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VMware Software Defined Storage is #13 ranked solution in top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. PeerSpot users give VMware Software Defined Storage an average rating of 8 out of 10. VMware Software Defined Storage is most commonly compared to Nutanix Acropolis AOS: VMware Software Defined Storage vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 30% of all views.
What is VMware Software Defined Storage?

VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands—eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions.

VMware Software Defined Storage was previously known as VMware SDS.

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Download the Software Defined Storage (SDS) Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: January 2022

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What users are saying about VMware Software Defined Storage pricing:
  • "A single socket costs you around US $6,000 for three years. At a minimum, you have a three load cluster for a medium or enterprise-scale company. It can get quite expensive because you're likely to need four to six sockets on the other side. It comes to around $30,000."
  • "I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting."
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    KashifNaseer
    Country Head SSID & GM South at a import and exporter with 51-200 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5
    Comes in a single management panel and doesn't require the need to buy separate dedicated storage
    Pros and Cons
    • "The single management panel is the main feature that is wonderful for the customer."
    • "I'd like to see improved hardware compatibility"

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case relates to the increasing number of customers moving away from traditional types of storage and trying to reduce the storage provisioning time and improve ease of use. That's the main reason customers are asking for software-defined storage.
    We deal with medium to enterprise-sized customers.

    What is most valuable?

    The valuable feature of the product is that the customer doesn't have to buy a separate storage box and manage things separately. The single management panel is the main feature that is wonderful for the customer. The single management panel plus the fact that there is no need to buy a separate disk is most valuable. You have the disks in the servers and it serves the purpose for your shared storage in the environment. 

    What needs improvement?

    I think VMware SDS is pretty good. It has all the ingredients that an SDS should have. I think it's the most competitive product in the market. 

    The OEM solutions that are being offered based on the VMware SDS solution is different to that offered by other companies. HP and Dell EMC offer the data migration service to their appliances. The data migration itself is not a big challenge. It's sort of an OEM customized solution. VMware does not offer similar equivalent the solution, they work with OEM partners, and they offer it that way. Since normally, enterprise customers won't rely on unknown brand storage. They rely on the larger players like HP, EMC, IBM, NetApp and Hitachi - VMware has an alliance with those companies. 

    Ideally, I'd like to see improved hardware compatibility because normally all the software-defined solutions require compatible hardware. Usually, the hardware evolution is quite fast-paced.  If customers procure one class of the device or hardware and it's compatible with a certain type of software version, and later they purchase another from a different vendor, there is a catch. I think the hardware compatibility should be very open and support different kinds of hardware because the hardware is very specific. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with the solution for more than three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable product. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's easy to scale and expand but the main catch is the cost. It's expensive.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is awesome. I think that's one of the main reasons people opt for VMware. Service matters to the customer, especially for the mid-tier to enterprise-sized customers who require their systems to be running all the time. Again the issue is cost. We are now looking at similar products to sell that are less expensive.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We previously tried a Chinese version that came in at a very cheap price but we didn't stick with them because they can't be trusted to provide good service and there was an issue with agreements. It's important for us to have the references and it was a challenge to sell that product. It had all the wonderful features that such a solution should have, but it was very difficult to sell it to an enterprise or medium-scale customer because of issues with reliability.

    How was the initial setup?

    Setup is relative - if the person has good knowledge, it's relatively easy. Otherwise, it's going to be a tough job. For someone who has the knowledge base, setup can be done within a couple of hours. Most customers in Pakistan rely on the vendors to do the setup. It only takes one person, sometimes two or three for an enterprise-sized company.  

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Setup cost is based on the software price and licenses on sockets. A single socket costs you around US $6,000 with three years services. At a minimum, you have a three node cluster for a small or medium-scale company. It can get quite expensive because you're likely to need four to six sockets on the other site to achieve business continuity. It comes to around $30,000. If you compare it with the Microsoft solution, Linux solutions, this is more expensive.

