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VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop (v. 6) - license

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VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple hypervisor-converged storage. Virtual SAN introduces a new high performance storage tier optimized for virtual environments that is simple, resilient and efficient and reduces the total cost of ownership.

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

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Brand: VMware
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: VMware VPP Licensing Prog
Model: for Desktop
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: VMware Virtual SAN

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Pricing Level: Level 1
Pricing Range: 250-599

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License Qty: 100 concurrent users
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Licensing Program: VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP)
Version: 6

Product Reviews
VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop (v. 6) - license is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can set up storage policies and assign them at the disk level. Valuable Features:I find that vSAN allows for very easy administration. The fact that you don't have LUNs to set up and assign is great. The ability to set up storage policies and assign them at the disk level is also a great part of this product. You can allow for different setups for different workload requirements.Improvements to My Organization:vSAN allowed for the expansion of our Public Library Patron computer environment into a three-node VMware cluster using commodity servers. This eliminated the need for expensive disk arrays and controllers while providing greater reliability and performance.Use of Solution:We have been using vSAN in one environment for about eight months and 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 for addition to disk groups.Stability Issues:We have had no issues with stability.Technical Support:Fortunately, I have not had to contact support for any issues with my implementations.Previous Solutions:We have a Nutanix environment running in production as well. We chose VMware vSAN for several reasons. First, the vSAN solution is part of the ESXi kernel. This allows for the product to be very fast with little overhead. Secondly, vSAN is included in the Enterprise Plus version of ESXi which, compared to competing products, provides a great cost savings.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 purchase. Our cost savings is in 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: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We are a service provider and we build IaaS clusters on top of it. Valuable Features:In our model, the price of vSAN storage space is a bit lower than SATA-based storage space from other storages, and vSAN usually has better characteristics (IOPS + latency).We can easily scale up our vSAN cluster horizontally. All we need is to buy the same hardware nodes and put them in racks.vSAN has better integration with virtualization than any other datastore.Stretched All Flash vSAN is the leading product to build a disaster recovery solution. We have a plan to build it in near future.Improvements to My Organization:It’s simple: We are service provider and if a solution can give us new opportunities, it is a good solution. We can build economically effective IaaS clusters on top of vSAN.Room for Improvement:vSAN is very complex inside. For example, you need to have a plan for any emergency situation, beginning from the PoC stage; how you monitor SSD and HDD; how you change them. It looks simple, but you cannot just remove a broken component and an install new one. Under the vSAN layer, you need many accurate steps to make these simple actions.And when you operate a big environment, you need to have more tools to control the health of the solution, to troubleshoot issues and so on. VMware has improved this side from 5.5 to 6.5, and there’s still room for it.vSAN is not a hardware-agnostic product. We would like to have more compatible SAS controllers and other components in the market. There is room for improvement for both hardware vendors and for VMware.On the other hand, vSAN is a production-ready solution and all these possible improvements are cosmetic issues.Use of Solution:We have used it from the vSAN 5.5 release date, more than two years.We use VMware vSAN 5.5 with the latest updates in our products.The first product is a B2B sector solution, CloudLine, and we sell space on vSAN as one of the storage tiers.The second one is our B2C solution, CloudLite.ru. It looks like Digital Ocean – we sell IaaS to retail customers in the mass market.We have plans to build new clusters using vSAN 6.5.Stability Issues:We have encountered stability issues. We had run many tests with vSAN before production. To avoid any issues with vSAN stability, one needs HCL hardware and compatible BIOS drivers for each of the components. The crucial part is that you need HBA without RAID and with disk pass-through, which is important. Finally, you need strong network expertise and a solid network.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered any scalability issues; you can scale vSAN horizontally without any issues. But you need to start from 5 (!) nodes; not 3 or 4. It’s a long story – why? :)Technical Support:Rating technical support is not a simple question. VMware has great technical experts at level 2 and 3, and they are always available if you have severity 1 issue. Technical support is not so good for minor issues.Previous Solutions:Previously we use traditional datastores - NetApp, EMC, IBM. And we continue to use it.Initial Setup:Initially, you need to have enough expertise. You need to read some popular bloggers and select hardware from “recommended nodes”. And then you can start a PoC.Cost and Licensing Advice:We are part of the VMware vCAN program, so our licensing is different from the retail model and it’s comfortable for us.Other Solutions Considered:We keep an eye on all solutions that come to the market. We have tested SimpliVity and Nutanix. We use MS Storage Spaces in our production. All these products have their pros and cons.Other Advice:You need to use it for the reason of economical efficiency. It’s one of VMware’s great products.vSAN is a great product, and we see improvement from 5.5 to 6 and 6.5.