was our introduction to HCI. We have other products for VDI, but not for server workloads. View full review »
Supervis55e8
Supervisor at RSM US LLP
What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing. When selecting a vSAN vendor, the most important criteria were * stability * dependability * ease of use * experience. I've been using VMware for many years, and I'm still using it. That's a testament to how well it works. View full review »
CTOc0bc
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Our previous solution was SAN-based. I wanted to bring in something new and not only stay with the market, where it's going with the trends, but also to bring in something that is stable enough for production. View full review »
Andrew Watson
Systems Engineer at Colorado college
We wanted to give more redundant access to the users' desktops than they previously had. Before, we were on a single SAN which was causing us issues if we had either an issue with the SAN or an issue with our environment when the SAN would go down. By using vSAN, it would allow us to spread our data across multiple data centers on our campus and be more fault tolerant. View full review »
Solution1914
Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are primarily NetApp. The decision to invest in a new solution was a C-level-down recommendation. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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