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Yves Sandfort
Real User
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
Aug 12 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 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»

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, 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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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 working in Workspace ONE. We want to make sure that our… 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 announcements: the news about microsegmentation, the RDS in the… 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 operations deployment: Bringing in the equipment… 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 eventually, to go with vSAN. That was one of the… 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 already there. I would actually rate vSAN one below… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We just wrapped up proofs of concept for both hardware and software. We did vSAN, we did Nutanix, and we did Simplivity. We looked at HPE hardware and we looked at Dell EMC hardware, among others. We… 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 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.

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 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»

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 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»
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. But we did not have a product before this one. This is a… 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 we have bought something and then it has gone end-of-life… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were using Dell and then we had a Dell EMC box, a hybrid. But it was a lot more money and it seemed we would always be a version behind. But with this one, the vSAN that we chose, we can upgrade it as needed. We can always be at the… more»
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»
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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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