VMware vSAN Valuable Features

Yves Sandfort
CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH

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 cases. In that specific scenario, we can easily add more hosts or reduce the number of hosts in the environment. This is an advantage when we use vSAN.

We have pretty constant performance results, which is sometimes, on a normal three-tier storage architecture, harder for us to achieve because the customer doesn't want us to verify that the performance of a specific device works. What we typically have to test is that we have a constant scenario across different versions, platforms, and similar things. Here, vSAN gives us the advantage that we can actually work with it. 

We can also create test cases, which is maybe not something in other customer scenarios, but for us, it's important. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios. If someone says, "We need to run this later on on a relatively small or lower scale edge device," we can actually configure vSAN in a way that it reduces the amount of resources.

When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodes. Otherwise, we could have that noisy neighbor effect when we work with legacy output.

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CEO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful.

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Vishal Bhatia
Trainer/Consultant at Koenig Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

The policies the solution has been very good. We use them a lot.

The deduplication and compression are excellent. 

There are a couple of features which we are using right now that we really like.

It's the kind of solution that is very easy to use, which may be its most valuable aspect for our organization.

The initial setup is straightforward.

The solution overall is very easy to manage and configure.

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Yousaf Khan
Head of network and web at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees

We're largely happy with the solution overall. 

The performance has been good in general.

The initial setup is simple.

Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues.

The pricing is decent.

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IT Infrastructure Specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution's unified administration is its most valuable aspect.

Our customers like the HCI functionality, and tiering. My customers enjoy the portion of the solution that can improve the performance of virtual machines

There isn't too much learning involved when picking up the system.

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Md.Shahadat Hossain Shipon
Sr. Manager-Data Center and Virtualization at Omgea Exim Ltd

The most valuable features are secure IOPs and LAN security.

Also, we can provide VMware with IOPs assurity from the vSAN policy, vSAN cluster, which is an expensive solution from the storage.

It has the iSCSI feature.

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Founder at a construction company with 11-50 employees

It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure. 

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Principal Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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

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System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is stability.

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Abbasi Poonawala
Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

This solution has a dashboard that you can log into and control if you need too while the VM is getting created.

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Trainer in information and communication technologies at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

This solution has provided us with good performance, something we were looking for as well as integration with deployment tools. One of our main aims is to be able to deploy lab environments in an automated fashion and the product enables us to do that, providing more agility in regards to a virtual machine. We can respond to different needs, but every virtual machine will use the same storage.

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Michael Ogunlade
Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc

It's stable and scalable. 

Also, you can virtualize SAN so that you don't have to have a separate storage area network and can have your computer and storage on the same box or computer.

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AVP at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

Being able to deploy multiple applications with virtual servers is the most valuable for us. 

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Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The VCG notification feature is key for me. 

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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication, and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.

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Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the reliability of this product because we can lose more than one host, more than one disk, and everything still works okay. It's also good on performance and agility. You can change and add things without any issues. 

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Peter Betyounan
CTO & Co-Founder at Servers Australia

Stretched Cluster is one of the big features that we use across multiple data centers.

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Senior Manager IT Services at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It has a single pane of glass for management and operational control, which is the most valuable feature. The integrated storage is also valuable.

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Information Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I like the orchestration feature. The biggest problem with the hyper-convergence solutions is storage. This is because there's often a problem with the big size of the database. The other problem is how to use and balance VM in storage and CPU memory. When you use vSAN, you have a very good orchestration part. It's the main selling point of vSAN compared to other solutions.

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Sandeep Solanki
Assistant General Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have found many of the features to be valuable.

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Maurizio Del Bianco
IT Manager at PAFOM

The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use. The integration between different operating system is easy. It is reliable. 

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Vladyslav Slobodianyk
Director at Dnipro-Technocnter

The most valuable features are productivity and data storage.

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Systems Operations Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient. We get everything in a bundle.

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Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage.

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Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

The most important thing is the simplicity of the product. It is a well-established product with good stability.

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Business Development Manager at iVolve Technologies

Manage both of virtual machines (VM), containers and cloud ready solution

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Patrick Lamarche

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

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Samson Kitaw
Network Manager at Bank of Abyssinia

This is a fantastic product, it is easy to deploy and to manage, and it suits our requirements. 

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Ben Marquis
Co-Founder/CEO at StorSolv

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

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