VMware Virtual SAN Advanced for Desktop (v. 6) - license
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VMware Virtual SAN is a radically simple, enterprise-class shared storage solution for hyper converged infrastructure optimized for vSphere virtual machines.
VMware Virtual SAN Advanced for Desktop (v. 6) - license is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by PankajTambe from Since the storage space is local to the hosts, it reduces the overall response time and improves the performancePrimary Use CaseVirtual desktop infrastructure (VDI ( /categories/virtual-desktop )) implementation on vSAN ( /products/vmware-vsan ) with an environment of about 2000 desktops and 1000 servers.Improvements to My OrganizationTeams required to manage the storage for the entire VDI ( /categories/virtual-desktop ) infrastructure were not required after implementing the vSAN ( /products/vmware-vsan ) solution. Any seasoned VMware engineer can easily manage the whole vSAN without any issues.It is simple to manage, very easy to implement and troubleshoot in case of any failures.Valuable Features* Hot add* Upgrades* Ease of managementAny VMware engineer can easily manage vSAN, troubleshoot issues, and perform an upgrade on the vSAN without any downtime. Since the storage space is local to the hosts, it reduces the overall response time and improves the performance.Room for ImprovementSome storage tiering options can be included, like other mature storage systems. Some intelligence can be added to the newest version to provide more flexibility between storage tiers, like Nutanix ( /products/nutanix ), to make this product a true software defined storage product.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elvar B varsson from We gained fantastic performance with the benefit of simplifying the whole hardware stackPrimary Use CaseFor a new full site, vSAN was used instead of going with the usual fibre SAN. Since vSAN requires SSD ( /categories/ssd )s, it was a great way to introduce that tech to the company. If we would have gone with a traditional SAN SSD ( /categories/ssd ), it would have been an option, so a debatable feature.Improvements to My OrganizationWe gained fantastic performance with the benefit of simplifying the whole hardware stack requiring less sum of knowledge to run and maintain.Valuable FeaturesThe simplicity of everything, even though it was a new technology at the time with some quirks. The lower skill cost of maintaining it meant that we could do more with the people that we had.Room for ImprovementWhen it was implemented, we were one of the first to jump into using vSAN for production use. The main problem we had was hardware compatibility, finding the right hardware that was certified. This caused further problems because the hardware reseller had little knowledge of the requirements and we even had issues with firmware from the hardware vendor. This delayed the implementation time by a few months. This should not be a issue today, but still be cautious when choosing the hardware.Use of SolutionOne to three years.Previous SolutionsStandard fibre SAN infrastructure. We switched due to fibre switches, fibre cards, and fibre SAN.Initial SetupThe setup was very easy if you have the correct hardware and firmware.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingFactor in operational costs.Other Solutions ConsideredCompared it to a similar sized fibre SAN.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by David Dunaway from It integrates with other commonly-used VMware tools, but it lacks deduplication and wastes a lot of mass when striping across multiple nodes and vSphere hosts.Valuable FeaturesSimple to set up, manage, and integrate it with tools you’re already familiar (vCenter, vClient) with.It also gives us a policy-based storage on a per-VM level.Also if you can apply redundancies to machines, they’re all different.Improvements to My Organization* All built within hypervisor* Easily stood up with hardware you already have* Truly virtualized storage* Get rid of all hardware, and you get a much smaller footprint* Nodes can be in different datacenter, and so can stretch clusterRoom for Improvement* Good job integrating with vRealize, vCOPS, etc.* Needs complete integration with vRealize for GUI for drill down analysis* Would be nice to see features like dedupe because it wastes a lot of mass when striping across multiple nodes and vSphere hosts.Stability IssuesSome difficulty finding compatible hardware, but if you follow the HCL provided by VMware. and make sure you're buying the correct nodes, storage devices, and SSD’s that are all supported, then it’s a stable product. Even if you have problems, it's still only one phonecall.Scalability IssuesIt supports up to 64 nodes so huge scalability.Customer Service and Technical SupportAs a VMware customer for many years, sometimes it takes a few calls, but they have some brilliant people who can solve difficult technical problems.Initial Setup* Setup just a few clicks after hardware all connected, “pretty stupid easy”.* Customers can test and validate without going out and buying vSAN ready nodes.Other AdviceIt loses points because it lacks lots of performance and deduplication abilities that competitors have.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're a partner.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by Aashish from It can handle all infra tasks and due to policy based storage we can manage the I/O performance also.Valuable Features:If we are looking for a valuable prospective, then we can go with the All-Flash vSAN cluster which will provide data compression and deduplication (i.e. actual used storage 30TB; in that case deduplication will be stored in 10TB and save 20TB storage).Improvements to My Organization:Firstly, I want to offer an example in terms of the deployment process and manageability of the vSAN storage environment. vSphere admins can handle all infra tasks and, due to policy based storage, we can manage the I/O performance as well.Room for Improvement:vSAN health monitoring has room for improvement because they have many known and unknown bugs which may be resolved in a future release version.Use of Solution:We are using it for the last two and a half years, and started working with vSAN 5.5 and drives file system 1 and in the last six months it has been upgraded to vSAN version 6.2 and drive file system 3.Stability Issues:Yes, in some of cases after I have built a big vSAN cluster of 64 nodes, all hosts start showing different network partition groups. In that case, without correction, you can’t go further on next level.Scalability Issues:In scalability I didn’t face any issues.Technical Support:I can give them an 8 out of ten because it is a game-changing technology so we need to add more vSAN engineers to our team.Previous Solutions:In my past experience, I didn’t use policy based storage; I always worked with standard storage.Initial Setup:Initial setup is straightforward but somehow we need to understand the high level topology and way of working with it.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:In terms of pricing and licensing, we need to understand the requirements of the project and the cost model as well, because that has a very important effect on our project delivery.Other Solutions Considered:Nutanix and VxRail because these also serve the same function.