umenz wrote:I think Server Hardware with NVMe Cache is faster than "entry" SANs in the same pricing league.
I love VSAN as a technology.
However, I always felt it comes out too expensive due to high software licensing costs. The total price just did not seem right to me when it did not provide most of the features you can get from those entry-level SANs - most of which these days are just scaled-down version of their enterprise-class version, and thus are extremely feature-rich.
May be things have changed around VSAN licensing last time I looked though (when it first came out). But here is the thing - they changed in the SAN market too, where due to fierce competition you can now get entry-level all-flash SAN for under USD 20,000 (I am thinking HP 3PAR 8000 series, for example). It is some serious hardware with functionality VSAN cannot even dream about.
Can you share your pricing estimates for VSAN with NVMe Cache? What is the licensing like for 4 nodes, which is the absolute minimum for VSAN?