vSAN for Horizon seamlessly evolves virtual desktops and applications to a modern infrastructure; delivering all-flash performance, rapid scaling and provisioning, and enterprise-grade data services – all while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).


vSAN Delivers a New Cloud Operating Model for Desktops and Applications

vSAN delivers a cloud operational model to your data center, increasing IT agility through simplified workflows and automation while utilizing existing tools and skillsets. Provision storage in just a few clicks, with consistent performance through intelligent, automated management of storage policies that dynamically adjusts to desktop and application demand.

All-Flash Performance at Scale

vSAN, native to vSphere, provides consistent performance at scale. With the latest storage technologies, including NVMe, all-flash vSAN clusters offer greater consolidation ratios with up to 150k IOPS per node, and up to 64 nodes per cluster.

Pay-As-You-Grow Affordability with Reduced OpEx

Eliminate large up-front storage investments with industry-standard x86 servers and reduce OpEx with familiar vSphere tools. Now, you can scale an HCI cluster with only a single node, and get started with as little as two. With storage policy-based management, you ensure that VMs get exactly the right amount of storage capacity and performance they require.


Capacity Saving Data Services

vSAN provides a rich set of data services that efficiently reduce the capacity a cluster utilizes, helping you get the most out of your infrastructure. Through deduplication and compression, along with TRIM/UNMAP support, vSAN reduces capacity utilized by up to 80% and consolidates up to 200 VDI sessions per node.  


Ease of Use from Familiar Tools

Accelerate resource provisioning and manage both compute and storage resources with the familiar tools of vSphere and vCenter. vSAN removes the need for training on specialized storage interfaces, and the overhead of operating them. Simplified workflows and consistent use of automation also enables new users to rapidly build expertise.  


Granular Non-Disruptive Scale-Up or Scale-Out

Grow your desktop virtualization environment and non-disruptively expand the capacity of the vSAN datastore by adding hosts to a cluster (scale-out) to expand capacity and performance or disks to a host (scale-up) to add capacity or performance for desktops and apps.  


Industry-Leading Deployment Flexibility

With more choice and flexibility than any other vendor, our HCI ecosystem works with your existing server vendor and can integrate with the entire SDDC stack. For private cloud, leverage 500+ jointly certified servers and 15 server OEMs, including the jointly engineered Dell EMC VxRail system. It’s also easy to extend to the public cloud using native services with AWS, and to deploy both partner-managed private and public clouds, spanning HPE GreenLake, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.


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Customer Success with vSAN

Dynamic Student Learning

“Already there has been a significant impact on productivity. Having a single platform on which to manage desktops and applications has had a dramatic impact on QMU IT. It's freeing my team up to be able to do other things. The legacy system that we were using was creaking at the seams and we were getting a lot of support incidents reported.”

- Paul Davis, Technology Manager, Queen Margaret University

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Driving Healthcare Efficiency

“Our system… enables doctors and nurses to access patients' data on a tablet right at the bedside, thanks to a mobile ward trolley."

- Norman Lüttgerding, CIO, Braunschweig Municipal Hospital

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Agility in the World of Finance

“vSAN is crazy fast, but it’s also easy for us to manage. Another big benefit of vSAN is to be able to pick up any amount of hardware, any type of server system, and put new storage nodes into production without having to worry about high licensing costs.”

- Mark Fournier, United States Senate Federal Credit Union

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Solution Brief: vSAN with Horizon  


Discover how to deliver radically simple storage for virtual desktops and apps.



Accelerate IT Operations for Virtual Desktops with a Cloud Operating Model  

With just a few clicks, IT administrators can provision this vSphere-embedded, enterprise-ready storage solution and begin managing it with familiar vCenter tools.

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