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Maximize Deployment Flexibility and Future-proof HCI

Manage storage and compute resources on a single, integrated platform by combining vSphere with integrated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN. Our integrated solution is the easiest path to future-ready HCI and hybrid cloud systems, delivering faster operations, lower costs and improved business agility.

Seamless HCI Transformation

Leverage your existing tools to extend virtualization to storage with our secure hyperconverged solution – built to integrate with your hypervisor and leading public cloud providers.

Multi-Cloud HCI Platform

Enhance IT productivity with centralized visibility and alerts for your vSAN infrastructure from a single cloud console, and manage virtual machine and container-based applications seamlessly with VMware Tanzu integration.

Lower Costs

Get better price per performance using the latest storage technology on industry-standard servers.

Flexible Deployment

Use HCI anywhere with the broadest ecosystem in the industry: 18 OEM server vendors and native services with leading public clouds, including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud and Alibaba Cloud.

Benefits of vSAN

Scale Without Compromise

Scale compute and storage to meet your application needs efficiently and flexibly with VMware HCI Mesh.

Simplify Operations

Roll out new infrastructure and applications easily, with minimal training.

Developer-Ready Infrastructure

Get the self-service capabilities developers need to create apps at scale, plus the governance IT admins need to manage VMs and containers.

Introducing vSAN+

vSAN+ delivers cloud-connected, subscription-based vSAN services for on-premises deployments.

Flexible Consumption Model

Flexible pay-as-you-grow subscription option.

Streamline Maintenance

Shrink infrastructure maintenance windows with one-click updates.

Enhance Productivity through Centralized Visibility

View global inventory, centrally provision VMs, and view alerts from a single cloud management console.

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Lower Your Data Center Costs with VMware vSAN

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Compare Editions

Standard

Best suited for hybrid environments with per-VM storage policies

Advanced

Standard Edition plus all-flash space efficiency features

Enterprise

Advanced Edition plus software-defined, data-at-rest encryption and stretched clusters

Enterprise Plus

Advanced management for performance optimization and efficient capacity management to transform data centers into a simple, unified cloud operating system

vSAN+

Our premier HCI offering, with cloud-connected services that centralize management and enhance efficiency 

Frequently Asked Questions

vSAN benefits include:

  • Seamless evolution:  vSAN is integrated with vSphere, extending virtualization to storage with the same tools and skillsets.
  • Industry-leading flexibility: Run HCI on certified solutions from 18 OEM server vendors and use native services with leading public clouds.
  • Multi-cloud capabilities: Get consistent operations from edge to core to cloud, with intrinsic security throughout.
  • Centralized apps: Manage traditional and modern apps on the same platform.

A vSAN cluster needs at least two physical hosts, with dedicated local storage devices and shared witness. For more information, see VMware Compatibility Guide for Systems/Servers and VMware Compatibility Guide for vSAN.

vSAN is integrated with the VMware vSphere Hypervisor—so unlike other solutions, there’s no need to install additional software or deploy storage controller virtual appliances to every host in the cluster. To configure and manage a vSAN cluster, only vCenter Server is required.

Yes, vSphere can access and use traditional datastores with vSAN and vSphere Virtual Volumes. In most cases, vSphere Storage vMotion can be used to migrate VMs between these datastore types. This makes it easy to migrate existing workloads when performing maintenance or retiring a storage solution.

To evaluate an existing environment for migration to vSAN, request a free HCI assessment. This data can be used with the vSAN ReadyNode Sizer to determine suitable vSAN ReadyNode server configurations.

Storage capacity can be increased in a couple ways: scale out your clusters by adding nodes, or scale up existing nodes by adding capacity. Cluster Quickstart makes it easy to add compute and storage capacity to a vSAN cluster.

There are four vSAN deployment options: a jointly engineered turnkey system, Global Partner Appliances, vSAN ReadyNodes, and as a service with cloud providers. See vSAN deployment options for more information.

For detailed guidance on enabling vSAN, see vSAN documentation.

For step-by-step instructions on configuring a vSAN cluster, see vSAN documentation.

vSAN ReadyNodes are x86 servers that have been pre-configured, tested and certified for VMware HCI software. Each ReadyNode is optimally configured for vSAN with the required amount of CPU, memory, network, I/O controllers and storage. For more information, see vSAN ReadyNodes.

vSAN+ is the premier HCI offering, delivering the cloud connected services IT admins need to centralize management and enhance efficiency. vSAN+ is offered as a subscription.

vSAN+ benefits include:

  • Simplify vCenter updates with service lifecycle management support (vSphere+ required), which enables the customer to update/patch/upgrade all on-premises vCenter instances through a single control plane 
  • Enhance IT productivity through centralized visibility of multiple vCenter servers through a single console (vSphere+ required). This provides a global inventory and alert status for all connected vCenter Servers. 
  • Expedite IT team efforts  to build, run, manage and secure workloads with a collection of rapidly deployable cloud services—all connected to your on-prem infrastructure, such as disaster recovery as a service and burst capacity (services to be released).

Yes, subject to standard market restrictions due to export controls and/or sanctions.

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