2018-10-04T17:13:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for VMware vSAN?


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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

It is expensive. It should be cheaper. It has a perpetual license as well as a subscription-based license, but they are moving towards subscription-based licenses.

2021-03-29T17:10:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We have a deal with them so we don't pay for individual licenses, it's a complete solution with an overall license.

2021-02-23T18:42:19Z
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Top 10Real User

The price is okay.

2021-02-20T08:18:30Z
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Top 20Real User

It is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

2021-02-17T16:42:43Z
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Top 10Reseller

The price of vSAN could be lower. The licensing fees are paid quarterly.

2021-02-04T10:55:20Z
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Top 10Real User

It is too expensive.

2021-02-03T07:30:47Z
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Top 10MSP

The license is perpetual and there is an additional payment for technical support which is an annual subscription fee. I think it could be cheaper, especially for smaller companies. It's okay for big deployments with a lot of servers and high level of input-output IOPS.

2021-01-24T15:30:29Z
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Top 10Real User

It is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features. They should have a reduced license fee for a certain amount of memory and nodes, or some kind of restriction like this, that would allow smaller businesses a reduced price. We have had a hard time to afford the solution. There are a lot of other companies that offer similar solutions and they are becoming more and more competitive with VMware at a fraction of the price. For example, Red Hat.

2021-01-11T19:12:12Z
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Top 20Real User

The price is quite expensive for us.

2020-11-06T13:29:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardMSP

The price is expensive. This solution is not an option for SBM customers because of the price. There are limitations because of nodes. There is a minimum purchase requirement of three or four nodes along with two processors, which also increases the price. The price will go from a small storage box to a higher storage box.

2020-11-02T06:13:22Z
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Top 10Consultant

I was not directly involved from a pricing perspective. I suppose it was competitive and that's why the company went ahead and with vSAN, therefore I assume the pricing is okay.

2020-10-27T17:26:48Z
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Top 10Real User

It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components.

2020-10-27T10:55:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

If they could reduce the cost, it would be better. Licensing costs are something that they could take care of. If you are a smaller and strong IT team, then VMware vSAN is a very good product. If you want to expand in the service provider space, then you will have to go for an open-source solution like OpenStack. We are now looking at OpenStack because we sell licensing costs. We are a service provider, so the IT component data is a substantial component in our overall costing. We feel that OpenStack might help us to cut down the licensing cost. Therefore, we are looking at SAS storage instead of vSAN. SAS is open source, but it is not wise to have open source without having the backend support. We are using RedHat SAS, and it is an open-source solution. You can also have a free version, but we are using it with support from RedHat so that we have somebody to back us up in case we have a problem. If you do normal business, then IT expense is 1% or 2% of the total turnover. The higher licensing costs sometimes don't make difference to the big companies who are not service providers and are using it only for their internal use. For them, the IT cost is 1% or 2%, but for an IT service provider, the IT costs will go up to 15% to 16% of the total cost of the operations. This is where the licensing costs become irrelevant. For example, the licensing cost of using VMware, VC, and vSAN is 8% of my monthly revenue. Every month, I pay about $35,000, and, with the revised plan, it will be something like $50,000 or revenue of $600K per month, which means almost 8% of the revenue is going into VMware licensing. In a very competitive world, 8% as a cost element is huge. So, if I can bring it down to 2%, I save 6% in revenue expenditure. In terms of profit, 6% of 30% is something like another 25% increase in my profit. My profit can be almost 25%. It would be 20% to 25% in case I am able to handle the licensing costs and bring them to a very low level. Because these IT costs are substantial for us, that is why we are going with OpenStack. OpenStack has a limitation that it requires more hardware. There will be some increase in the hardware cost, but overall, we will save 5% to 6% of our licensing cost by using OpenStack.

2020-10-21T04:34:00Z
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Real User

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 business impact.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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