Senior Manager IT Services at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution with integrated storage and a single pane of glass for management and operational control
Pros and Cons
  • "It has a single pane of glass for management and operational control, which is the most valuable feature. The integrated storage is also valuable."
  • "Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64. In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces."

What is most valuable?

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

What needs improvement?

Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64.

In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces.

For how long have I used the solution?

My experience with it has been for about 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability. It is better than the non-hyper-converged one that we had previously.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability can be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is good. If you are a big enough user, you get enough support. 

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

This is the first one that we used.

How was the initial setup?

For us, it was fairly straightforward. You need to have knowledge of vCenter. The deployment took about two to three days in total.

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

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

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution, but you have to be careful about the license cost. It can get quite expensive.

I would rate VMware vSAN a nine out of ten.

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Director Of Services Nicaragua at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
High availability with a very user friendly implementation process
Pros and Cons
  • "High availability is a valuable aspect of this solution."
  • "Lacks an integrated backup solution."

What is our primary use case?

our primary use case is storage; hyper-converged solutions for our customers. We develop and design higher availability infrastructure for customers with the vSAN as its base. I'm a consultant and an architect for solutions with the software. My company is a partner with VMware.

What is most valuable?

High availability is a valuable aspect of this solution.

What needs improvement?

An integrated backup solution within the vSAN platform would improve the product. Competitors like SimpliVity, UCS, and Cisco Hyperconverged all have a backup feature in their hyper converged infrastructure, it's something that a lot of people use now.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is super stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable. However, we've seen some limits within the platform although I believe the latest version may have solved those problems. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple and straightforward. If the setup also involves hardware deployment, the process can take a day or so, but if it's just the vSAN deployment, it can be done in several minutes. I generally carry out the implementation. 

What other advice do I have?

It's important to use someone who is familiar with the solution to carry out the implementation. It's fairly straightforward but if you set it up incorrectly then you'll have issues with your underlying storage. It's worth having a professional service to manage things. 

I rate this solution 10 out of 10. 

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Solutions Coordinator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good support, straightforward to set up, and integrates well with other VMware products

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. Our clients are in different industries, including banking and finance, and utilities such as oil and gas.

I do not use this product personally. Rather, I sell it and my clients use it.

I generally sell vSAN on VxRail version 7.

What is most valuable?

The integration with other VMware products is good.

What needs improvement?

Improvements can be made with respect to scalability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with VMware vSAN for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution can be improved a little bit.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good. I would rate them a nine out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. People with existing knowledge in VMware technology will find it easy to set up because it's not a different platform than what they are used to.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing vSAN is that it's a good platform if you're working with VMware. My customers generally do not complain about vSAN. However, if they are interested in a Hyper-V or Nutanix environment then this is not a good solution.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Roberto_Boclin - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
A storage virtualization software with a useful orchestration feature
Pros and Cons
  • "I like the orchestration feature."
  • "Integration could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We provide it for the government, big banks, and companies in Brazil.

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

Integration could be better. It should be easier to integrate vSAN with the dashboard you have, with Google, and the others. Better integration is very important because the customers need to put the solution inside their company. It's the same dashboard for AWS, the same dashboard on GCP. It's good to see this inside a dashboard. It's very important.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware vSAN since 2015.

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

On a scale from one to ten, I would give VMware vSAN a nine.

What about the implementation team?

My company is a vSAN implementer.

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

The price is okay.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A good orchestration solution is SimpliVity. It's a very good choice because you don't have to dedicate much time. But vSAN is also very good. Dell's solution is very similar, but it's a complex tool.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Sandeep Solanki - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant General Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Feature-rich, good support, and a trouble-free setup
Pros and Cons
  • "Technical support is good."
  • "There is always a challenge with their firmware."

What is our primary use case?

We use this product for server virtualization.

What is most valuable?

We have found many of the features to be valuable.

What needs improvement?

There is always a challenge with their firmware. There is different hardware and they are always looking for different firmware that is compatible with vSAN. It is very difficult to find the compatibility matrix.

They need to do some kind of automation in terms of hardware, firmware, and compatibility with the vSAN. They need to do some sort of upgrade for the customer.

I would like to see the upgraded mechanism, and improvements on the hardware so that we can create a VPN.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware vSAN for more than two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. So far we have not had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product. As it is only used for server virtualization, we do not consider usage on a per-user basis.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. They know what we need. We log a case and they come to us with suggestions to fix the issues.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was manageable. It was not a problem.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Tun Toe Aung - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Products And Solutions Architect at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Responsive technical support, easy to use, and stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is simple to use compared to other solutions, such as Hyperflex, VxRail, and Nutanix"
  • "VMware vSAN needs to improve its features because other solutions have more advanced features."

What is our primary use case?

VMware vSAN is a hyper-converged infrastructure and we use it as a software-defined storage solution for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The solution is simple to use compared to other solutions, such as Cisco Hyperflex, Dell VxRail, and Nutanix

What needs improvement?

VMware vSAN needs to improve its features because other solutions have more advanced features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware vSAN for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable in small and medium environments. However, I do not have experience using the solution in enterprises companies.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 31 people in my organization using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical has been good in my experience but they could improve.

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

The price of VMware vSAN is expensive and there is an annual license required.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated many other solutions, such as Cisco Hyperflex, Dell VxRail, and Nutanix

What other advice do I have?

In my country, Myanmar, both VMware, and Cisco are the most reliable solution for networking and virtualization than other related solutions. Other vendors, such as Nutanix and SimpliVity are quite strange to our IT environments at this time.

I rate VMware vSAN an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Maurizio Del Bianco - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at PAFOM
Real User
Top 10
Reliable, simple to use, integrates well but expensive
Pros and Cons
  • "The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use."
  • "The customer service is good but there is a cost for it. It does not come free."

What is our primary use case?

We are a non-profit and we are working on a project utilizing the solution for infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

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

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for more than fifteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is totally stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service is good but there is a cost for it. It does not come free.

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

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. 

What other advice do I have?

The solution is very good but the price is its downside, this is the reason for my low rating. 

I rate VMware vSAN a seven out of ten.

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Vladyslav Slobodianyk - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Dnipro-Technocnter
Reseller
Top 10
Good productivity, data storage capabilities, and technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are productivity and data storage."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a solution provider and VMware vSAN is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are productivity and data storage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with VMware vSAN for between one and two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    vSAN is a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This is a scalable product.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have not dealt with them directly but my understanding is that they have good technical support.

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

    We are trying to support Nutanix, so I have some experience with it.

    The suitability of one solution over the other depends on the use case.

    How was the initial setup?

    As a system architect, I have not deployed it myself.

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

    The price of vSAN could be lower.

    The licensing fees are paid quarterly.

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice when it comes to products like vSAN or Nutanix is that these are products for new customers. Existing customers have a classic architecture and they have no reason to implement a hyper-converged infrastructure.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
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