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Yves Sandfort
Real User
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
Mar 11 2019

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… 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… 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… more»

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

Setup cost, pricing and licensing should be a secondary factor. We talk about primary system storage, which if not… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Legacy 3-tier storage architecture with a multi-tier disk approach.

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… more»
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 product… 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, even… 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»
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Anonymous User
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 heading… 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 example… 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 way… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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»
Jose Fuentes
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 21 2018

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the vSAN product uses vSphere to monitor the system. It is sometimes difficult to manage the PCs within the system. VMware is currently working towards moving things to the… more»

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

The only problem I see with VMware is the price tag. This may start causing problems because there are other solutions out there, like AWS, that are open source and free. So, there is… more»

What other advice do I have?

To me, VMware is a leader of virtualization. I think everyone just follows VMware. The reason why we use VMware is because all of the areas that VMware can provide. They fill a need… more»
Vijayakumar Arumuga Nadar
Real User
R&D Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

With vSAN coming in, we have stability within the cluster of resources which has been grouped together in a local storage… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We provide and manufacture our own local storage. With our own storage, we can path that with the host. So, it's… more»

What needs improvement?

We are finding vSAN is going down the right path, but vSAN has specific profiles which supports vSAN disk. However, our… more»

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

With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive. VMware is doing well with the local storage piling up in cluster… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had out-of-the-box solutions. When vSAN came in, all the local storage became attached. The solution has improved a lot… more»

What other advice do I have?

We give it nine out of ten. They are going down the right path. When they started, we saw a lot of improvements with a lot… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 04 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the fact that I've got some degree of redundancy built in and, of course, the performance is great.

What needs improvement?

It would be much improved if we could somehow integrate a better backup with it. Right now, we're using Veeam and it's okay, but I would like more of a VDP vSAN solution. That would… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

The hybrid storage strategy is not the best thing you can do; for example, when you're mixing standard drives and flash drives, SSDs. Do all SSDs if you can afford it. I give vSAN an… more»
Deron Roberts
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are being able to keep it off by itself and the ease of use.

What needs improvement?

We have been talking to VMware about things we'd like to see and I think they have done them in their 6.6 release. I don't think we need any more enhancements at this time.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you use a solution that is supported. There are a lot of companies out there that are new and sometimes they don't have a life. We have been in that situation before where… 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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