VMware vSAN Reviews

VMware vSAN is the #2 ranked solution of our top Hyper-Converged (HCI) tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Nutanix Acropolis AOS - VMware vSAN vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS

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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.
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 »
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Real User
Infrastructure Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 12 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature that VSAN offers is reliability. In my mind, as long as their storage is up and running, we can always access what we need when we need it, that's what's important. It's super important to have reliability… more »

How has it helped my organization?

vSAN has improved the organization just based on the overall speed. It's a lot faster than what we what we've used in the past. The old-school storage systems were kind of slow and cumbersome. This is much faster. It's much more reliable.

What needs improvement?

Areas of improvement could be the UIs. I've seen them. I've worked with them a little bit. The UIs are kind of cumbersome. There could be an easier way than having the UUIDs associated to the LUNs. That could be simplified to make life a… more »

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

The company has been around for quite a while, so we go back to some of the earliest days of spinning disks and a local, small data center at the corporate office, to the point now where we've grown to have our own data center and racks… more »

What other advice do I have?

When we're choosing a vendor, there are two factors involved, and the lowest price isn't always the most important. We need a vendor who provides really good support and products that really meet our needs well. I'm going to rate it as a… more »
Pengineers0997
Real User
Principal Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I've been most pleased with is the import management functionality.

How has it helped my organization?

As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that anyone looking to deploy this solution do their due diligence and try out other competitive products first, like Nutanix. I've used Nutanix in the past. I found it to be a more agile tool compared to VMware. VMware has only just recently started offering this HCI solution. If I… more »
Real User
System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is stability.

What needs improvement?

Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it. This should be done automatically, not manually. If we have a power failure then you have to find your way manually. There 's no way to automatically fix it. So there… more »

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

No, software solutions from VMware based on VMware platforms no migrations.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 21 2019

What do you think of VMware vSAN?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for consolidation on the cloud.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels. 

What needs improvement?

I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a very stable and strong product that is easily deliverable to our users.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I know it can scale up or scale out but I have not had the need to do so.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Dell EMC before choosing this solution. 
Patrick Lamarche
Real User
User
Jun 07 2019

What do you think of VMware vSAN?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution exclusively for our VDI. We are running vSAN on six Cisco C240 M4 servers.

How has it helped my organization?

The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage. We had a near meltdown with 5.5, upgrading firmware and vSphere versions is a hassle.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is cheap storage.

What needs improvement?

This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.

For how long have I used the solution?

Five years.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support from VMware is phenomenal.
Ben Marquis
Reseller
Co-Founder/CEO at StorSolv
Dec 23 2019

What do you think of VMware vSAN?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is the consolidation of compute and storage for VDI and Virtual Servers. 

How has it helped my organization?

VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the reduced rack space, reduced power consumption, reduced cooling, and reduced support costs.

What needs improvement?

This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two years.
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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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