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2017-12-08T09:38:00Z

What is your primary use case for VMware vSAN?

Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for VMware vSAN?

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reviewer1215390 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We are using it for a redundant, local front-end environment for our WiFi portal. We're also using it for critical backend services, our DCP instances, and our internal monitoring environments. We have instances inside that system right now. I believe we are using its latest update.

2022-03-30T09:33:17Z
reviewer1738062 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

VMware vSAN is a storage virtualization software.

2022-03-09T18:04:30Z
reviewer1249170 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are using VMware vSAN for many purposes, such as NVI workload, edge computing, open run 5G for large customers, onsite installations, and low latency systems like mobile edge computing.

2022-02-09T09:06:02Z
AmrEldawody - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We are a university and we initially designed our data center such that it would be centralized, between branch offices and headquarters. There is a small data center in each branch but we're not interested in having local storage in every one of the branches. Our plan is to purchase three physical hosts and deploy them with VMware, using vSAN to create virtual storage using each physical host's internal storage.

2021-12-27T19:30:45Z
reviewer1750083 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

Our company works in a multi-cloud model, hybrid environment using both the hyperscalers AWS and Azure with a combination of public and private clouds. Our organization is an integrator so VMware vSAN is used for our end customer. VMware vSAN is used for VM workloads. We show our customers that they do not need to keep everything on-premises and that they can move not critical data to minimize data compliance security. We move them to a public cloud with the two hyperscalers. For workloads that they are not comfortable keeping in a public cloud, we recommend using a hybrid model. My use cases deal with virtual workloads, retailing and manufacturing solutions.

2021-12-21T13:10:00Z
reviewer1172055 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

VMware vSAN is our hypervisor and we are using it for all our applications.

2021-12-10T08:47:25Z
Veysel-Ozdemir - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

While we have some applications running on VMware, mostly we are providing and proposing these solutions to our clients. I have one client, for example, that is running the CRM and accounts and manufacturing applications on VMware and they're using HP infrastructure for them. They have some SQL databases they're running on that and some back-office applications, and also an Extend Server as well.

2021-12-09T03:47:01Z
DHACHANNAACHAISIN - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We primarily use the solution for virtualization for our organization.

2021-11-12T14:28:53Z
Syed Nouman Ali Rizvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use VMware vSAN to manage our resources. It has secured our resources, such as power and server management. We needed one console that can manage all the servers.

2021-11-07T09:37:55Z
Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We usually use it for any workload virtualization, data center virtualization, and storage. We use it for our software-defined storage and when a customer needs scalable storage. Data center modernization is also a use case for it. I am using its latest version.

2021-10-19T12:42:21Z
Tun Toe Aung - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

2021-09-24T16:53:43Z
manager278619 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The vSAN is similar to other VMware products that are quite popular in Thailand. Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware.

2021-09-23T01:29:00Z
Gabriele-Pizzigati - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

We are resellers and system integrators. With larger companies, we can use VMware vSAN. We have small and medium-sized businesses in Italy that are customers. We chose this solution as the domain for hyper-convergence solutions for small businesses with fewer than 200 employees for companies that wanted to increase storage without complications.

2021-09-20T18:17:08Z
Christian Paatsch - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We primarily used the solution for development, tests and UAT proposals. We did initially run it without backup and later added Commvault.

2021-09-07T16:20:49Z
reviewer1362099 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We primarily use the solution for data storage for the virtual machines.

2021-08-11T14:21:25Z
Darshil Sanghvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReseller

We have a lab setup using VMware vSAN which is on Nutanix. We are using the vSAN for testing purposes and attempting to answer some questions. For example, how will the application be supported, how will the exit configuration be, and what would happen in terms of failures.

2021-06-20T10:04:45Z
Mohab Samy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We primarily use the solution for 95% of our hyper-converged infrastructure deployments.

2021-05-21T15:18:24Z
MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are a solution provider and VMware vSAN is one of the software-defined storage products that we propose to our customers. Most of the use cases that we see from our customers are where they need to utilize their own hardware. When the environment grows then they buy additional storage.

2021-05-13T17:46:04Z
reviewer1109874 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We use the solution for data storage virtualization.

2021-05-08T04:39:09Z
reviewer1496229 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Basically, we wanted to do more automation. That was the primary reason for us to move to it. Specifically, with respect to the finance part, we wanted to ensure that more automation can happen there in order to give more control to the end-user. It's also used for managing some of the application stack as well as storage management.

2021-04-22T16:07:44Z
Yousaf Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are mainly using the solution for our Windows environment.

2021-04-06T16:36:46Z
Peter Betyounan - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it everywhere. We power all of our public cloud with it, and we also power all of our customers' private clouds with it.

2021-04-06T08:28:42Z
Michael Ogunlade - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We use it to 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.

