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VMware vSAN Valuable Features

Yves Sandfort - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO & Majority Shareholder 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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VC
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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Conrad Cruz - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

If we decide to expand, vSAN could offer us some flexibility. We are researching ways to set this up from a new data center, which is located somewhere different from the current location right now.

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VMware vSAN
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AP
Infrastructure Security with 201-500 employees

The ease of use is great.

The initial setup and upgrade process was pretty straightforward. 

Technical support is great.

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LN
Director at SOFTLOGIC

The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to deploy.

It is also easy to configure with the vCenter and the other solutions that we have. It is easy to create and delete virtual servers. It is easy to create the load balancing and the clustering, and the new version includes different features that allow us to quickly see what happened if we shut down a virtual server. It is an arrays of disks. It works like a RAID file. You shut down one server and you can start the two others that work together.

VMware vSAN is better than SimpliVity. We once tried to run SimpliVity, but it was difficult for us, because the people from HP were not easy to work with, the costs of their white papers where higher, and it was not as easy to deploy as VMware. VMware vSAN also costs for licensing, but it costs less than HPE SimpliVity and I'm not depending on the HP team. I can run it myself with my engineers.

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AD
Director - IT Strategy Lead at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

The flexibility is most valuable. Being able to manage things quickly if something goes wrong is also valuable. Very recently, we had one node that went down due to a power problem, but there was really no major impact on the systems running on top of it. 

It is pretty straightforward. We're able to manage multiple platforms with ease. In terms of the overhead of understanding how the entire platform is being administered, it was fairly quick for our team to get the hang of it.

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VB
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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YK
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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CP
Head of IT-Department at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

When we started using vSAN, the speed (performance) of the solution was dramatically higher than the speed of our production systems. 

The integration with the rest of the DVM suite is great as always. The look and feel for the administrators is like a classic virtualization environment and it cannot be better. 

The solution is very easy to set up. 

The stability is good.

We had very good access to technical support.

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RS
Senior Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products. 

Another good feature is that you can create profiles for each VM. You can mirror one set of VMs according to another set of VMs. You can also define the quality of service for that profile.

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NP
General Manager Sales at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The single console for management is the most valuable aspect of the solution. 

The initial setup is very simple. 

The solution has been quite stable.

I have found the solution to be scalable.

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GN
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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Naveen Malkani - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect, Consultant and Corporate Trainer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The vSAN features we've found most helpful are live application migrations and storage policies. It has storage, policies, application, and DRS policies. Automation is there. 

Also, if a customer wants to go for a VMware stack, vSAN has flexible, completely integrated solutions for two clouds. Stretched Cluster, vMotion, VXLAN—there are so many features. 

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Vebjorn Nergaard - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior IT Engineer at Guard Automation AS

The most valuable feature of VMware vSAN is the ease of management. VMware vSAN it's a part of VMware ESXi and when you do patching for VMware ESXi, VMware vSAN receives the patches too.

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AmrEldawody - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Administrator at Saudi Electronic University

The backup features and monitoring features are good.

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Md.Shahadat Hossain Shipon - PeerSpot reviewer
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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JK
Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature for our customers is vMotion. It allows them to shut down virtual machines and migrate them to others servers.

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DA
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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AB
Senior Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

VMware vSAN is easy to configure, with basic functionality and the customer can maintain the solution.

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Gabriele-Pizzigati - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software and Systems Engineer at SAMU.IT

It's well documented.

We find it easy to deliver this solution.

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SM
Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

The solution makes management very easy.

We've found the solution to be scalable.

The stability of the solution is very good.

The installation process is very simple and straightforward.

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AM
User at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable thing about vSAN is that all of its features have been working well for us for the past two years. We haven't had an issue with them.

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Michael Tsang - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Consultant Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the fast performance.

The licensing includes all of the recent features.

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DL
Consultant at a security firm with 1-10 employees

It is easy to use. It is easy to implement for us, and it is also easy to maintain for the customers. It is not necessary to buy some extra devices and talk with other vendors.

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LP
Head of the Cloud Factory Architecture & President at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature of the solution is the simplicity to implement and to maintain.

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VO
Managing Director at Ictnet Limited

The migration capabilities are a very useful aspect of the solution. 

The way it handles failovers is very good. 

The imaging is helpful.

Right now, VMware is number one in the virtual space.

The initial setup is very easy.

The management is very straightforward. It's an extremely user-friendly product.

It integrates very well with other products. 

The scalability is very good and the solution is stable and reliable.

So far, everything is okay.

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AV
Director at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is very well known in the industry, and there are a lot of technical resources around it. This is a big thing for me because, at the end of the day, when you implement it, you need to support it.

It is easy to use and easy to implement.

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DN
Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution is easy to manage due to the fact that it uses the same dashboard as Center.

vSAN is okay for HCI.

The solution fits well with my requirements. 

The stability is good.

The product can scale.

I have always found the technical support to be helpful and responsive. 

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MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

This product has very good performance when it comes to virtualization storage and works well with solutions such as SAP HANA, Exadata, Hadoop, and Big Data Analytics.

