vsan stickerLast year I dedicated an entire week to AirWatch and called it, AirWatch Week.  Turns out it was a big hit with readers as some of those posts remain my most read in the past 6 months.  With the success of AirWatch week, I thought it would be great to put the spotlight on one of VMware’s most incredible gems, Virtual SAN aka vSAN.  vSAN was introduced at VMworld 2013 with a public beta.  Since then vSAN has experience massive growth and adoption in datacenter across the world.  vSAN has taken the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)  stack and made it even better.  Let’s take a look at the major components of VMware’s SDDC stack, they are:

  • VMware NSX (Software Defined Networking)
  • VMware vSphere (Compute Virtualization)
  • VMware vSAN (Software Defined Storage)
  • vRealize Suite (Management & Automation)

The SDDC stack gives any organization all the tools they need to fully manage, automate, and operate their datacenter.  vSAN really stands out as one of the best features of VMware’s SDDC stack.  Here’s a short list of vSAN highlights that will give you an idea of what vSAN does and how it can benefit you as an administrator and/or decision maker.

  • vSAN is simple to install – it comes natively embedded in the hypervisor, so setting up vSAN is literally just a few clicks.
  • vSAN is agile – with vSAN you can scale on-demand and customize I/O.  vSAN allows users to experience up to 90K OPS per host with all flash and scale up to 64 hosts per cluster, allowing companies to scale up quickly and efficiently.
  • vSAN is easy to manage – Above and beyond installation, vSAN is easy to manage, everything can be done from the vSphere Web Client.
  • vSAN offers a lower TCO – total cost of ownership (TCO) is a big consideration when architecting your datacenter.  vSAN can be installed on inexpensive commodity x86 servers.  To give you a good idea of your TCO with vSAN, check out this vSAN TCO calculator.

This is not a sales pitch!

Ok, now you should have a good idea, at least from a very fluffy, salesy perspective, but that is not how vSAN Week is going to go for vDestination and its readers.  Various guest posters will be pitching in to write some great vSAN posts, along with how-to’s and various troubleshooting gotchas. Towards the end of the week, there will be a vSAN book review and giveaway that you don’t want to miss.  If there is something you would like to see specifically on vSAN, please reach out via the Contact Me page or twitter and we will do our best to get it posted.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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