2021-03-30T17:53:00Z
Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is inside the data center as software-defined storage for the infrastructure.

2021-03-29T17:10:00Z
Omar-ElsharQawy - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

vSAN is fully integrated with VMware vSphere, as a distributed layer of software within the ESXi hypervisor. One of the use cases is that, vSAN can gather the local or direct-attached data storage devices, to create a single storage pool shared across all hosts in a vSAN cluster. Another use case is that vSAN designed for the software-defined data centers (SDDC), thus you can build and architect your own private, public or hybrid cloud environment based on the vSAN software.

2021-03-22T17:34:45Z
Abbasi Poonawala - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The primary use of the solution is the virtualization and storage process in a simple platform. The solution is not independent, it is interlaced with other solution such as vSphere and NSX. If you work with one you will be working with others. vSphere is connected to NSX and the NSX will connect to the vSAN. vSphere connects for storage purpose. When the virtualization process is happening, the storage area network would be vSAN. It resembles a managed service from VMware, where all the data and everything will be put into the vSAN.

2021-03-12T20:03:40Z
MinaMagdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We are service providers. vSan is a system with defined storage, it doesn't work on a public cloud. It works and is built in your private cloud.

2021-03-05T14:42:32Z
Devendra-Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Our primary use case is to host our hyperconverged solutions. I'm a project manager and team leader and we are implementers of this solution. We carry out everything from implementation to rollout. We are customers of VMware vSAN.

2021-02-23T18:42:19Z
reviewer1075695 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We use VMware vSAN in a private cloud. We deploy company (customers') applications using the application servers in VMware. We have about 10,000+ users using it.

2021-02-22T21:09:00Z
Roberto_Boclin - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

2021-02-20T08:18:30Z
Sandeep Solanki - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use this product for server virtualization.

2021-02-19T14:07:28Z
Vladyslav Slobodianyk - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Reseller

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

2021-02-04T10:55:20Z
Mohd Azwan Azam - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

We have around 70 to 100 VMs, and we use VMware vSAN to store our data. We have a lot of daily data.

2021-02-03T07:30:47Z
reviewer1073628 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20MSP

We sell and deploy this solution for our customers in a variety of settings from small data centers to big data analytics clusters. Most recently, we have deployed vSAN for VDI solution. We are VMware partners and I'm a solutions architect.

2021-01-24T15:30:29Z
Maurizio Del Bianco - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

2021-01-11T19:12:12Z
reviewer1351098 - PeerSpot reviewer
MSP

We primarily use the solution for remote offices as well as medium-sized businesses.

2020-12-05T07:49:00Z
reviewer1325607 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case of this solution is for performance storage and management, we are a training center. I'm the information and communication technology trainer and we have a partnership with VMware vSan.

2020-11-06T02:49:54Z
reviewer1420677 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Vendor

Within our organization, there are many people using VMware vSAN.

2020-11-04T10:38:48Z
Md.Shahadat Hossain Shipon - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10MSP

We are service providers. We offer pre-billed services anywhere from three-year or five-year contracts for our customers. We provide the maintenance of the solution during that time, and on the backend, we provide L1 and L2 support. The primary use case of this solution is for third party storage, and to leverage the local hard disk. This avoids the cost of expensive storage, sandboxes, and SAN switches.

2020-11-02T06:13:22Z
Vishal Bhatia - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Consultant

We don't have any specific use cases, however, we do have a variety of workloads running on vSAN.

2020-10-27T17:26:48Z
reviewer1320009 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

We use it for commoditization and cost-effectiveness. We use it only to be able to spin up instances for monitoring and to do some application testing for other contracts. We are using the latest version.

2020-10-27T10:55:00Z
reviewer1381863 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are providing virtual machines for our niche area of accounting firms. For virtualization, we are using VMware vSphere, and for storing these virtualizations, we are using VMware vSAN. We have co-located servers in different data centers. That's where we have installed the VMware vSAN for our use.

2020-10-21T04:34:00Z
Ben Marquis - PeerSpot reviewer
Reseller

Our primary use case is the consolidation of compute and storage for VDI and Virtual Servers.

2019-12-21T18:22:00Z
systemen519357 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use this as storage solution for specific VMware services and for backup solution.

2019-12-18T05:44:00Z
Patrick Lamarche - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use this solution exclusively for our VDI. We are running vSAN on six Cisco C240 M4 servers.

2019-06-04T14:19:00Z
Pengineers0997 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We deliver the only end-to-end enterprise technology platform exclusively designed for quick service and food service communities. Our primary use case for this solution is for customer use in our internal labs. As partners with the vendor VMware vSAN, we leverage their tech to build customer-specific simulated environments, to provide unique, controlled individual environments to gain insightful perspectives and capture helpful data.

