VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center.

What's New: vSAN 6.5

Learn more about significant new capabilities of vSAN 6.5.

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vSAN Product Overview

vSAN is the industry-leading software for HCI.

What vSAN Does

Enables You to Evolve Without Risk

Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions. Move forward with your current infrastructure choices by leveraging VMware’s large, proven ecosystem of partners to eliminate hardware lock-in with the broadest choice of server vendors. Continue to use your preferred third party software for data protection, file services and more. Built by VMware, enjoy the best integration with vSphere features and discover the flexibility to expand with other VMware SDDC and multi-cloud offerings as your needs grow. Protect current storage infrastructure investments with the only HCI solution built on policy-based management that extends per-VM policies and automated provisioning to modern SAN and NAS storage systems.

Scales to Tomorrow

Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers. Enjoy a common storage platform for your applications, whether running on-premises or off-premises, and use it as a stepping stone to the cloud. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premise storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.

Reduces TCO

Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx with software-defined storage that leverages server-side economics and affordable flash. Avoid large capital expenses by growing-as-you-go with on-demand, granular scaling of compute and storage that delivers predictable performance and costs. Decrease operational expenses with the rapid deployment of compute and storage infrastructure. Manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage in one tool and by one team. Additionally, accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks, from troubleshooting to performance tuning, with intelligent analytics, advanced monitoring and VM-level automation.

SPOTLIGHT 

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vSAN Customer Success Stories

Customers of all sizes and industries around the world are simplifying their IT with vSAN.

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Why HCI and Why Now?

Increase efficiency, improve flexibility, and reduce TCO.

Free vSAN Assessment

Get a free analysis of your vSphere storage environment and see how you can benefit from vSAN.

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CUSTOMER STORIES

More than 5,500 customers have rapidly adopted VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure software.

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Oregon State University

See how vSAN solves critical storage pain points for OSU.

Chambre des notaires du Québec

vSAN streamlines storage, accelerates performance for CNQ.

MORE CUSTOMER STORIES

Scores of customers worldwide across a variety of industries succeed with vSAN.

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COMPARE

Compare vSAN editions to find the best option for your VMware hyper-converged infrastructure, then choose the right hardware platform from the industry’s best HCI ecosystem. Try the vSAN TCO and Sizing Calculator and read the vSAN Licensing and Packaging White Paper.

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vSAN for Desktop

vSAN for Desktop licensing provides a different licensing option for VDI users. vSAN for Desktop is priced per concurrent user (CCU) in a VDI environment and sold in packs of 10 and 100 licenses. vSAN for Desktop is also included in the Horizon Advanced and Enterprise bundles.

vSAN for ROBO

vSAN for Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) is available for use at remote locations with low consolidation ratios. It is sold as 25-VM packs based on vSAN Standard or Advanced Editions. It is distributable across the different remote sites and is limited to a maximum of 25 virtual machines per site.

Choose the Right Hardware

We are the only vendor to partner with all leading x86 server OEMs to deliver an HCI solution with the broadest set of deployment choices, providing organizations maximum flexibility of hardware, software, licenses and support. Find the right hardware platform for your project with vSAN Ready Nodes.

GETTING STARTED 

vSAN is radically simple, enterprise-class software-defined storage powering VMware hyper-converged infrastructure. Get started by learning about vSAN at your own pace or learn with us. We offer a variety of ways to experience the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and vSAN, from live webinars to self-paced on-demand courses.

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RESOURCES 

Technical and business resources for vSAN help you at every stage, from evaluation to optimization.