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uses the same servers the hypervisor uses. Valuable Features:* Converged solution for shared storageWhen configuring a HA vSphere cluster, you need shared storage. Traditionally, one would need a SAN or NAS to provide this kind of HA. Using vSAN, you can use the same servers as the hypervisor uses for the vSAN storage. No SAN or NAS is needed and much less hardware is needed to provide the same HA solution.Improvements to My Organization:* No need for additional storage* Hypervisor can provide storage as well* Integration in a virtualization stackRoom for Improvement:I would like to see improvement in monitoring and performance statistics. When installing the product, it has limited statistics. The default vCenter statistics are available, but deep IOPS/latency and block sizing is absent. You can connect vRealize Operations to vSAN, giving much more information, but this is not available by default.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for two years.Stability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with scalability. I suggest starting with a four-node cluster.Technical Support:I would give technical support a rating of 7/10.Previous Solutions:We use this solution along with another solution, so there was no hard switch.Initial Setup:It is easy for a VMware administrator to install.Cost and Licensing Advice:We use it in a cloud-provider model based on usage. The end user pricing is not known.Other Advice:Start with a four-node cluster.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Cloud Provider (customer using product in a usage model: vCAN)
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It adapts to workloads with specific storage policies for virtual machines. Valuable Features:Centered on the VMs, it provides simple and centralized management from a single console. VMware vSAN is focused on the virtual machine and not on a datastore or mon. This allows it to adapt to the workload faster with specific storage policies for virtual machines, without needing to change the storage as in a traditional environment.Improvements to My Organization:Having a single data store for virtual machines, the production of IT administrators has improved because they do not need to work with many LUNs and storage.Room for Improvement:The web console, VMware vSphere Web Client, is not based on HTML5, which makes it difficult to manage. It slows down and page refresh is not fast; time is wasted. I know that vSphere 6.5 is already based on HTML5.Use of Solution:I have used it for one year.Stability Issues:I did not encounter any stability issues, as long as it complies with the compatibility matrix.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues; very easy to scale.Technical Support:I have not encountered any problems; no calls to support, but support is very good.Previous Solutions:We previously used a traditional environment. We switched because the hyperconverged systems is very easy to deploy, it can scale and provides performance.Initial Setup:If you do not know about this technology, you cannot put it into production easily, but I know about vSAN, so it was very easy to deploy a vSAN environment.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's a bit pricey. Indeed, there is hardly any price difference with a traditional setting, but it makes that up with the management and ease of use.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, we also evaluated HPE VSA, Nutanix, and DataCore.Other Advice:Both vSAN and Nutanix give very good performance, but the support when the infrastructure works with VMware is a simple support; with Nutanix, you have two support vendors if the hypervisor is VMware. Nutanix has a proprietary hypervisor based on KVM.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have a partnership with VMware.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You can populate an empty HDD slot on the host with a disk and the tool adds the additional storage. Valuable Features:The most valuable vSAN features are:* Ability to scale easy: Adding additional storage is so easy. You just populate an empty HDD slot on the host with a disk and vSAN will automatically add the additional storage to the storage pool. No specialized skills are required.* Performance and cost/storage efficiency: With vSAN, you get SSD-like performance with a mix of spinning and solid-state disks at a fraction of the cost. We use a ratio of 30/70 SSDs to spinning disks, respectively, for a high-performance SAN that is within our budget.* Resilience: We tried to break our vSAN PoC instance to test its robustness. We pulled out hard drives while they were being written to and we unplugged server nodes, and we never lost a VM.* Ease of use: We set up vSAN with a few mouse clicks in vCenter. We couldn’t believe how simple it was to setup and configure.Improvements to My Organization:We are able to deploy vSAN clusters to remote locations very easily at a fraction of the cost. This saves us time and money. We don’t have to worry about stability issues.Room for Improvement:Support for iSCSI access would be great, but this may be supported in the latest versions of vSAN.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for two years.Stability Issues:In terms of stability, vSAN is very resilient, self-adapting, and self-healing. In the two years that I’ve worked with vSAN, I haven’t experienced any vSAN stability issues.Scalability Issues:There haven't been any issues with scalability. Adding additional storage was as simple as inserting a hard drive into a hard drive bay or adding an additional server node to the data center cluster. That was all we had to do, and vSAN auto-configured everything.Technical Support:We had a VMware vSAN engineer present to set up our very first vSAN cluster. There was nothing to it, but it was great to have an expert on-site for questions and to provide us with training. Other than that, we have never had to log a support request with VMware for vSAN.Previous Solutions:We didn’t use a virtual SAN solution previously. We just used traditional, and very expensive, SAN storage arrays. We moved to vSAN because our budget wasn’t getting any bigger, but our storage requirements were increasing.Initial Setup:The setup was straightforward. It literally took a few mouse clicks to setup vSAN.Cost and Licensing Advice:You get better value for your money with a vSAN solution than with a traditional SAN with lower TCO.Other Solutions Considered:We looked briefly at alternatives, but nothing stood out like vSAN. Nutanix was another solution, but surprisingly, it would have costed us more.Other Advice:Get a vSAN specialist to come out and spec your vSAN cluster according to your requirements. Have him configure it and test that it is performing properly.