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VMware Virtual SAN Enterprise (v. 6) - upgrade license - 1 processor

Mfg. Part: ST6-ST-EN-UG-A | CDW Part: 4037881 | UNSPSC: 43233006
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  • (v. 6)
  • upgrade license
  • 1 processor
  • upgrade from Standard
  • academic
VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple, enterprise-class storage for VMware hyper-converged software solutions. Uniquely embedded in the hypervisor, Virtual SAN delivers flash-optimized, high-performance storage for hyper-converged infrastructure. It leverages commodity x86 components that easily scale to drastically lower TCO. Seamless integration with VMware vSphere and the entire VMware stack makes it an incredibly simple storage platform for virtual machines - whether running business-critical applications, virtual desktops or remote IT applications.

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Category: Utilities
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Utilities - storage virtualization

Brand: VMware
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Vmware
Model: Enterprise
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: VMware Virtual SAN

License Pricing: Academic

License Category: License
License Qty: 1 processor
License Type: Upgrade license
Upgrade from: Standard
Version: 6

Software Upgrade Details
License Qty: 1 processor
Software Type: VMware Virtual SAN Standard
Version: 6

System Requirements
Software Requirements: VMware vSphere 6 or higher

Product Reviews
VMware Virtual SAN Enterprise (v. 6) - upgrade license is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in. Valuable Features:The most important feature for us is the converged infrastructure, which is all this tool is about. There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in with the vSAN tool. Storage is managed via policies. Define a policy and apply it to the datastore/virtual machine and the software-defined storage does the rest. These are valuable features.Scalability and future upgrades are a piece of cake. If you want more IOPS, then add disk groups and/or nodes on the fly. If you want to upgrade the hardware, then add new servers and retire the old ones. No service breaks at all.The feature that we have not yet implemented but are looking at, is the ability to extend the cluster to our other site in order to handle DR situations.Improvements to My Organization:Provisioning virtual machines has been simplified, as there is no provisioning/management of the separate storage layer and it is no more in question.Room for Improvement:The management client, i.e., the Flash-based client, is just not up to the mark. I’m really waiting for the HTML5 client to be fully ready and all the features are implemented to it. This, of course, is not a vSAN issue but a vSphere issue.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for around a year.Stability Issues:Stability has not been an issue for us. We have not run into any serious software faults. VMware ESXi is a mature product with very few problems and today, vSAN is also getting there.Scalability Issues:The scalability of the product is way beyond our needs.Technical Support:L1 technical support, which I have mostly been dealing with, has been pretty solid, especially the guys in Ireland, who do handle it pretty well, both technically and in reference to the customer service aspect.Previous Solutions:We did not have any comparable solution previously. We did previously use traditional SAN / NAS environments from where the storage areas were provisioned for the VMware clusters.Initial Setup:The initial setup was quite straightforward. All in all, it took three days to complete the entire process; that included installation of the hardware itself, installation of ESXi onto the hardware, creating the data center and the cluster, configuring the networks and multicasting on the surrounding network infrastructure, defining all the disk groups and networks at the cluster, and finally turning the vSAN on. vSAN was the simplest part of the whole process.Cost and Licensing Advice:As VMware products are licensed per number of sockets, you need to think this fully through. However, don’t go cheap on the number of hosts. You’ll thank me later.Other Solutions Considered:We got presentations both from SimpliVity and Nutanix. No serious evaluation of other products was made. We did evaluate vSAN a couple months before the purchase, so as to get familiar with it, and we do have a lab environment now to play with.In hindsight, we could have carried out a more-thorough evaluation of vSAN to get a really good feel about it; maybe even run a part of your actual production there for an extended period of time to see all the pros and cons.Other Advice:Study the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) carefully with your server hardware provider and make sure all the components/firmware versions are on the HCL; either that or buy predefined hardware, a.k.a. vSAN-ready nodes, from a certified vendor. Always make sure that the hardware and firmware levels are on par with the HCL. You may have to upgrade; for example, you may need to upgrade the disk controller firmware when the updates to ESXi are installed. VMware does a pretty good job here and vCenter tells you that there are inconsistencies. However, you should still be prepared for that in advance, before actually installing the updates.Don’t go with the minimum number of (storage) nodes, as that won’t give you enough room for a hardware failure during a scheduled maintenance break. For a minimum setup, without advanced options in vSAN 6.5 such as deduplication, compression and when Failures to Tolerate (FTT) = 1, the required number of nodes is three. VMware recommends in best practices a minimum number of four nodes. Do yourself a favour and go with at least that or even five would be good.When disk groups are designed, it is always better to have more smaller disk groups than a few larger disk groups. This increases your availability, decreases time to heal from disk troubles and gives you an improved performance, as there are more cache devices.If your budget allows it, then go with the all-flash storage. If not, go with even more disk groups. Our cluster has pretty good performance; although we have spinning disks, the read latency usually stays below 1ms and write latency stays below 2ms.Plan your network infrastructure carefully, especially that part which handles the vSAN traffic. Go with separate 10G switches and dual interfaces for each server just for vSAN. Handle the virtual machine traffic, migration traffic and management traffic elsewhere. Go with 10G or faster, if you need that. Don’t use 1G for vSAN traffic, unless your environment is really small or is a lab.Plan your backup / restore strategy really well and test it through. Test restore periodically for both full virtual machines and single files inside virtual machines. To carry out test restore is always important, but with vSAN it is even more so, as all your eggs are in the same basket and there are no more traditional .vmdk files that you can fiddle with. A separate test / lab vSAN cluster would be really good to test various things such as installing updates, restoring backups etc.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Policies can be applied per virtual disk instead of applied on an entire volume. Valuable Features:I like this solution because policies (such as resiliency) are applied per virtual disk instead of applied on an entire volume.In a standard SAN solution, and in almost all software-defined storage solutions, the resiliency is applied to an entire volume. For example, you create a volume (or LUN) and you choose RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and so on. With vSAN, the notion of volume that we know with SAN doesn’t exist. Instead we have VVOL. Thanks to this, we can apply specific settings like the resiliency per virtual disk. It is more flexible because we don’t need to dedicate an entire volume for a specific resiliency.Improvements to My Organization:I’m a consultant, so I don’t have vSAN in my organization. But customers take this solution to increase efficiency, scalability and ease of management.Room for Improvement:Currently, vSAN supports stretched cluster. You need to have the exact same number of nodes in each room and only the RAID 1 resiliency is supported. I hope in the future that vSAN supports also the RAID 5 and RAID 6 resiliency mode for stretched cluster.Use of Solution:I have been working with this solution for seven months.Stability Issues:Some customers report that resync doesn’t work very well.Scalability Issues:We have not had scalability issues.Technical Support:I rate technical support 3.5/5.Previous Solutions:As a consultant, I use different solutions, such as Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, and Nutanix.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward because a wizard helps you to enable vSAN.Cost and Licensing Advice:The license price is too expensive compared to other market actors.Other Solutions Considered:I will evaluate alternatives depending on customer’s needs, but I compare it with Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix.Other Advice:Be careful about the chosen hardware, especially HBA, storage devices and CPU depending on deduplication or not.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-12
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