Speed Operations and Lower Costs with vSAN-Powered Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions

Say goodbye to the cost and complexity of traditional storage and take the easiest path to hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid cloud with VMware vSAN. As the only vSphere-native storage, vSAN makes it easy to extend your existing virtualization investments. Evolve to an integrated, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution with vSAN to improve business agility while managing complexity, cost, and risk.

Quick Intro: vSAN-Powered Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Quick Intro: vSAN-Powered Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Improve performance while lowering IT costs and minimizing complexity.

Key Features and Benefits of vSAN

Embrace HCI and modernize your data center without risk.

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Experience vSAN in Just 30 Minutes

Experience vSAN in Just 30 Minutes

Test drive the leading software for HCI with a 30-minute Lightning Hands-on Lab. It’s free and there’s nothing to install.

What’s New: The Latest vSAN Innovations

Get up to speed on the latest enhancements in vSAN 6.7 Update 3 and prepare your environment for container-based apps.

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What is VMware vSAN?

vSAN is enterprise-class, storage virtualization software that, when combined with vSphere, allows you to manage compute and storage with a single platform. It seamlessly joins all storage devices across a vSphere cluster into a shared data pool, allowing you to easily scale up or down as your needs change. Using commodity x86 server components, vSAN-powered hyperconverged infrastructure lowers storage costs 40% or more versus traditional server and storage architectures.

 

There’s no need to deploy or maintain separate arrays and storage networking hardware with VMware vSAN. Its policy-based management removes the burden of provisioning and modifying numerous LUNs and data services. With its consistency and flexibility, VMware vSAN architecture provides the simplest path from server virtualization to hyperconverged infrastructure and a true hybrid cloud architecture.

Why Choose vSAN for Hyperconverged Infrastructure?

Native to Your Hypervisor

Enjoy scalable, high-performance, and secure infrastructure with the only vSphere-native storage virtualization software.

Power Traditional and Cloud Native Applications

Manage both virtual machine (VM) and container applications seamlessly, and benefit from integration with leading container orchestrators such as Kubernetes.

Simplified Operations

Easily roll out new infrastructure and applications with minimal training.

Lower Costs

Achieve better price per performance by supporting the latest storage technology on industry-standard servers.

SDDC and Multi-Cloud Ready

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

Why Customers Choose VMware vSAN

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Lower Your Data Center CapEx and OpEx

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Industry Recognition for vSAN

Gartner Magic Quadrant for HCI

Learn about the HCI market and why VMware is once again a Leader in the latest Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure.

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vSAN Remains #1 in the HCI Market, IDC Q1 2019

Find out why more than 100 new customers each week are choosing vSAN-powered hyperconverged infrastructure.

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451 Research: “Voice of the Enterprise”

Discover why 2.5x more organizations select vSAN for hyperconverged infrastructure than the next largest vendor.

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Spotlight 

The more you know, the bigger your impact

The more you know, the bigger your impact

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vSAN for Microsoft SQL Server

vSAN for Microsoft SQL Server

Learn how HCI can help you solve today’s database challenges in this new ESG white paper.

vSAN Feature Overview

Learn how vSAN’s software-defined storage services improve resource utilization and performance of HCI.

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Customers Say vSAN is the "Best Hyperconverged Infrastructure”

Read 120+ verified customer reviews to see why vSAN is recognized with a Gartner Peer insights Customers' Choice award in 2019.

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Forrester Wave for HCI, Q3 2018

See why Forrester positioned VMware as a leader with the highest score in the strategy category.

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HCI Powered by vSAN for Google Cloud's Anthos GKE On-Prem

Seamless integration between Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) On-Prem and vSAN provides an agile, cloud-native solution.

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Customer Success with vSAN

20,000+ vSAN Customers

See how organizations across all industries use vSAN to pave the way to a software-defined data center.

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US Senate Federal Credit Union

“VMware delivers the software stack required to empower us to take what we want to do to the next level.”

– Mark Fournier, Systems Architect

 

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“We’re using vSAN for hyperconverged infrastructure because of its reliability; it’s stable and lives depend on it. VMware systems are designed to just keep running…it’s an unstoppable system.”

– Tom Lynott, Director of Software Architecture


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EFES Rus

''vSAN for VDI helps not only to make staff work more comfortable and efficient, but also enables to optimize costs. We can provide our staff with all necessary tools for their tasks to be executed wherever they are.”