The most valuable feature is the integration with vSphere.

The deduplication and compression work well. 

One of the benefits of using this solution is that when you need additional storage, you just add it.

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SP
System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

VMware vSAN is compatible with the legacy hypervisor solutions and most of the features are good.

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FV
System Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It is simple to manage without the need for configuration which is the feature that I like the most. The simplicity, as well as the integration with virtualization.

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Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

The scalability of the solution is most valuable.

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Abbasi Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
User 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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MS
IT Infrastructure Manager at a retailer with 11-50 employees

One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it is stable. 

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BM
Account Executive at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature of VMware vSAN is that it's easy to manage and it's also comfortable to use. Another unique feature is its hardware upgrade, but I'm unsure if this is also present in other players in the market. Upgrade and authorization for this product is very easy. Deployment of VMware vSAN is also easy. Everything in this product is perfect.

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MP
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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KH
IT Project Manager at a museum or institution with 11-50 employees

We use it on three hosts, and we find it very easy to administer.

It is user-friendly, and its performance is good.

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RR
Pre sales Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The vSAN storage cluster is the most interesting feature.

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DD
Director - DC & Hybrid Cloud Presales Lead for APAC at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Its ease of use is most valuable. It is easy to configure, and there is a unified interface, which makes things slightly easier.

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UF
System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is very stable.

The scalability has been quite good.

The initial setup is pretty quick and easy.

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Michael Ogunlade - PeerSpot reviewer
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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JC
Technical manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

What I found most valuable in this software is its storage management feature.

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DN
Senior Buyer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I like the tolerance of VMware vSAN.

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Mohab Samy - PeerSpot reviewer
VMware Technician Manager at VAS

The solution is very stable.

The installation is very easy. The deployment is fast and only takes, at a maximum, 2 days.

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MR
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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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The solution is quite stable.

We have found the solution to be very scalable. 

For VMware, it's almost perfect.

The installation is straightforward.

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Darshil Sanghvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

One of the valuable features of vSAN is it has a universal type of technology that allows you to deploy it on any server or hardware. Competitors, such as Nutanix, provides the AOS and can be deployed only on certified hardware. For vSAN, it does not require any kind of certified hardware.

Additionally, the dashboards and user interface provide a lot of details.

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YR
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The valuable feature of the solution is the total hyperconverged facility. And that either it's hyperconverged, or it's standalone with storage arrays.

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CH
Senior Expert Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature of VMware vSAN is you do not have to use additional hardware for storage. The operation of VMware vSAN does not take a lot of effort. If you have VMware technology on your site, then it's easy for the operational support of the system.

The orchestration is well integrated into the stack of the VMware management suite.

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Devendra-Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The VCG notification feature is key for me. 

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MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
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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AH
EUC Consultant

VMware vSAN is a global solution, so we can manage all the storage solutions in one place. It's embedded in VCI solutions. 

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AL
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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Muzamil Yakub - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Infoview Limited

The most valuable features of VMware vSAN are that it receives updates frequently, has good compression, optimized storage, and they provide webinars on what is new. Additionally, the integration with third-party products is good and it is easy to manage.

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Igor Zheltukhin - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Engineer at IBS Platformix

VMware vSAN is easy to implement in a VMware environment and it is not expensive.

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FK
Head Of Network & Technical Support at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The high availability is very good.

It's a good place to store our applications.

You can install the solution yourself.

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Peter Betyounan - PeerSpot reviewer
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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MC
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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RM
Director Of Services Nicaragua at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

High availability is a valuable aspect of this solution.

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NO
Solutions Coordinator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The integration with other VMware products is good.

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Roberto_Boclin - PeerSpot reviewer
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 - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Tun Toe Aung - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Products And Solutions Architect at a government with 201-500 employees

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

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Maurizio Del Bianco - PeerSpot reviewer
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 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Dnipro-Technocnter

The most valuable features are productivity and data storage.

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YD
Solution Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution has high performance.

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SB
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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TG
Professional Member at a tech company with 1-10 employees

I have found that the multi-homing feature is very valuable in VMware vSAN. It is an easy-to-use solution.

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Mohd Azwan Azam - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at Stellariz

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

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Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
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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TC
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is easy to use.

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RA
Head of Professional Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

vSAN is very integrated.

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SA
System Engineer at GoVirtual

Overall the solution is very good.

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Loay Mohamed - PeerSpot reviewer
System Service Representative at IBM

The performance of VMware vSAN is very good.

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Omar-ElsharQawy - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at iVolve Technologies

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

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NN
System Analyst at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

VMware has been around for a long time are are doing a decent job at catching up with the latest technologies i.e. bringing in kubernetes and containerization. Overall, this is a great tool for virtualization.

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JF
IT Manager at Triara

The feature we have found most valuable is the compatibility of VMware products with VCF and VMware Cloud Foundation.

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Omar_Samir - PeerSpot reviewer
Public Sector Sales Manager and DBA at Diverse

Very easy to implement in any existing environment.

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Samson Kitaw - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Buyer's Guide
VMware vSAN
July 2022
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: July 2022.
620,600 professionals have used our research since 2012.