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm able to manage it easily from the web client as it's fully integrated in the VMware stack. As an improvement, I'm looking forward to VSAN Observer being transitioned into the web client. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of VSAN are consistent and increased performance with a linear cost which helped us in our data center.Using VSAN Observer, we were able to see exactly what the VSAN environment is doing on a day to day basis, so we've gotten to really enjoy that interface.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits that we're seeing are directly related to our customers. They have better experiences using their EMR and practice management systems.The manageability is better, it's definitely fully integrated into the VMware stack so it's very easy to use from the web client.Room for Improvement:The features I am most looking forward to are the performance monitoring capabilities of VSAN Observer being transitioned into the web client. That's what I'm really looking forward to.UPDATE: Capacity and performance monitoring is now available in the web client and works well in 6.2. I am looking forward to DARE(data at rest encryption) in the next version.Use of Solution:We have used vSAN for approximately a two years.Deployment Issues:We had one issue with deployment, which was related to using the legacy vsphere client to place the hosts into maintenance mode. Which is easily resolved by using the web client for maintenance.Stability Issues:The stability exceeds what we're currently on from a standard SAN platform.Scalability Issues:The scalability is much greater than the current SAN that we're on because we're technically locked in to a certain number of discs and a certain number of performance and so the scalability is drastically improved. We currently have a four node cluster and we're going to be just incrementally moving off of our legacy SAN.UPDATE: We expanded our cluster to five vsan nodes however we are now in process of retrofitting four legacy hosts for a total of nine vsan nodes.Technical Support:Technical support was very responsive, the technical support staff was. Specifically patching hosts, we inadvertently caused VSANdata evacuations during the middle of the day. Whereas, if you were to do a maintenance mode with non-evacuation, that wouldn't happen but they were able to get to the root cause and provide us an answer on why that happened.Previous Solutions:We made the jump to VSAN primarily due to cost renewals going up year over year on traditional platforms. The software and hardware costs that we see now is just linear, we know what it's going to be.We actually have been with VMware for quite a while so we made the choice to use VSAN because of that partnership that we have had over the years. We're fully focused in VMware and we love the product. That's why we chose VSAN.Initial Setup:I wasn't familiar at all with VSAN at the time, so there was a little learning curve there but outside of that it would be comparable to setting up a legacy SAN environment.Cost and Licensing Advice:We actually, just by incrementally increasing the cost of our servers, plus the licensing, we were able to linearly scale our environment as opposed to doing forklift upgrades.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated other all-flash arrays and hyper converged infrastructure.Other Advice:Everybody wants to say 10 and I would say it's going to be a 10. I love VSAN and I would say it's probably an 8 and there's room for improvement. It's constantly being worked on and I think it's going to be the storage platform going forward.Colleagues looking into VSAN, I would recommend looking into the VSAN Ready Nodes, they're pre-configured and you can customize your build to whatever you want really, without having to build your own necessarily.We aren't currently using the Ready Nodes, but I could see where a Ready Node would be beneficial for deployment. The time to deploy would be improved using a Ready Node.Peer reviews and peer contents are amazing things to be doing. That's part of the reason why we come here. We want to maintain our relevance, industry wide, and so we always constantly bounce ideas off of other peers in the industry.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it as the basis for DMZ environments, production environments, and DR sites. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of the product are its basic functionality and that it's all simple.Improvements to My Organization:We are a partner and we're using Virtual SAN for nearly more than half of our customers, VMware-based customers, and we use it as the basis for DMZ environments, production environments, and DR sites. It's getting a lot better to sell VMware solutions and to make the customer happy.Room for Improvement:I'm part of the feature program, so I know what's going to come up in the next version.Room for improvement would be support for more NVMe-based devices and especially firmer combinations; that's sometimes a problem. Also, support for special SES controllers. We have some special customer settings where we solved the customer’s special configuration nearly two years ago, and now it's no longer supported officially for the newest release. There’s room for improvement there.Stability Issues:We started with VSAN nearly from the beginning, almost two years ago. We had some blue screens of death at the beginning, but that was only due to hardware problems. Today, it's very stable and nearly rock solid; so, very nice.Scalability Issues:Most of our customers are using it for up to eight hosts in a cluster. Normally, we know - and our customers know - that you can easily scale