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

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)


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

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3333 Answers

reviewer1215390 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Cost-wise, the Nutanix licenses were cheaper, but in terms of the hardware, there was some contention around it. So, in terms of implementation, the way Nutanix was projecting the implementation on their end was that there were a lot of open-source admin platforms. vSAN is a licensed product in VMware, and Nutanix was proposing a KVM solution, which is open source. That's why their pricing was a bit cheaper, but when we were trying to compare it with an enterprise version of their management platform, it boiled down to the VMware vSAN being most effective in the long run.

reviewer1738062 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Clients have to pay for VMware vSAN licensing based on the number of CPUs. Whether it'll be a yearly or a monthly subscription, you have to check with the vendor, because you can buy it for one year, two years, or three years. The purchases would be lifetime or perpetual, but you need to have support, e.g. the support is negotiated from one, two, three, or four years.

reviewer1249170 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The cost of VMware vSAN is reasonable.

Igor Zheltukhin - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

VMware vSAN is not expensive. We compare it with Nutanix and the discounts from VMware are really good for vSAN.

AmrEldawody - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We pay a yearly licensing fee. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees because they are standardized and negotiated by the Ministry of Education. We provided the sizing and after that, the Ministry arranged for the correct licensing.

reviewer1750083 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

VMware vSAN is less expensive than having a traditional three-tier solution or a full virtual VFX using a hyper-converged soluton. The cost is still too high and should be lower.

reviewer1172055 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

There is a license to use this solution and we pay approximately $30,000 annually. There were not any additional fees required other than the license. The solution is expensive.

Veysel-Ozdemir - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The solution can be expensive. However, if you are a big company, such as a telco, likely you can get a good deal on pricing. That said, being so big, likely the cost won't be a deterrent.

reviewer1120872 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The product is quite expensive, regarding the open-source solution. The cost of the solution is a mixture of monthly user and licenses purchasing. So for the internal user, we use licenses purchasing. For an external customer, we use the Pay-Per-View model.

Conrad Cruz - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

VMware is quite expensive compared to Microsoft's Hyper-V. However, when you factor in flexibility and comparability of use, it's reasonable enough. For the high price of VMware, you get seamless operation and manageability. At the same time, I think VMware is lowering the price for its cloud-based solutions. And it's stable enough that some organizations might want to put part of their setup on the cloud and the other part on-premises. VMware's advantage is that they were already preparing for cloud solutions many years ago.

reviewer965808 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually.

reviewer775962 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

When it comes to the renewal of the license, it's a very expensive solution. We require price protection. VMware doesn't provide price protection. Many other products provide that, however, it's not something that VMware does.

Laurent NAHMIAS - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I do think that VMware vSAN's cost could be lower. We pay for the license every year. The cost depends on your contract. The pricing for the government is not the best, but for each licensing, because its arrays are in your servers, it can cost $4,000 for each of the servers for a simple solution and up to $20,000 per server for vSAN solutions. It's very, very expensive.

Rizki Ardiansyah - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

In comparison with other solutions, such as HP or Cisco, I find the solution to be quite pricey.

reviewer1362099 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price of the product is very high. We want to rescale it, however, it's expensive to do so.

reviewer1390431 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We do not currently pay a license fee. I cannot speak to any costs related to having this product in the company.

MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

The pricing vSAN is very expensive. Enterprise customers can customize their licenses according to their own needs and budget.

reviewer1109874 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license.

Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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.

Devendra-Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

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

Roberto_Boclin - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The price is okay.

reviewer1502748 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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

Vladyslav Slobodianyk - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Reseller

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

Mohd Azwan Azam - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

It is too expensive.

reviewer1073628 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20MSP

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.

Maurizio Del Bianco - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real 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.

Samson Kitaw - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The price is quite expensive for us.

Md.Shahadat Hossain Shipon - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10MSP

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.

Vishal Bhatia - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Consultant

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.

reviewer1320009 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

reviewer1381863 - PeerSpot reviewer
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.

Yves Sandfort - PeerSpot reviewer
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.

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