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.