- Aleksey Krylov, Digital Security Infrastructure Architect, EFES Rus

 

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions for Industries

Putting vSAN to Good Use

Business Critical Applications

Business Critical Applications

  • High performance – up to 150k IOPS per node
  • Expedite deployment with highly-automated processes
  • Reduce costs compared to legacy storage solutions

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

  • High performance – up to 150k IOPS per node
  • Reduce storage costs with rich data services
  • Precisely match resources to growth requirements
Remote and Branch Offices

Remote and Branch Offices

  • Increase local IT performance while managing from the core
  • Start with a small physical footprint – just two nodes
  • Control costs with flexible licensing models

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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

  • Lower DR costs with industry-standard servers
  • Manage your DR site from the core
  • Orchestrate and automate recovery by combining with VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication

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Try vSAN Now in a Hands-on Lab  

First, instantly test drive the full technical capabilities of vSAN with this free, hands-on experience.

Request Free HCI Assessment  

Second, sign up for a free online assessment to evaluate the readiness of your current environment for HCI.

Compare vSAN Editions  

Then, compare editions and find the best option for your hyperconverged infrastructure in the Licensing and Packaging Guide.

Plan and Configure vSAN 6.7  

Finally, learn how to correctly size storage and configure vSAN in the design and sizing guide.

Looking for More In-Depth vSAN Technical Info? 

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Explore StorageHub

Get technical resources – including documents, reference architectures, videos, and demos – to help you at every stage of your HCI deployment, from evaluation to optimization.

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vSAN Network Design Guide

Learn about vSAN network requirements and discover best practices for design and configuration.

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vSAN 2 Node Cluster Guide

More details about installation, configuration, and operation of a vSAN 2 Node Cluster.

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Compare vSAN Editions

Find the best option for your hyperconverged infrastructure environment.

  • 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, efficient capacity management and more.
  • Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO): Best suited for remote locations with low consolidation ratios.
  • Desktop: Provides a licensing option for VDI users.
  • HCI Kits: Offers one SKU for both vSAN and vSphere

View the vSAN Licensing and Packaging White Paper

Compare vSAN Features

Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Product components
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
License Entitlement
Standard Per CPU, VDI Desktop, or VM ROBO
Advanced Per CPU, VDI Desktop, or VM ROBO
Enterprise Per CPU, VDI Desktop, or VM ROBO
Enterprise Plus Per CPU, VDI Desktop, or VM ROBO
Storage Policy-Based Management
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
vSAN Snapshots & Clones
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Rack Awareness
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Replication (5 min RPO)
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Software Checksum
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
All-Flash Support
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Block Access (iSCSI)
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
QoS—IOPS Limits
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Inline Deduplication & Compression (All-Flash only)
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Erasure Coding—RAID 5/6 (All-Flash only)
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
vRealize Operations Within vCenter
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Stretched Cluster with Local Failure Protection
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Data-at-Rest Encryption
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Advanced Management: Intelligent HCI at Scale
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Cloud Native Storage
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus

FAQ

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about vSAN.

What are the hardware requirements for running vSAN?

A vSAN cluster needs at least two physical hosts with dedicated local storage devices and shared witness. vSAN supports both hybrid clusters, containing hosts with magnetic drives in the capacity tier, and all-flash clusters, with hosts containing flash devices in the capacity tier. See the VMware Compatibility Guide for Systems/Servers and VMware Compatibility Guide for vSAN for more information.

What are the software requirements for running vSAN?

vSAN is native to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor, so there’s no need to install additional software or deploy storage controller virtual appliances to every host in the cluster, as is often the case. Only vCenter Server is required to configure and manage a vSAN cluster.

Can I use existing SAN and NAS storage in the same cluster as vSAN?

Yes, vSphere can access and use traditional datastores with vSAN and vSphere Virtual Volumes—all in the same cluster. In most cases, vSphere Storage vMotion can be used to migrate VMs between these various datastore types. This feature makes it easy to migrate existing workloads when there’s a need to perform maintenance or retire an older storage solution. Explore the Migrating VMs to vSAN demo for more detail.

Where can I find guidance on sizing a vSAN cluster?

To evaluate an existing environment for migration to vSAN, request a free HCI assessment. Data collected can be used along with the vSAN ReadyNode Sizer to help determine suitable vSAN ReadyNode server configurations. Find additional guidance in the vSAN Design and Sizing Guide

How do I add storage capacity to a vSAN cluster?

Storage capacity can be increased in a few ways: either 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. 

What are my deployment options for vSAN?

There are three deployment options available for vSAN: ReadyNodes, Appliance, and as-a-service. With the broadest choice of consumption options for HCI including over 500 pre-certified vSAN ReadyNodes™ from all major server vendors, you have complete flexibility to align with your vendor preferences and experiences. VxRail™ a fully integrated HCI Appliance from Dell EMC™ tailored for ease of deployment, and HCI-as-a-Service from leading cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM and hundreds of others public clouds.

For more questions and answers, check out the full vSAN FAQs.