VMware Virtual SAN is a radically simple, enterprise-class shared storage solution for hyper-converged infrastructure optimized for today’s all-flash performance.

Create software-defined shared storage for virtual machines and reduce TCO as much as 50 percent with VMware Virtual SAN.

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Virtual San Product Overview

Virtual SAN is a new radically simple, enterprise-class shared storage for hyper-converged infrastructure.

What Virtual SAN Delivers

Radically Simple Storage

Make your job easier by simplifying storage provisioning and management for vSphere. Deploy storage with just a few mouse clicks from the vSphere Web Client and enjoy native integration with the VMware stack. Virtual machine-centric storage policies automate storage services levels on a per-VM basis.

Advanced Availability and Management

Customers of all industries and sizes trust Virtual SAN to run their business-critical workloads, from key business applications to thousands of virtual desktops. Virtual SAN ensures that data is never lost if a disk, host, network or rack fails and can even tolerate entire site failures with synchronous replication and stretched clusters.

50% Lower TCO

Deploy on inexpensive industry-standard server components to remove large, upfront investments. Eliminate siloed, purpose-built hardware and automate management of storage service levels through VM-centric policies. Further improve TCO with storage efficiency features like deduplication and enhanced automation capabilities.

Exceptional Performance

Built on an optimized I/O data path in the hypervisor and designed for flash speeds, Virtual SAN delivers much better performance than a virtual appliance or external device. Experience up to 100,000 IOPs per host with all-flash and scale up to 64 hosts per cluster—a perfect match for virtual desktops, remote IT and business critical applications.

Enterprise-Ready Storage

Trust your mission-critical applications with the only hypervisor-embedded storage solution. Virtual SAN delivers all-flash performance with up to 100,000 IOPs per host, support for vSphere availability technologies like High Availability (HA), asynchronous replication, stretched cluster capabilities, and storage efficiency features for all-flash including deduplication, compression and erasure coding.

Linearly Scalable Storage

Virtual SAN delivers predictable, elastic and non-disruptive scaling of storage and compute resources, eliminating costly forklift upgrades. Every Virtual SAN cluster can scale out one node at a time or scale up by adding capacity to existing hosts and is capable of achieving over 8 PB of raw storage capacity.

SPOTLIGHT 

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FEATURES

All-Flash Performance

Virtual SAN is the only hyper-converged storage solution delivered directly from the hypervisor, resulting in a flash-optimized architecture that delivers as much as 100,000 IOPS per all-flash node.

Hypervisor-embedded architecture

Leverage the shortest, most efficient I/O data path for optimized performance with the least impact on CPU and memory resources.

All-Flash architecture

Deploy an all-flash architecture with flash-based caching and SSD data persistence to provide up to 100,000 IOPS per host with consistent, low latency.

Server-side caching

Improve virtual machine performance and minimize storage latencies by caching and accelerating read/write disk I/O traffic through enterprise-grade, server-side flash cache.

Self-tuning

Automatically rebuild and rebalance storage to align with the storage service levels assigned to each virtual machine in the cluster.

Quality of Service (QoS)

Automatically limits and monitors the IOPS consumed by specific virtual machines, eliminating noisy neighbor issues.

Storage Efficiency

Virtual SAN enables the most cost-efficient all-flash performance by delivering up to 10x greater storage utilization through data reduction technologies to optimize data footprint.

Deduplication and Compression

Optimizes all-flash storage capacity with as much as 7x data reduction while having minimal impact on server CPU and memory resources.

Erasure Coding

Increases usable storage capacity by up to 2x with the same high levels of data resiliency. Tolerate one or two failures with single parity or double parity protection.

Availability

Virtual SAN delivers enterprise availability for the most demanding business critical applications, capable of delivering 99.999% uptime and beyond with built-in and tunable failure tolerance settings.

Built-in failure tolerance

Maximize resiliency with built-in distributed RAID, cache mirroring, and per-VM control by specifying how many host, network, disk, or rack failures to tolerate.

Stretched Cluster

Enable enterprise-level availability that ensures no data loss and near zero downtime even in the event of an entire site failure with synchronous replication between two data centers.

