vSAN is VMware’s industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN 6.6 enhances the industry’s most popular HCI solution with the first native HCI security, highly available stretched clusters, and 50% higher all-flash performance for business-critical and next-generation workloads.


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Product Summary

More than 7,000 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

As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with your existing tools, skillsets, software solutions and hardware platforms. vSAN now further reduces risk with the first native HCI security solution, protecting data-at-rest while offering simple management and a hardware-agnostic solution. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the large, proven vSAN ReadyNode ecosystem of leading server vendors.

Reduce TCO

Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New enhanced stretch clusters deliver site and local protection at half the cost of leading traditional solutions.

Scale to Tomorrow

As your businesses continue to evolve, the agility of vSAN helps you prepare for tomorrow’s IT demands—whether that requires expanding into the public cloud or rapidly deploying the latest flash and server technologies to gain a competitive advantage. vSAN also supports a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications and containers. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds ensuring a consistent experience.



Product Enhancements

The most significant new capabilities and updates of vSAN 6.6 include:

  • Industry's First Native HCI Encryption
    vSAN offers the first native HCI encryption solution for data-at-rest, protecting critical data from unwanted access. vSAN encryption delivers lower costs and greater flexibility by being hardware agnostic and by offering simplified key management. No more requirements to deploy specific self-encrypting drives (SEDs). vSAN encryption is also built for compliance with support for 2-factor authentication (SecurID and CAC) and is the first HCI solution with a DISA-approved STIG.

  • Stretched Cluster with Local Site Protection
    New enhanced stretched clusters with local site protection provide protection against both site failures and local component failures at 50% lower cost than traditional solutions. With a comprehensive stretched cluster solution, you can extend the cost and simplicity benefits of HCI to your disaster recovery and business continuity needs.

  • vSAN Cloud Analytics
    With vSAN Cloud Analytics, you can decrease operational costs with pro-active, real-time support notifications and recommendations. The analytics tool delivers custom, real-time alerts through vSAN Health Service with custom actionable insights and remediation recommendations.

  • Unicast Networking
    vSAN now supports unicast networking to help simplify your initial vSAN setup. You can utilize unicast for vSAN networking and there is no need to setup multicast anymore. This enables vSAN to be deployed in a wider set of on-premise and cloud environments without requiring network changes.

  • vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Operations
    The new vSAN Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations Manager provides additional options for monitoring, managing and troubleshooting vSAN along with end-to-end infrastructure solutions. With the vSAN management pack, you can gain insights about the impact of vSAN in your infrastructure quickly, and bring your business greater efficiency in shorter time.

  • Always-On Protection with Enhanced Availability
    With new always-on protection features, vSAN keeps your applications running and available despite potential hardware challenges. New Degraded Device Handling (DDH) intelligently monitors the health of drives and proactively evacuates data before failures can happen. New smart drive rebuilds and partial rebuilds deliver faster recovery during hardware failures and decrease cluster traffic for greater performance.

  • Intelligent Operations and Lifecycle Management
    New intelligent operations and lifecycle management capabilities accelerate initial hardware setup, simplify software install, and deliver 1-click controller hardware lifecycle management for a more predictable hardware experience. You can reduce management time up to 80% for common tasks with 1-click automation.

  • Up to 50% Higher All-Flash Performance
    Optimized data services further extend vSAN’s performance advantage by delivering up to 50% more IOPS per all-flash host versus previous versions of vSAN, enabling over 150K IOPS per host. The increased performance helps accelerate mission critical applications and provides higher consolidation ratios for workloads.

  • Support of Next-Generation Workloads
    New validated architectures provide a proven path for deploying next-generation applications like Splunk, Big Data, and Citrix XenApp. In addition, vSAN for Photon is now available in Photon Platform 1.1 and a new Docker Volume Driver delivers support for multi-tenancy, policy based management, snapshots and clones.

  • Day 1 Support of New Hardware Technologies
    Customers can accelerate new hardware adoption with Day 1 support of the latest flash technologies, including solutions like the new Intel Optane 3D XPoint NVMe SSDs. In addition, vSAN now offers larger caching drive options, including 1.6TB flash drives, so that customers can take advantage of the latest and larger capacity flash drives.

  • Certified File Services and Data Protection Solutions
    The VMware Ready for vSAN Program enables customers to extend and complement their vSAN environment with proven, industry-leading data protection and file service solutions from 3rd party partners.


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vSAN Wins Product of the Year Award

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