Introduction to Cloud Native Storage

Get a quick overview of cloud native storage in vSphere and vSAN and learn how it encourages collaboration between developers and IT operators.


Maximize the Power of Modern Stateful Apps

Explore how you can run modern stateful apps on VMware infrastructure with lower TCO and simplified operations and management.

Run S3-Compatible Object Storage Optimally with the vSAN Data Persistence Platform

Cloudian HyperStore and MinIO Object Storage are now integrated with the vSAN Data Persistence platform.

Benefits of Cloud Native Storage in vSphere and vSAN

Unified Management

Modernize infrastructure at your own pace and manage VM and container storage on the same platform with similar operational models.

High Velocity Scaling

Use Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) to scale infrastructure at the speed of containers.

Flexible Deployment Options

Back your container volumes with any vSphere storage, including vSAN, vVols, VMFS and NFS.

Hybrid Cloud-Ready Infrastructure

Ensure consistent infrastructure, processes, and tooling across clouds.

Lower TCO

Optimize storage for modern stateful services to achieve space savings and operational simplicity.

Minimized Data and Infrastructure Risks

Protect Kubernetes cluster resources and persistent volumes with Velero integration and encryption for persistent volumes.

Features of Cloud Native Storage

API and Policy-Driven Provisioning

Empower developers to provision and scale persistent volumes and modern stateful services dynamically with Kubernetes APIs. Apply consistent storage policies for containers and VMs through SPBM integration with StorageClass in Kubernetes.

vSAN-SNA and vSAN Direct Configuration for Modern Stateful Services

Consolidate storage for traditional apps and modern stateful services with optimal storage efficiency using vSAN-SNA (vSAN Support for Shared Nothing Architecture). Run modern stateful services on dedicated hardware based on application needs with vSAN Direct Configuration for optimized infrastructure economics and near bare-metal performance.*

Granular Monitoring for Quick Troubleshooting

Bring developers and IT operators to a common view of Kubernetes objects with health and compliance information on a container volume basis. Gain visibility into the health and capacity of volumes consumed by modern stateful services through service-dedicated UIs in vCenter.*

Service-Aware Infrastructure Operations

Ensure the availability of modern stateful services in planned infrastructure operations such as maintenance and lifecycle management with the vSAN Data Persistence platform.*

Support for Multiple Storage Types

Support all block-, file- and object-centric* modern applications.

Multi-Distribution Support for Modern Apps

Built on standard Kubernetes CSI driver, support any vanilla Kubernetes distributions for modern stateful apps.


*The vSAN Data Persistence platform is required for this benefit/feature. The vSAN Data Persistence platform provides a framework for software technology partners to integrate with VMware infrastructure. Each partner must develop their own plug-in for VMware customers to receive the benefits of the vSAN Data Persistence platform. The platform is not operational until the partner solution running on top is operational.

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