vSAN 1.0 Released Home lab update here I come!

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In case you missed the vSAN announcement and demo on www.vmware.com/now Here is a quick review…

  • General Availability of Virtual SAN 1.0 the week of March 10th
  • vSphere 5.5 Update 1 will support VSAN GA
  • Support for 32 hosts in a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Support for 3200 VMs in a Virtual SAN cluster
    • Note, due to HA restrictions only 2048 VMs can be HA protected
  • Full support for VMware Horizon / View
  • Elastic and Linear Scalability for both capacity and performance
  • VSAN is not a virtual storage appliance (VSA). Performance is much better than any VSA!
  • 2 Million IOPS validated in a 32 host Virtual SAN cluster
  • ~ 4.5PB in a 32 host cluster
  • 13 different VSAN Ready Node configurations between Cisco IBM Fujitsu and Dell available at GA, with more coming soon

Elaboration and analysis: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/06/vsan_emerges_at_a_whopping_32_nodes_and_two_meeelion_iops/

VSAN Hands-on Labs (already available): https://blogs.vmware.com/hol/2014/03/click-go-take-vsan-hands-labs.html

Cormac as always does a great review as well — http://cormachogan.com/2014/03/06/virtual-san-vsan-announcement-review/


vSAN will be the next direction for my home lab as I plan to move away from in my opinion a buggy FreeNAS product.

High speed networking is required for the replication network and my back plane will be something like this — http://www.bussink.ch/?p=1183

I’ll post up more as it progresses.


2 thoughts on “vSAN 1.0 Released Home lab update here I come!

    kokeefeKelly said:
    May 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Have you had a chance to setup vsan in your lab yet? I too am wanting to leave a buggy freenas in my lab. The only thing I would need to try this out is a few ssd’s. My plan (currently) would be to re-use 3 existing 1Tb/2tb drives and add in (3) 64/128Gb SSDs. I would like to run around 20 low io/throughput vms on them for testing. Do think this would be pushing it?



      mattman555 responded:
      May 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I’ve been a bit busy these past months, though I had some time to start my vSAN migration. I should have a blog up soon. I think vSAN is perfect for home lab and I think your use case would be perfect for it.


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