    When you deploy any of the software-defined data solutions you need hardware. Hardware vendors have their own appliances ready to sell. The main catch is if a customer is proposing a software-defined solution for one of their production systems, they may purchase software and hardware from different suppliers. There could be a conflict while troubleshooting a problem between the hardware and the software vendors. In the case of VMware or any of the brands, it's best for the customer to have a ready appliance, which comes from the hardware vendor with a software-defined data central software already installed. It would mean only one service provider for both hardware and software and hence no conflict.

    All hardware vendors are currently offering the Software Defined Ready nodes. If we compare VSAN Ready nodes from hardware vender and customer solution based on compatible VSAN hardware and VSAN software, the overall price of VSAN ready node prices will be slightly on higher side possibly around US$5K - 10K per node. And that's the catch if the customer wants one windows services they have a pay higher cost. If you have enough expertise buying separate will save cost else go with the VSAN ready node solution.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Yes we tried Sangfor, Microsoft Storage Space Direct and Linux Software Defined Storage Solutions

    What other advice do I have?

    VMware is better for those who don't have much experience with such tools because the locally available resources are enough to handle the solution. I think the product requires an OEM approach, purchase the hardware, software, and service from one source. The footprint of the hardware vendor should be established in the country and you need to have a very good partner in place to handle the hardware requests. 

    I would rate this product an 8 out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
    Senior Project Engineer - Networks and Infrastructure at Tetra Pak
    Real User
    Top 10
    The ability to scale up without necessity of additional hardware is a key advantage
    Pros and Cons
    • "The best part of the solution is that you can actually scale up to a large number of operating systems without additional hardware."
    • "It doesn't have the ability to be deployed on any kind of hardware and network connectors."

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm the senior project engineer for networks and infrastructure in our company and we're a customer of VMware.  We usually design the product for specific situations and then sell it. We're currently working on four different projects, it's primarily a data product.

    What is most valuable?

    The high visibility is a valuable feature. You can write a failure usually due to some hardware or technical issue.

    What needs improvement?

    The cost of the product is where an improvement could be made. It's generally very expensive and requires a lot of architecture that needs to be designed according to specific situations. If it could be designed with open architecture, it would increase the value of the product.

    I would like to see a greater ability to work with any kind of infrastructure, and there are currently some restrictions. It should have the ability to be deployed on any kind of hardware and network connectors, or protocols for that matter, and it should be more open to cloud.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the product for a couple of years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Because we don't have a huge number of operations, the solution is stable for us. For an enterprise data center it might be more challenging, but for our requirements, which includes about 80 workers, it's not that complex. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The best part of the solution is that you can actually scale up to a large number of operating systems without the requirement of additional hardware, which is the biggest advantage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is relatively good. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very customized, sometimes it's straightforward but most of the time it's very complex. I believe that's because the application that eventually runs on the architecture is always different and customer requirements are different too. Somehow we have to bridge those two areas using these solutions and then provide a product that is easy to use.

    What about the implementation team?

    Deployment probably takes three to four weeks per project and then of course we have a couple of months monitoring. We have about 35 team members involved in implementation. Each company then has its own person, sometimes two people who deal with maintenance. 
    Most companies prefer controlling maintenance themselves, so we then transfer the contract to them. We also provide a help center, which isn't a dedicated team, it depends on the issue. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting. If it's very complex or quantitatively heavy with a large infrastructure, then you might need to add more licensing costs, but for us, the standard one does the job.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would suggest to anyone considering purchasing the solution that it's important to validate your requirements first, whether you actually need it or not, before purchasing. In addition, the product can be better optimized. In the first instance, we paid more than we should have because we didn't know enough, but in subsequent projects we designed it differently, it was a better product, and we were able to save a lot of fees. You have to actually spend time customizing the solution based on your need and then it becomes more cost-effective and a more valuable solution, 

    I would rate this product an eight out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.