2019-04-23T08:23:00Z
RobStickland - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It is used as a remote/branch office solution for a new site that we acquired.

2019-03-04T20:16:00Z
ErhanDemirhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Virtual environment.

2019-02-04T12:14:00Z
Jose Fuentes - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

My primary use case is for storage and resilience between centers.

2018-11-18T07:31:00Z
Ashraf Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We primarily use this solution for consolidation on the cloud.

2018-10-24T14:07:00Z
Vijayakumar Arumuga Nadar - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are using vSAN as a product in vSphere. Recently, we signed up for the 6.7 version of vSAN. We use it on all-flash and VME. All the discs that we use are NVMe disks.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Kenny Morales - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for our DMZ and any test environments that we put into our industry. It's performing pretty well. We have no issues with vSAN at all.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Michael Cayouette - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We're primarily using it in a VDI environment, a four-node VDI environment. Performance is very good. We're very happy with it. Networking setup was a little bit of a challenge, but we got around that.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Eric Garrison - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

We use vSAN primarily as an R&D tool to test our products and see how they work on it, and it is absolutely phenomenal. It is one of the best hyperconverged solutions I've been able to get my hands on.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Ifrastrudd3b - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are using it for management of all the data that we collect from our customer bases and from our 500-plus locations. There is also the data that we use to manage employee systems, so it's both ends of the business. It's the actual retail side of the business, as well as the internal operations.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Paul Letta - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case for vSAN is server virtualization. We've used it to virtualize close to 500 servers which would normally have been on physical hardware. We have virtualized and consolidated it down to run on nine nodes of vSAN. That workload primarily consist of web servers running Linux or Windows Servers to support the Windows Active Directory that we have for the environment onsite.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Philip  Sellers - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case for vSAN has been our branch locations and multiple different office locations. We are running vSAN as an alternative to external storage arrays, and it's working really well to provide us with data storage at these branch sites.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Barbara MacKenzie - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We recently adopted vSAN. We adopted VDI for our desktop solution about ten years ago and we have a single KPI for delivery which is clinical data accessed in five seconds. Throughout the last decade, as new back-end technologies have come to market, we have always been investing in the hosting end of VDI. Five years ago, we went to an all-flash array, and two years ago, we went to the vSAN hyperconverged.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Yves Sandfort - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We primarily use vSAN for cloud automation, so we provide test workloads for specific test use cases for customers who want to do software testing. In these specific cases, we also use vSAN because it gives us flexibility from a profile perspective on how we roll out specific workloads and specific test scenarios, making it easier for us to actually deploy things in comparison to legacy storage platforms.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Joseph Lepek - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case for vSAN is for our corporate cluster, and we have many different use cases using vSAN. It was a perfect solution for us. We were there for the beginning of vSAN. We created our own vSAN environment with their early installers and now we have a professional one. It's a great solution.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
Ed Hammond - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Primary use is just for VMDK storage. We're running an all-flash array with NVME caching tier. The performance is really good, we're using SATA drives. We're about to do a complete rebuild with 12-gig SATA drives as the capacity tier, and bigger, newer, faster NVME for the caching tier.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
SysAdmin827e - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use if for our primary infrastructure. In terms of performance, vSAN is fine.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
Chris Gould - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case is production data and the performance has been great.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
ProductOa5a5 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It's going to be employed for our VDI infrastructure and, potentially, we will move it into our VSI infrastructure.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Cj Tharp - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The primary use case is bringing redundancy into our plants for failover. It has been performing great.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Adam Seifert - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for all our virtual desktop storage.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
StdcSupe3d9e - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for all of our Production and it has been very effective.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
ITArchit9734 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for VDI.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Marcello Collao - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it to provide and sell infrastructure as a service. The performance for us is very good. Our infrastructure now is only solid-state disks, with two different levels. There is one for write-intensive and one for read-intensive. Our decision was to change traditional storage to vSAN.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
SeniorSy617e - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

For us, vSAN is a really good option for our EDGE network sites. We're able to use it in a high-available environment that enables our end-users to get to the data they need. We're heavily leveraging it for our VDI deployments.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Director6588 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

It runs our core virtualization, both in our data centers and our edge or remote-site data centers. The performance has exceeded our expectations and exceeded our traditional converged infrastructure.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Supervis55e8 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for localized storage converted into virtual storage. The performance is perfect, awesome. No complaints.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
CTOc0bc - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The primary use of the product is for storage for VDI plus some other storage for file servers and the like. The performance is great. We use it on all-flash.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
Jason Montogomery - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The primary use case is all of our VMware workloads. In terms of performance, it does alright with the general workloads. I've had some issues with the dupe clusters, but that's just the right-sizing overwriting the cache.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
Aaron Reiss - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Today, we use it for general compute and VDI. We have not put our VDI into production yet, but on the general compute side, it works great. The performance has been exemplary.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
CTO300f - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The primary use case is for VDI. In fact, we have created what's called a virtual research desktop with VDI, which is insulated because we're dealing with HIPAA data. I think it has performed pretty well.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
Solution1914 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for our developer clusters.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
Solution8d8a - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

