What’s New with VMware 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.

Product Summary

vSAN 6.5 is the fifth generation of VMware’s industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN’s unique in-kernel architecture delivers flash-optimized performance and elastically scalable storage for any virtualized application, with TCO savings of up to 50%.

More than 5,000 customers of all industries and sizes trust vSAN to both simplify their IT infrastructure and run their enterprise workloads, from business-critical applications to virtual desktops.

vSAN 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. 
  • Reduce 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. 
  • Scale 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.

Product Enhancements

vSAN 6.5 delivers new capabilities that further help you respond faster to dynamic business needs across a broader set of workloads while lowering total cost of ownership of your IT infrastructure. 

 

The most significant new capabilities and updates of vSAN 6.5 include:

  • iSCSI Access: Expand to new, non-virtualized workloads with iSCSI support 
    vSAN iSCSI Access enables vSAN to support physical workloads using iSCSI initiators and allows you to eliminate cost and complexity of a separate physical array. All core functionality is available and managed through vCenter, same as before.
  • 2-Node Direct Connect: Save up to 20% per ROBO site; eliminate switches between 2-node deployments
    vSAN 6.5 minimizes the upfront cost of deploying storage in remote sites with the ability to directly connect two vSphere servers together using simple crossover cables. No need to purchase, install and maintain expensive routers and switches between the two nodes for vSAN data traffic. 
  • Full-Featured PowerCLI: Improve automation with full featured PowerCLI
    vSAN 6.5 includes a complete set of PowerCLI cmdlets providing the scalability and ease of enterprise-class automation.
  • Next-Generation Hardware
    vSAN 6.5 continues to support next-generation hardware including large capacity drives with 512e support.
  • All-Flash Everywhere
    All-flash hardware is now supported by all vSAN editions providing you greater choice and flexibility to deploy all-flash solutions for any workload.