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Yves Sandfort
Real User
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

vSAN gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources. We have an overall larger host infrastructure, and we split that up for specific customer test and use cases. In... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

Stability can be improved. 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. The stability, not from a... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the solution somewhere around an eight out of ten. It is in the perfect place. There is room for improvement, but with the current versions, we are in a good stage.
Harri Waltari
Real User
ICT Network Administrator at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important feature for us is the converged infrastructure, which is all this tool is about. There is no need to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provisioning virtual machines has been simplified, as there is no provisioning/management of the separate storage layer... more»

What needs improvement?

The management client, i.e., the Flash-based client, is just not up to the mark. I’m really waiting for the HTML5... more»

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

As VMware products are licensed per number of sockets, you need to think this fully through. However, don’t go cheap on... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not have any comparable solution previously. We did previously use traditional SAN / NAS environments from where... more»

What other advice do I have?

Study the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) carefully with your server hardware provider and make sure all the... more»
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Paul Letta
Real User
Systems Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

We like that it is a hyperconverged solution. Everything is in a box. You got the compute, memory, and storage. So, we can scale out by adding nodes as we go and eliminate the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

I see room for improvement with vSAN in particularly in the reporting realm. Now, with vSAN 6.7, they're starting to include vRealize Operations components in the vSphere Client,... more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is at least an eight to eight and a half out of ten. Because the feature growth that I've seen them put into the product since we've been with them since 5.5, they are... more»
Solutiona357
Real User
Solutions Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

If you really want to squeeze all of the value out of this solution, it should deployed in an all-flash configuration.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

vSAN is a very cost-effective solution for just about any data center. It is very easy to deploy, scale and manage. The... more»

What needs improvement?

Snapshot management is something that continues to improve with each release of vSAN. Earlier versions experienced... more»

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

Review all of the options available with each vSAN version (Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, ROBO) and look at the... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I did not previously use a different solution but there are various solutions out there in the hyper-converged market... more»

What other advice do I have?

Invest the time and resources to properly design and size vSAN early on, long before hardware is purchased. It is very... more»
ManagerT5097
Real User
Manager, Technical Systems at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us, long-term, is the integration with VMware that we're going to be using. We're currently using AirWatch, we're... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The opportunity gained with the relationship we have now is limitless, as new features and products roll out, especially with today's... more»

What needs improvement?

If you want to get down to the nuts and bolts of room for improvement, we would really like them to look at what Nutanix did for day-one/day-two... more»

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

We purchased a VMware Enterprise agreement so vSAN was already included with what we had. It was just a smart choice, given where we were... more»

What other advice do I have?

You'd want to give it a 10 out of 10 based on what they're doing in the future, but if you always give a company a 10 they'll feel like they're... more»
Michel Isaia
Real User
Virtualization System Administrator. at a integrator with 51-200 employees
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important functionality is the ability to extend cluster storage and cluster computing power securely without... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is precisely the possibility of being able to extend the capacities of the cluster of storage and calculation by the... more»

What needs improvement?

This product is usable in many cases. It can be used for a wide range of applications. It is also possible, for... more»

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

Basically, vSAN is a license in addition to that of the classic VMware Vsphere, which is also mandatory. The easiest... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

No, I didn’t use other solutions previously, because converged solutions are new technologies and I knew VMware... more»

What other advice do I have?

Test the product before implementation to see if it fits your needs. Above all, be careful with technical prerequisites... more»
Jens Herremans
Consultant
Virtualization Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The storage policies allow the administrator to define which VMs have specific storage requirements. For example: Our critical VMs have an... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of managing and configuring vSAN. This means that all our VMware administrators are now able to do the daily maintenance and... more»

What needs improvement?

* The daily maintenance can be high, especially due to the lack of documentation and reporting in vCenter, and only on the vSAN health page. *... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our previous hyper-converged system broke down due to a power failure. A new system was needed. vSAN was the logical choice, as we are a VMware... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend vSAN to others. The old, cumbersome, and traditional storage environments are done and belong to the past.... more»
AnthonyMintoff
Real User
Head of Virtualization & Systems and Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Feb 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Currently, we are on version 6.2. Having all flash, I would say that the most valuable feature for us is deduplication,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We face the same challenges most organisations do; probably the most common one being that of keeping up with growth... more»

What needs improvement?

I think that the product is evolving in the right direction, most of the improvements and suggestions we had in mind... more»

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

In some of our environments, introducing vSAN helped reduce our datacentre hosting costs. In one case, we were able to... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

In most of our environments, we still have "traditional" storage, some of which is becoming end of life and will be... more»

What other advice do I have?

I think vSAN together with other alternatives is the future. Actually, it has already been here with us for a while;... more»
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What is VMware vSAN?

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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