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Maan Othman
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Simple, very stable, but needs easier implementation and better pricing

What is our primary use case?

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

What is most valuable?

The most important thing is the simplicity of the product. It is a well-established product with good stability.

What needs improvement?

Its installation should be easier, and its price should be cheaper.  It would be good for the product if they can include the data locality feature.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have around ten customers of this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is fine.

How was the initial setup?

It is neither easy nor complicated. It is…

What is our primary use case?

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

What is most valuable?

The most important thing is the simplicity of the product. It is a well-established product with good stability.

What needs improvement?

Its installation should be easier, and its price should be cheaper. 

It would be good for the product if they can include the data locality feature.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have around ten customers of this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is fine.

How was the initial setup?

It is neither easy nor complicated. It is in-between. The deployment took one to two days. You need one to two engineers for its deployment and maintenance.

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate VMware vSAN a seven out of ten.

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: Partner
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, reliable, and simple installation

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for data storage virtualization.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be better for this solution, the response time is too slow.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy but the deployment can take some time, approximately six hours.

What about the implementation team?

We did…

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for data storage virtualization.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be better for this solution, the response time is too slow.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy but the deployment can take some time, approximately six hours.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of the solution and we do not need many technicians for the implementation.

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

I rate VMware vSAN a nine out of ten.

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: Partner
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Head of Professional Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Very integrated and is scalable

What is our primary use case?

VMware vSAN is software-defined storage. I think that says it all. You don't have to buy additional external storage, and you can manage all the storage entities from the console. That's very important to our customers.

What is most valuable?

vSAN is very integrated.

What needs improvement?

Ease of administration is one area where vSAN could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using vSAN for probably four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For our purposes, vSAN's stability is okay.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

vSAN is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

As far as I know, any VMware tickets that we've escalated have been handled…

What is our primary use case?

VMware vSAN is software-defined storage. I think that says it all. You don't have to buy additional external storage, and you can manage all the storage entities from the console. That's very important to our customers.

What is most valuable?

vSAN is very integrated.

What needs improvement?

Ease of administration is one area where vSAN could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using vSAN for probably four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For our purposes, vSAN's stability is okay.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

vSAN is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

As far as I know, any VMware tickets that we've escalated have been handled professionally. and their support team is very skilled.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward. Because we are deploying it from the VxRail global setup, there is no dedicated vSAN setup that we are providing. It's all integrated into the VxRail setup. However, installing vSAN itself can be quite complex if you're doing it from scratch.

What other advice do I have?

I rate vSAN eight out of 10. I would recommend it to others. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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System Engineer at GoVirtual
Real User
Overall good functionality, straightforward installation, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

I provide a workshop for VMware vSAN to the final customers. For example, in Chile, I installed the solution for a company called NG. I have customers in Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina. VMware vSAN is used as a storage solution.

What is most valuable?

Overall the solution is very good.

What needs improvement?

VMware vSAN could improve by having better integration with other vendors and the storage is limited, I prefer it to the traditional storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware vSAN for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

VMware vSAN is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The…

What is our primary use case?

I provide a workshop for VMware vSAN to the final customers. For example, in Chile, I installed the solution for a company called NG. I have customers in Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina. VMware vSAN is used as a storage solution.

What is most valuable?

Overall the solution is very good.

What needs improvement?

VMware vSAN could improve by having better integration with other vendors and the storage is limited, I prefer it to the traditional storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware vSAN for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

VMware vSAN is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. I have developed an automatic script that can install the solution which has been very good for customers.

What about the implementation team?

I do the implementation and maintenance of the solution. Additionally, I support those who are wanting to do the implementation.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution.

I rate VMware vSAN a ten out of ten.

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Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Lets you efficiently use hardware resources, but the UI needs work

What is our primary use case?

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.

What needs improvement?

The UI falls short compared to other solutions. It needs some development to make it more user-friendly. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using vSAN for six years. 

How was the initial setup?

vSAN isn't easy to install, because it's separate from VMware. You have to install vSAN and monitoring separately. Configuration is not straightforward. You have to define the policy first and then allocate through the virtual machine.

What about the implementation team?

We used the VMware professional team to…

What is our primary use case?

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.

What needs improvement?

The UI falls short compared to other solutions. It needs some development to make it more user-friendly. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using vSAN for six years. 

How was the initial setup?

vSAN isn't easy to install, because it's separate from VMware. You have to install vSAN and monitoring separately. Configuration is not straightforward. You have to define the policy first and then allocate through the virtual machine.

What about the implementation team?

We used the VMware professional team to install, and it took them around two days. After it was deployed, we used one engineer to maintain the system.

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

The license for vSAN is a yearly subscription. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate vSAN seven out 10.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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Omar-ElsharQawy
Business Development Manager at iVolve Technologies
Real User
A highly-scalable and innovative storage virtualization software

What is our primary use case?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

the come feedback always I here from our client is that vSAN Simplified Operations and ease of administration.

What is most valuable?

Manage both of virtual machines (VM), containers and cloud ready solution

What needs improvement?

What is our primary use case?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

the come feedback always I here from our client is that vSAN Simplified Operations and ease of administration.

What is most valuable?

Manage both of virtual machines (VM), containers and cloud ready solution

What needs improvement?

Traditional infrastructure, Private cloud and the hybrid cloud

For how long have I used the solution?

I am always recommend the vSAN technology when it comes to power a Hyperconverged infrastructure as well the traditional and cloud native applications.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Shams K
Vmware Administrator at Intertech
Real User
Top 5
Scalable and secure with easy setup

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is to combine old storage into logical volumes. You can create a VMS partition and deploy it among the host, which provides the best performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using vSAN for almost three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good - storage is expandable with no extra cost.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is simple because the product is automatically installed once the license is activated.

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

The pricing is something of a concern.

What other advice do I have?

I would say that if you need more storage-level performance, scalability, or security, you can…

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is to combine old storage into logical volumes. You can create a VMS partition and deploy it among the host, which provides the best performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using vSAN for almost three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good - storage is expandable with no extra cost.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is simple because the product is automatically installed once the license is activated.

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

The pricing is something of a concern.

What other advice do I have?

I would say that if you need more storage-level performance, scalability, or security, you can definitely consider using this solution. I would rate this solution as nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Samson Kitaw
Network Manager at Bank of Abyssinia
Real User
Extremely easy to deploy and manage; suitable for our requirements

What is most valuable?

This is a fantastic product, it is easy to deploy and to manage, and it suits our requirements. 

What needs improvement?

It is quite an expensive solution for us and I would like to see some improvements on the backup side of the solution. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for three years. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

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

The price is quite expensive for us. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

What is most valuable?

This is a fantastic product, it is easy to deploy and to manage, and it suits our requirements. 

What needs improvement?

It is quite an expensive solution for us and I would like to see some improvements on the backup side of the solution. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for three years. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

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

The price is quite expensive for us. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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