vSAN pairs great with branch and remote offices
June 29, 2019

vSAN pairs great with branch and remote offices

Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware vSAN

vSAN is deployed in our branch locations with small vSphere clusters. It allows us to run storage within the same ESXi hosts without an external array required for shared storage. It has allowed us to use the existing drive bays in our ESXi hosts to create a software-defined SAN.
  • Creates a software-defined SAN in a hyper-converged form factor.
  • It's simple to deploy and configure.
  • It integrates into existing vSphere tools and consoles, decreasing the learning curve.
  • It allows us external access to storage with iSCSI connectivity.
  • An expanded HCL could assist with more compatibility, becoming less of a problem as new versions are released.
  • vSAN offsets our costs of maintaining a separate discrete storage array at each site.
  • ROBO pricing lowers our TCO within the branch locations.
  • SSD drive prices have decreased significantly, allowing a lot broader all-flash deployments for our uses.
vSAN is far more integrated than any other SDS solution running on vSphere. It is also a simpler deployment and management model.
vSAN works very well in the branch or remote office use case. It is also well suited for smaller data center deployments.