up to 64 machines, but today, up to eight is absolutely enough.Technical Support:Technical support is very good. I have only used it two times. There was a driver firmware issue; that's all. We extracted all the log files and prepared them for support. They were able to identify the problem within, let me think, about four to six hours; so, really good.Previous Solutions:We were pretty happy with the release before, the VSA version, but it was discontinued. We are part of the roadmap discussion and we're going to know what comes up next, so we're pretty happy with the new release.Initial Setup:Initial setup and implementation was pretty easy. It's all about the design and all about the thinking process at the beginning of a product; so implementation was pretty easy.Other Solutions Considered:We're a VMware partner, and a Nutanix ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/nutanix ) partner, and a SimpliVity ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/simplivity-omnicube ) partner and a Cisco OpFlex partner. Personally, VSAN is the best solution.For example, SimpliVity does well with applications, but it depends on the hardware. Nutanix are a little bit too aggressive at customer sites and they are switching gears to Acropolis and other strange kind of things. Cisco OpFlex is just a licensed version and it's not in place like VMware's VSAN is, so VSAN is the best solution.Other Advice:I would like to give them a perfect rating if the VMware driver issues, especially with NVMEs, are going to be fixed. Then I would absolutely agree a perfect rating, because we've set up with customers using VSAN Hybrid. We have customers using VSAN All-Flash and it's so simple for the customer to implement, to troubleshoot... It's all about the design and thinking process at the beginning of a project. That's why we are there as a partner.My advice is to definitely test it out; not listen to all the marketing stuff. Test it out on real-life environments, and especially test it out on newer systems. Don’t test it out on five- or six-year-old servers, because you won’t be able to get the best performance.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is a partner.
Date published: 2016-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm able to manage it easily from the web client as it's fully integrated in the VMware stack. As an improvement, I'm looking forward to VSAN Observer being transitioned into the web client. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of VSAN are consistent and increased performance with a linear cost which helped us in our data center.Using VSAN Observer, we were able to see exactly what the VSAN environment is doing on a day to day basis, so we've gotten to really enjoy that interface.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits that we're seeing are directly related to our customers. They have better experiences using their EMR and practice management systems.The manageability is, it's definitely fully integrated into the VMware stack so it's very easy to use from the web client.Room for Improvement:The features I am most looking forward to are the performance monitoring capabilities of VSAN Observer being transitioned into the web client. That's what I'm really looking forward to.Use of Solution:We have used vSAN for approximately a year.Deployment Issues:We had one issue with deployment, which was related to using the legacy vsphere client to place the hosts into maintenance mode. Which is easily resolved by using the web client for maintenance.Stability Issues:The stability exceeds what we're currently on from a standard SAN platform.Scalability Issues:The scalability is much greater than the current SAN that we're on because we're technically locked in to a certain number of discs and a certain number of performance and so the scalability is drastically improved. We currently have a four node cluster and we're going to be just incrementally moving off of our legacy SAN.Technical Support:They were very responsive, the technical support staff was. Specifically patching hosts and, what I did not know, was the default action is to evacuate the host so it actually created a situation where it was doing host evacuations during the middle of the day. Whereas, if you were to do a maintenance mode with non-evacuation, that wouldn't happen but they were able to get to the root cause and provide us an answer on why that happened.Previous Solutions:We made the jump to VSAN primarily due to cost renewals going up year over year on traditional platforms. The software and hardware costs that we see now is just linear, we know what it's going to be.We actually have been with VMware for quite a while so we made the choice to use VSAN because of that partnership that we have had over the years. We're fully focused in VMware and we love the product. That's why we chose VSAN.Initial Setup:I wasn't familiar at all with VSAN at the time, so there was a little learning curve there but outside of that it would be comparable to setting up a legacy SAN environment.Cost and Licensing Advice:We actually, just by incrementally increasing the cost of our servers, plus the licensing, we were able to linearly scale our environment as opposed to doing forklift upgrades.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated other all-flash arrays and hyper converged infrastructure.Other Advice:Everybody wants to say 10 and I would say it's going to be a 10. I love VSAN and I would say it's probably an 8 and there's room for improvement. It's constantly being worked on and I think it's going to be the storage platform going forward.Colleagues looking into VSAN, I would recommend looking into the VSAN Ready Nodes, they're pre-configured and you can customize your build to whatever you want really, without having to build your own necessarily.We aren't currently using the Ready Nodes, but I could see where a Ready Node would be beneficial for deployment. The time to deploy would be improved using a Ready Node.Peer reviews and peer contents are amazing things to be doing. That's part of the reason why we come here. We want to maintain our relevance, industry wide, and so we always constantly bounce ideas off of other peers in the industry.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-04-07
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