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by ThiagoSouza from In a production environment, it increases provisioning, security and provides faster deployment.Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* Automation* RecoverPoint for VMware* Self-healing capabilityIn a production environment, these features ramp up the provisioning, security and provides faster deployment.Room for Improvement:There is not much improvement needed. If you work with the HC Platform, vSAN is not directly touched, i.e., once the HC appliance takes care of it.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for nine months (but only for sales proposal, it has not been implemented, just technical sales information).Stability Issues:I did not encounter any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any scalability issues.Technical Support:Always when I was in need of any technical support, I was promptly answered by them.Initial Setup:As I have worked with the HC Platform, the setup was very simple and easy.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:For Latin America, the costs are very higher; even if you go deep on functionalities, but still it is sellable.Other Advice:Work hard on the sizing matters.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a business partner.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by DennisLefeber from The most valuable feature is its simplicity of implementation.Valuable Features:The feature that is most valuable is the simplicity of implementation, as you only have to enable the feature on the already existing cluster(s).Improvements to My Organization:For a PaaS platform which I’ve developed the scalability of VMware, vSAN was a necessary feature as we could grow with the onboard customers.Room for Improvement:As the product is very scalable, it is not scalable in a way that the different host sizes could effectively be added to an existing cluster. All the hosts/disk configuration has to be consistent, for a consistent performance experience.Use of Solution:I’ve been using VMware vSAN for about two years, i.e., since VMware vSAN 6.0 was released.Stability Issues:The stability of VMware vSAN 6.0 is good, you sometimes have to resynchronize the data over the cluster (which is a single button task).Scalability Issues:As stated earlier, all the hosts have to be exactly the same for a consistent performance experience, which limits the scalability of the product. Also, the computer and storage components within the HCI solution are linked to each other, it’s not possible to add only storage nodes.Technical Support:The documentation of VMware vSAN is good. I’ve had no experience with VMware support regarding vSAN.Previous Solutions:I haven’t used a different HCI solution before.Initial Setup:The initial setup is really straightforward, you only have to enable it on the VMware cluster. But, before the initial setup you will have to check the HCL of vSAN for the compatibility of the different components. With VMware vSAN ready nodes, this process is made simple, but it still is something you have to take in consideration.Cost and Licensing Advice:VMware vSAN is licensed per CPU and the cost is to the other VMware (and Microsoft) product. VMware vSAN is reasonable priced, but with the addition of more nodes to the cluster, the needed CPU licenses (for VMware/Microsoft/etc) are increasing rapidly, which makes it an expensive solution.Other Solutions Considered:I’ve looked at SimpliVity, but it has a special hardware requirement whereby it failed in terms of the project-requirements.Other Advice:Use VMware vSAN for special use-cases only and don’t use it as an all-purpose storage solution.Use VMware vSAN for VDI, small VSI, and dev-test environments. Don’t use it for messaging/database solutions as the licensing costs are huge.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adnan Majeed from It provides high availability without needing a full vCentre/host license or a physical SAN. There are bugs in the SAN Health Check utility.Valuable Features:* HA* No physical SAN overheadHaving high availability without the need for a full vCentre/host license is a plus that, along with not needing a physical SAN, makes this solution great when you need functionality without the extra overhead of additional hardware and licences.Improvements to My Organization:It accelerated our P2V plan.Room for Improvement:There are bugs in the SAN Health Check utility. It misreports latency issues when the hosts are actual within the correct tolerances. I have been on the phone with VMware about this and they have said it’s a bug.Use of Solution:I have used it for 10 months.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues yet.Scalability Issues:We have not crossed this bridge yet.Technical Support:So far, technical support is 8/10.Previous Solutions:We did not previously use a different solution.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:Licensing is fairly straightforward.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:Take a look at the network requirements and use 10GbE.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by SeniorSy7ca6 from You can set up storage policies and assign them at the disk level.Valuable Features:* Allows for very easy administration* You don't have LUNs to set up and assign* The ability to set up storage policies and assign them at the disk level* Allows for different setups for different workload requirementsImprovements to My Organization:* Allows for the expansion of our public library patron computer environment into a three-node VMware cluster using commodity servers* Eliminates the need for expensive disk arrays and controllers* Provides greater reliability and performanceUse of Solution:We have been using vSAN in one environment for about eight months and in another environment for about four months.Deployment Issues:The only issue I encountered during deployment was with the hardware and not with vSAN itself.The disks in the new servers were installed at the factory as RAID disks. I had to mark them as non-RAID disks so that vSAN would be able to see them correctly in order to add them to disk groups.Stability Issues:There have been no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues with scalability.Technical Support:Fortunately, I have not had to contact support for any issues with my implementations.Previous Solutions:We chose VMware vSAN for these reasons:* It is part of the ESXi kernel. This allows for the product to be very fast with little overhead.* It is included in the Enterprise Plus version of ESXi. Compared with competing products, it provides great cost savings.We have a Nutanix environment running in production as well.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward as was learning the vSAN environment.The complexity comes in setting up and managing the storage policies. These can be simple or complex depending on the environment.When using VMware Horizon View, there are several storage policies that are auto-created and managed. Creating and managing your own policies and rule sets depend on your needs and workloads.ROI:VMware vSAN is included in the enterprise plus level of software that we purchased. Our cost savings were due to buying commodity server hardware with local hard drives instead of investing in large SAN hardware.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.