Watch out with VSAN FTT=1 and Maintenance Windows… Lessons Learned the Hard Way

A couple of weeks back I had a less fantastic Friday evening… When performing a one hour maintenance window to update some filter drivers on some of our ESXi 5.5  hosts.. this evening turned out to be not so pleasant Friday the 13th… In our company, for some workloads we run VSAN. And I must say that I love the simplicity of the product. Not much to configure and if everything is setup right, and with the right hardware you have a bunch of reasonably fast Terabytes of storage on your … [Read more...]

VSAN Pricing

This is definitely going to radically change the way we are going to be using shared storage. VSAN is priced at $2,495 per CPU. with Data Protection Advanced $2,875 per CPU. VSAN for Desktop is priced at $50 per Concurrent or named user. VSAN pricing compared to external storage VSAN is priced much lower per desktop compared to traditional storage. Here’s a small overview of what investment must be made to get the shared storage for Virtual Desktops. With VSAN there is only a 3 node … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.5 Update 1 released to include VMware VSAN

VMware VSAN has been long awaited storage feature which is “baked” into the hypervisor and which enables to use locally attached disks and SSD drives, to create a storage pool across the whole cluster. Without the need for an external SAN or NAS. Full release notes can be found here What's New VMware today has released their latest update to vSphere 5.5 Update 1. This update includes updates for most of the VMware products to include VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN). vCloud Hybrid Service … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.5 VSAN, Introducing Your New Storage Vendor VMware

The best VMworld 2013 announcement for me has to be the new vSphere Virtual SAN (VSAN). I think this new vSphere feature will change the hyper-converged and storage market FOREVER. VMware created distributed storage on the VMkernel layer. Your right… NO Storage Appliance VM needed per ESXi host. This storage service runs inside the VMkernel! also VMware has added vSphere Flash Read (and write through) Cache on the VSAN (vFlash) vSphere Virtual SAN: Radically Simple Storage Key … [Read more...]

vSphere 5.5 What’s New at VMworld 2013, NSX, SDDC, VSAN, vFlash

I’ve been in the VMware Early Access program for Bloggers and the vSphere beta so I have been familiar with all the new 5.5 features for a while. I have tried to write a very short version of what’s new. More details will come today in separate blog posts. vSphere 5.5 Platform Features Summary vSphere 5.5 Configuration Maximum Increases 2x from vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.5 160 pCPU 320 pCPU 2TB Memory 4TB Memory 8 NUMA Nodes 16 NUMA Nodes 2048 … [Read more...]