Get shared storage benefits without the shared storage cost and complexity. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) transforms the local storage within your servers into a shared storage resource that runs your virtualized applications. VSA allows you to achieve business continuity and eliminates any single point of failure within your IT environment. With VSA, you can:
- Deploy and manage cost-effective software-based shared storage easily
- Get High Availability without shared storage hardware
- Enable business continuity protection for any small environment
- Find out what’s new in VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1
Shared Storage for Small Environments
Enjoy the benefits of shared storage even if you don’t have shared storage hardware. Virtualization often means dealing with complex shared storage for the first time. For example, a SAN configuration may require an FC Switch, a Server HBA, FC cables, and an external RAID storage hardware. Not anymore. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is a software-based shared storage solution that enables customers to realize the High Availability and automation capabilities of vSphere without the requirement of shared storage hardware. It enables customers to realize the High Availability and automation capabilities of vSphere without the requirement of shared storage hardware.
Deploy and manage cost-effective software-based shared storage easily
With VSA, you can achieve the benefits of virtualization with a cost-effective and easily deployed shared storage solution that centralizes and simplifies management of your IT resources. Install VSA when you virtualize for the first time or deploy on existing vSphere clusters without disruption. VSA’s native integration with vCenter Server allows you to centrally install and manage all your compute and storage resources in one or multiple clusters from one instance of vCenter Server. As your storage needs increase, expand storage capacity by adding more hard disk drives.
Get High Availability without shared storage hardware
With VSA, you can configure vSphere’s continuous availability features for your business applications in just a few clicks. Restart virtual machines automatically when a server fails. Perform maintenance with zero impact to the end user by migrating applications live from one server to another using vMotion. Survive IT failures with resilient data protection that eliminates any single point of failure within your IT environment.
Enable business continuity protection for any small environment
With VSA, you can enable business continuity protection for any small environment, whether you are a SMB or a large company with a network of branch offices that are constrained by budget and technical skills. Extend efficiency and availability to your entire IT environment by enabling unique vSphere capabilities such as High Availability, vMotion, and DRS—all without the cost and complexity of deploying a SAN.