What is Cloud Native Storage?

Cloud native storage is a set of cloud native capabilities in vSphere and vSAN that allows you to effectively deploy and manage data and storage for modern applications. It enables unified management of storage for containers and virtual machines (VMs) within a single platform. Developers can rapidly provision and scale persistent storage and modern stateful services, such as object storage and NoSQL databases, with Kubernetes APIs in a self-service manner. IT operators can use the same tools they currently use for VMs to manage container volumes.

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.

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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.


Hybrid Cloud-Ready Infrastructure

Ensure consistent infrastructure, processes, and tooling across clouds.


High Velocity Scaling

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


Lower TCO

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


Flexible Deployment Options

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


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.