VMware vSAN Reviews

VMware vSAN is the #2 ranked solution of our top Hyper-Converged (HCI) tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Nutanix Acropolis - VMware vSAN vs Nutanix Acropolis

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Yves Sandfort
Real User
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
Jan 14 2020

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… 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… 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… 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 performing well or storing reliable can have massive… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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, but with the current versions, we are in a good… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes we evaluated different 3-tier approaches, 2-tier and HCI approaches.
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 back-end storage, whether that's a NAS or iSCSI device. You get… 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 that went across the network. We had multiple instances… 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 if you're not a vRealize Operations customer. So, that's… 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 innovating with each release. They're adding more features… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nutanix before we went with vSAN. For budgeting reasons, we weren't able to pursue Nutanix after a pilot.
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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 all internally between the servers. We use an NSX… 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 cloud network. This is a great new addition to the VMware… 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 no license fee. VMware is very good, but expensive, in… 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 for our platforms. There are other platforms now that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I compared VMware to Oracle. They're very good, but Oracle is expensive, so people buy it and then start using open-source. Oasis is another option because it's cheaper and it's a similar process. So that is the problem I think VMware is… 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. This is a wonderful feature in vSAN.

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 beneficial for us to have a local storage attached to a… 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 company has our own storage. So, we have different… 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 configuration. vSAN is doing great with it.

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

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… 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 of focus on the product, even in VM World. There… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a vSAN, we didn't find that competitive market. VMware is doing good with the local storage piling up with the cluster configuration. vSAN is doing great on that.
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 be excellent. The VDP, at least the last time we looked… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 issue was that the natural redundancy you can build with… 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 eight out of ten. It can stand some improvement, but it's… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

While vSAN performs pretty well, when we were doing all the performance tests, ScaleIO did pretty well. In fact, it did better than vSAN, but we liked vSAN better because it was more integrated with our VMware environment, obviously. We… more »
Michael Cayouette
Real User
Team Lead System Integration at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

Flexibility, growth, and expansion are probably the more important features for us. As our environment grows, the more users come on, the more VDI workstations that we need, we can easily expand… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

A bit more information on the upgrade path, upgrade availability, how to upgrade, that would be very useful.

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give is to properly analyze your host infrastructure. Make sure that your network cards are sufficient for the environment you're trying to deploy in, whether it be all-flash. There… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered EMC as well. We considered HPE LeftHand, which we had used in the past, so we were familiar with the virtualized SAN. We like the vSAN a lot.
Joseph Lepek
Real User
IT Manager at VelocityEHS
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The valuable features of vSAN are that * you can get it up and running quickly * you get redundancy built-in * it's pretty much the perfect solution for a cluster.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

The product can be improved in a couple of ways. One of those would be that they have a lot of hidden features, that are through the CLI, that would be great to have in the GUI, or just be more open about those features. It's something called RVC. It's a tool in the back end. It's a really great… more »

What other advice do I have?

If I had a colleague in the field, what I would tell him is that vSAN is great. I would do four nodes instead of three. Make sure that you're safe. Four or five will get you right where you need to be. You won't have any problems. That would be a tip I would give: Go for four nodes. vSAN is… more »
Eric Garrison
Real User
Customer Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Oct 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the ability to scale out the nodes independently, and the flexibility of the nodes. We can put almost any type of server in there with our connectivity and everything works great.

How has it helped my organization?

vSAN has improved our organization by allowing us to perform faster workflows, get better overall performance, and create some really new solutions.

What needs improvement?

The biggest room for improvement I see in vSAN is the lack of SAN connectivity. I've kind of joked around that there is no "SAN" in vSAN. And it's something that we've worked to try and introduce some options for, and we're going to… more »

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do your research, dig, find out what your particular needs are, what would the overall cost be to - sometimes it's a forklift, sometimes it's a migration. But look at all the factors, look at the requirements of vSAN, look at the… 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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