We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The configuration of the solution and the user interface are both quite good."
"Storage is expandable with no extra cost."
"Easy to deploy and manage."
"It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure."
"It has a single pane of glass for management and operational control, which is the most valuable feature. The integrated storage is also valuable."
"Good performance, reliable and agile."
"Very good VCG notification feature."
"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."
"I have found the solution to be scalable."
"The management features are pretty good, but they still have room for improvement."
"The interface is a little complicated, it could be simplified with more graphical gadgets. We have many servers, and the built-in functions, such as rate configuration, are a bit complex."
"The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution."
"The integration could be improved. I would like to see integration with other platforms."
"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."
"Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it."
"More focus has to be put on deduplication and compression with a hybrid architecture."
"I think it needs to be more cost-effective. I would also say that even though the capacity is good, there is also room for improvement there. Also, they could improve the security of the system."
"The ability to access SAN environments with fiber channels (or even NVMe) would be a good addition."
"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."
"The price of vSAN could be lower."
"For a classical node plus storage solution, the price is higher."
"The price is expensive."
"It is expensive, but you get what you pay for."
"We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually."
"Enterprise customers can customize their licenses according to their own needs and budget."
"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."
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Red Hat Ceph Storage is ranked 6th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. Red Hat Ceph Storage is rated 7.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Red Hat Ceph Storage writes "Excellent user interface, good configuration capabilities and quite stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Red Hat Ceph Storage is most compared with MinIO, Portworx Enterprise, IBM Spectrum Scale, Dell EMC ECS and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Dell EMC PowerFlex.
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