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"The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage.""The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."

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"Storage is expandable with no extra cost.""The solution is easy to use.""The solution is quite stable.""VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products.""It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient.""High availability is a valuable aspect of this solution.""It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure.""Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware."

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"It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step.""The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers.""Integration with other vendors is not available."

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"It would be ideal if the solution offered some intelligent monitoring.""The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution.""The UI falls short compared to other solutions. It needs some development to make it more user-friendly.""Customers who are using Essentials Plus or even Essentials have to pay for technical support. However, they should not have to pay for support.""We would like to see additional backup and recovery options added. In particular, integration with popular applications like databases.""One area that could be improved is the management feature.""Troubleshooting tools could be improved.""The pricing could be better when it comes to renewing the licenses."

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  • "The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."
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  • "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."
  • "It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components."
  • "The price is expensive."
  • "It is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features."
  • "The price of vSAN could be lower."
  • "It is too expensive."
  • "It is expensive, but you get what you pay for."
  • "The price is okay."
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    Overview
    IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.

    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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    Financial Services Firm71%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company14%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Retailer10%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business13%
    Large Enterprise88%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Large Enterprise67%
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    IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 14th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 64 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Good performance and facilitates multi-platform file sharing, but the licensing is complicated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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