In a lot of cases, the primary use case for vSAN is in small to medium businesses, where they may not have the space or the funds for an actual storage array to provide a shared storage medium for their virtual environment. And even if they do, they may not have the expertise to maintain that and a separate network. vSAN gives them the ability to make use of storage they already own, across their host. As they add more, more storage, more compute, they'll add more memory. It makes their environment simpler to manage and keeps it moving smoothly for them.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
ManagerT5097 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The primary use case is that we're getting ready to deploy a VDI solution across the campus and our healthcare network.

2018-09-02T09:38:00Z
SysAdmine7f1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for hosting all our business products on virtual machines.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
ServerAd2edf - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant

Because our company is an architecting company, we require a lot of IOPS going from the server side to the clients who are using the models. They require faster transactions and that's the reason we thought of having a type of HCI solution. That's why we went with the vSAN solution.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
Andrew Harrison - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use our vSan primarily for our VCF deployment. We run our production workloads on it, mostly for Microsoft SQL databases and various WebSphere and web-based front-end applications. It performs pretty well for the most part. The older versions had some issues, specifically regarding upgrade paths and the robustness of the product, but in the last two or three versions they've really addressed those issues and brought it up to speed and made it a real enterprise solution.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
Greg Kincade - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We do reference architectures using our SSDs so we're all about All-Flash vSAN. It's part of our portfolio.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
Virtualibfed - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for our compute clusters, for running our virtual machines. We use it for our vROps clusters. Our customers use it for their compute workloads.

2018-09-02T08:42:00Z
Russ  Timberman - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our vSAN setup is used in our development system, not our production system, for ease of use and ease of access.

2018-09-02T08:33:00Z
Jonathan Bartelson - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use of vSAN is to set up a deployment of a small subset of clusters that we have out in our gas and oil prepossessing plants, in remote areas. Performance-wise, it has gone above and beyond what we originally spec'ed it for. From that respect, for us, it's like the "golden gun".

2018-09-02T08:06:00Z
Damon Howell - PeerSpot reviewer
MSP

We use vSAN because it's a VMware product which integrates with all the other virtualization, and it simplifies hyper-converged environments.

2018-09-02T08:04:00Z
Andrew Watson - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it as a primary storage for our Horizon View environment. The product is great. It runs well.

2018-09-02T08:03:00Z
Deron Roberts - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for our management cluster. All of our network services are on this cluster, on vSAN. That way, it's off the production network, it's off by itself. We have four nodes in case there is an issue with it, it has the failover capabilities. The performance is very good. We have NVMe performance in it so it's very fast.

2018-08-28T13:36:00Z
Todd Wright - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We use it for storage and redundancy.

2018-08-28T12:18:00Z
Matheus Belin - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Dataprev has a strategic partnership with VMware and the federal government of Brazil. We're developing a new public cloud and private cloud for the whole government of Brazil.

2018-08-28T07:05:00Z
RACHID BOUAMIECH - PeerSpot reviewer
User

Virtual Desktop.

2018-08-07T07:55:00Z
reviewer910422 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

VMware was used to manage multiple servers in a DMZ for an eCormerce service (Coy). VMware made the server management, migration and backup/maintenance efficient.

2018-07-31T15:53:00Z
reviewer909960 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We are thinking of using vSAN instead of the traditional SAN. We are just starting to explore how vSAN can benefit us.

2018-07-30T22:44:00Z
Alessandro Pregliasco - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Our primary use case is server workload and mission critical work.

2018-05-30T15:43:00Z
Tony McMillan - PeerSpot reviewer
Reseller

We have a traditional, multi-host cluster with SAN and a small (three host) vSAN cluster alongside it. I built the vSAN cluster mostly to experiment with the platform.

2018-05-02T02:31:00Z
Qi He - PeerSpot reviewer
Reseller

We use vSAN as our server virtualization solution for Dell install of our customer base, and vSAN is our primary solution.

2017-12-26T12:37:00Z
PankajTambe - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation on vSAN with an environment of about 2000 desktops and 1000 servers.

2017-12-12T15:16:00Z
Elvar Böðvarsson - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant

For a new full site, vSAN was used instead of going with the usual fibre SAN. Since vSAN requires SSDs, it was a great way to introduce that tech to the company. If we would have gone with a traditional SAN SSD, it would have been an option, so a debatable feature.

2017-12-08T09:38:00Z
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