Interoperability with the VMware stack

Leverage core vSphere features such as High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) along with vSphere snapshots and VMware Site Recovery Manage.

5 Minute RPO with vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication for Virtual SAN provides asynchronous VM replication with RPOs of up to five minutes.

Management

Virtual SAN provides the simplicity of managing storage along with compute and networking in a single, tightly integrated interface--the vSphere Web Client.

Single-pane-of-glass management

Eliminate the need for training on specialized storage interfaces and tools by using vSphere Web Client-based management to provision storage in two clicks.

VM-centric policy-based control and automation

Deploy storage policies with a single click to automatically provision storage resources--no LUNs or RAID configurations necessary.

Health Service

Perform hardware, firmware, and driver compatibility checks directly from the vSphere Web Client, along with real-time diagnostics and reporting on performance and storage capacity.

COMPARE

Compare Virtual SAN 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 Virtual SAN TCO and Sizing Calculator and read the Virtual SAN Licensing and Packaging White Paper.

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Standard Hybrid hyper-converged deployments
Advanced All-flash hyper-converged deployments
Enterprise Site availability and Quality of Service controls
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Advanced Per 1 CPU or Per VDI Desktop
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Read / Write SSD Caching
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Distributed RAID (RAID 1)
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Rack Awareness
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Replication (5 min RPO)
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All-Flash Support
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Inline Deduplication & Compression (All Flash only)
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Virtual SAN for Desktop

Virtual SAN for Desktop licensing is available for customers using Virtual SAN exclusively for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While this limits the use of Virtual SAN to virtual desktop workloads only, Virtual SAN for Desktop provides unique pricing and packaging options to help further reduce the cost of a virtual desktop infrastructure while enabling the benefits and performance of a distributed storage platform. Virtual SAN for Desktop is priced per concurrent user (CCU) in a virtual desktop environment and sold in packs of 10 and 100 licenses. Virtual SAN for Desktop is also included in the Horizon Advanced and Enterprise bundles.

Virtual SAN for ROBO

Virtual SAN for Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) is available for use at remote location with low consolidation ratios. It is sold at 25-VM packs distributable across the different remote sites, and is limited to a maximum of 25 virtual machines per site. If more than 25 virtual machines are running at a remote office, Virtual SAN Standard, Advanced or Enterprise licensing must be used. See the licensing guide for more details regarding the special licenses available for Virtual SAN.  

Choose the Right Hardware

VMware is the only hyper-converged infrastructure vendor to partner with all leading x86 server vendors to deliver a fully customizable HCI deployment model, allowing organizations to design Virtual SAN and vSphere-based HCI systems with maximum flexibility of hardware, software, licenses and support. Find the right hardware platform for your project by learning more about Virtual SAN Ready Nodes

RESOURCES 

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GETTING STARTED 

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CUSTOMER STORIES

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Fulton County Schools: All-Flash HCI Boosts Performance, Saves Money

Fulton County Schools deployed an all-flash VMware HCI solution to improve the performance of critical student information systems. Tasks which took 45 minutes earlier now take just 5 minutes, with cost savings of 50%.

Case Study

Union Hospital: HCI Solution Saves CapEx and Boosts Performance

Union Hospital replaced its existing traditional SAN with a modern VMware hyper-converged infrastructure solution based on vSphere and Virtual SAN for its Tier-1 applications, saving CAPEX and accelerating application performance by 6x.

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U.S. Government Agency: vSphere and Virtual SAN Lower TCO up to 50%

A U.S. government agency wanted to evolve its partially virtualized IT environment into an efficient, agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform. They chose a VMware HCI solution and saw TCO savings of as much as 50%.

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Cloud Carib: HCI Delivers 65% CapEx Savings

Cloud service provider Cloud Carib standardized their data center on VMware Hyper-Converged Software, using vSphere and Virtual SAN, realizing 65% CapEx savings coupled with a 50% increase in application performance.

Case Study

 

Oregon State University: HCI Improves VDI Boot Times 20x

The Oregon State University College of Business runs VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). When their IT team built out a VMware Hyper-Converged Software solution using Virtual SAN, VDI boot times increased 20 times faster while costs decreased by 75%.

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