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Architect999w
Real User
Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 28 2016

What is most valuable?

I think performance and cost are the most valuable features of VMware Virtual SAN. We're stringing up an entire virtualization environment for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm from the cloud virtualization side of things, so consolidating the data allowed us to set up the VSAN instead of a traditional SAN, and... more»

What needs improvement?

I know it's coming, but I'm really excited for the encryption. I know it's on the all-flash, which is fine, because we're migrating to that... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We've been using traditional SAN for a long time. Our engineers had to do test with an initial project to do some developer builds, and they... more»

What other advice do I have??

When selecting a vendor like VMware, a lot of the decision comes down to functionality. Functionality, performance, and cost, those are the... more»
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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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 = 1, the required number of nodes is three. VMware recommends in best... more»
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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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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»
Software2b0d
Consultant
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The reduction in cost of storage: In my most recent deployment, we reduced cost from around $20,000 per TB product –... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Management of the environments is overall simpler, allowing for during-hours patching with no downtime and little risk;... more»

What needs improvement?

The worst part of vSAN, as with most VMware products, is that you need to use the vSphere Web Client to interact with... more»

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

VMware licensing is per socket for VSAN, like everything else. The platform is very flexible, so be sure to look at all... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

In my current project, the customer previously used EMC VMAX arrays. As detailed elsewhere, the CapEx savings were... more»

What other advice do I have??

Discuss the deployment with VMware sales; I've met several of them and they are generally smart people looking to help... 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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