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VMware vSAN Valuable Features

CEO / Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH

vSAN gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources. We have an overall larger host infrastructure, and we split that up for specific customer test and use cases. In that specific scenario, we can easily add more hosts or reduce the number of hosts in the environment. This is an advantage when we use vSAN.

We have pretty constant performance results, which is sometimes, on a normal three-tier storage architecture, harder for us to achieve because the customer doesn't want us to verify that the performance of a specific device works. What we typically have to test is that we have a constant scenario across different versions, platforms, and similar things. Here, vSAN gives us the advantage that we can actually work with it. 

We can also create test cases, which is maybe not something in other customer scenarios, but for us, it's important. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios. If someone says, "We need to run this later on on a relatively small or lower scale edge device," we can actually configure vSAN in a way that it reduces the amount of resources.

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. Otherwise, we could have that noisy neighbor effect when we work with legacy output.

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VC
CEO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful.

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Technical Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

If we decide to expand, vSAN could offer us some flexibility. We are researching ways to set this up from a new data center, which is located somewhere different from the current location right now.

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LN
Director at SOFTLOGIC

The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to deploy.

It is also easy to configure with the vCenter and the other solutions that we have. It is easy to create and delete virtual servers. It is easy to create the load balancing and the clustering, and the new version includes different features that allow us to quickly see what happened if we shut down a virtual server. It is an arrays of disks. It works like a RAID file. You shut down one server and you can start the two others that work together.

VMware vSAN is better than SimpliVity. We once tried to run SimpliVity, but it was difficult for us, because the people from HP were not easy to work with, the costs of their white papers where higher, and it was not as easy to deploy as VMware. VMware vSAN also costs for licensing, but it costs less than HPE SimpliVity and I'm not depending on the HP team. I can run it myself with my engineers.

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VB
Trainer/Consultant at Koenig Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

The policies the solution has been very good. We use them a lot.

The deduplication and compression are excellent. 

There are a couple of features which we are using right now that we really like.

It's the kind of solution that is very easy to use, which may be its most valuable aspect for our organization.

The initial setup is straightforward.

The solution overall is very easy to manage and configure.

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YK
Head of network and web at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees

We're largely happy with the solution overall. 

The performance has been good in general.

The initial setup is simple.

Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues.

The pricing is decent.

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CP
Head of IT-Department at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

When we started using vSAN, the speed (performance) of the solution was dramatically higher than the speed of our production systems. 

The integration with the rest of the DVM suite is great as always. The look and feel for the administrators is like a classic virtualization environment and it cannot be better. 

The solution is very easy to set up. 

The stability is good.

We had very good access to technical support.

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RS
Senior Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products. 

Another good feature is that you can create profiles for each VM. You can mirror one set of VMs according to another set of VMs. You can also define the quality of service for that profile.

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NP
General Manager Sales at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The single console for management is the most valuable aspect of the solution. 

The initial setup is very simple. 

The solution has been quite stable.

I have found the solution to be scalable.

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GN
IT Infrastructure Specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution's unified administration is its most valuable aspect.

Our customers like the HCI functionality, and tiering. My customers enjoy the portion of the solution that can improve the performance of virtual machines

There isn't too much learning involved when picking up the system.

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Sr. Manager-Data Center and Virtualization at Omgea Exim Ltd

The most valuable features are secure IOPs and LAN security.

Also, we can provide VMware with IOPs assurity from the vSAN policy, vSAN cluster, which is an expensive solution from the storage.

It has the iSCSI feature.

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DA
Founder at a construction company with 11-50 employees

It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure. 

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Senior Software and Systems Engineer at SAMU.IT

It's well documented.

We find it easy to deliver this solution.

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SM
Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

The solution makes management very easy.

We've found the solution to be scalable.

The stability of the solution is very good.

The installation process is very simple and straightforward.

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DN
Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution is easy to manage due to the fact that it uses the same dashboard as Center.

vSAN is okay for HCI.

The solution fits well with my requirements. 

The stability is good.

The product can scale.

I have always found the technical support to be helpful and responsive. 

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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

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.

The most valuable feature is the integration with vSphere.

The deduplication and compression work well. 

One of the benefits of using this solution is that when you need additional storage, you just add it.

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DJ
System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is stability.

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Senior presales consultant at Waseela

The scalability of the solution is most valuable.

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Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

This solution has a dashboard that you can log into and control if you need too while the VM is getting created.

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MP
Trainer in information and communication technologies at a educational organization with 51-200 employees

This solution has provided us with good performance, something we were looking for as well as integration with deployment tools. One of our main aims is to be able to deploy lab environments in an automated fashion and the product enables us to do that, providing more agility in regards to a virtual machine. We can respond to different needs, but every virtual machine will use the same storage.

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UF
System support engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is very stable.

The scalability has been quite good.

The initial setup is pretty quick and easy.

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Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc

It's stable and scalable. 

Also, you can 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.

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DN
Senior Buyer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I like the tolerance of VMware vSAN.

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VMware Technician Manager at VAS

The solution is very stable.

The installation is very easy. The deployment is fast and only takes, at a maximum, 2 days.

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MR
AVP at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

Being able to deploy multiple applications with virtual servers is the most valuable for us. 

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The solution is quite stable.

We have found the solution to be very scalable. 

For VMware, it's almost perfect.

The installation is straightforward.

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Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

One of the valuable features of vSAN is it has a universal type of technology that allows you to deploy it on any server or hardware. Competitors, such as Nutanix, provides the AOS and can be deployed only on certified hardware. For vSAN, it does not require any kind of certified hardware.

Additionally, the dashboards and user interface provide a lot of details.

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DS
Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The VCG notification feature is key for me. 

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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Fiber Misr

The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication, and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.

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AL
Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the reliability of this product because we can lose more than one host, more than one disk, and everything still works okay. It's also good on performance and agility. You can change and add things without any issues. 

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FK
Head Of Network & Technical Support at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The high availability is very good.

It's a good place to store our applications.

You can install the solution yourself.

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CTO & Co-Founder at Servers Australia

Stretched Cluster is one of the big features that we use across multiple data centers.

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MC
Senior Manager IT Services at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It has a single pane of glass for management and operational control, which is the most valuable feature. The integrated storage is also valuable.

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Information Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I like the orchestration feature. The biggest problem with the hyper-convergence solutions is storage. This is because there's often a problem with the big size of the database. The other problem is how to use and balance VM in storage and CPU memory. When you use vSAN, you have a very good orchestration part. It's the main selling point of vSAN compared to other solutions.

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Assistant General Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have found many of the features to be valuable.

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Head Of Products And Solutions Architect at a government with 201-500 employees

The solution is simple to use compared to other solutions, such as Cisco Hyperflex, Dell VxRail, and Nutanix

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IT Manager at PAFOM

The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use. The integration between different operating system is easy. It is reliable. 

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Director at Dnipro-Technocnter

The most valuable features are productivity and data storage.

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YD
Solution Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution has high performance.

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SB
Systems Operations Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient. We get everything in a bundle.

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MA
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage.

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Senior presales consultant at Waseela

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

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RA
Head of Professional Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

vSAN is very integrated.

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TC
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is easy to use.

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SA
System Engineer at GoVirtual

Overall the solution is very good.

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Business Development Manager at iVolve Technologies

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

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Network Manager at Bank of Abyssinia

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

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Co-Founder/CEO at StorSolv

The most valuable features are the reduced rack space, reduced power consumption, reduced cooling, and reduced support costs.

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