"The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory."
"The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"
"It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions."
"The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure."
"VMware vSAN is easy to configure, with basic functionality and the customer can maintain the solution."
"VMware vSAN is a global solution, so we can manage all the storage solutions in one place. It's embedded in VCI solutions."
"The most valuable features are secure IOPs and LAN security."
"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"
"Provides good performance as well as integration with deployment tools."
"VMware vSAN is compatible with the legacy hypervisor solutions and most of the features are good."
"Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues."
"In my opinion, vSAN is the most natural way to migrate to a fully hyperconverged solution. If a customer needs a more scalable solution with consolidated management, vSAN is excellent."
"More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring."
"Documentation management could be improved"
"I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools."
"It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes."
"Troubleshooting tools could be improved."
"This product is very expensive."
"The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution."
"They can package it in a way that is specific to the hardware infrastructure and the hardware platform. It should stay fairly up to date with the drivers and the manufacturer issues. The problem with uncoupling the proprietary technology and component capabilities is that by uncoupling them, you run into some concerns or challenges over the poor performance model. These concerns really come when you start talking about high performance, high bandwidth, and high availability types of environments. While vSAN is a leader, in a critical view, it is not about being cost-effective. It is more about the immediate impact of money loss to the business in critical applications where we want to maintain a continuous operational 59 model. It is, however, good for QA/QC tasks. I don't necessarily know how it works in regards to VDI or virtual desktop infrastructure."
"More focus has to be put on deduplication and compression with a hybrid architecture."
"They can improve the manageability of the solution to make it more simple. It is not that complicated, but it will be good if they can make it more simple."
"It would be ideal if clients didn't need to monitor the solution on a daily basis."
"In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility."
Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.
VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.
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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 66 reviews. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with StarWind Virtual SAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Red Hat Ceph Storage, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Dell EMC PowerFlex.
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