In august last year, VMware announced the first public beta of Virtual SAN (VSAN), a software-defined storage tier embedded directly within vSphere 5.5 hypervisor (but licensed separately). It constitutes (with NSX) one of the key components of VMware’s vision of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Now VMware has announced that VSAN is generally available.
Customers will be able to deploy VSAN nodes in a couple of ways:
- Ready Node, a single tested pre-configured server
- Ready Block,a tested pre-configured set of servers for use with Virtual SAN.
VMware will be cooperating with Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM and Supermicro which will jointly create both Ready Node and Ready Block components.
- By selecting individual components from the VSAN compatibility guide.
- Any server on vSphere Hardware Compatibility List
- Multi-level cell SSD (or better) or PCIe SSD
- SAS/NL-SAS HDD, Select SATA HDDs
- 6Gb enterprise-grade HBA/RAID controller