If you’ve been contemplating whether to deploy VSA within your IT environment, we have exciting news for you—VSA now supports RAID 5 & 6! Since launching VSA with RAID 10 this past August, we have received customer requests for supporting RAID 5 & 6. Your feedback is always important to us and our engineers have worked hard to deliver this in VSA 1.0.
So what does this mean for you? VSA support for RAID 5 & 6 offers you a greater utilization rate of server hard disk capacity. Using more of your available hard disk capacity means less hard drives to buy… which brings us to the topic of how much it actually costs to deploy VSA in your environment. VSA is licensed on a per-instance basis and can support up to 3 nodes (we leave it up to you to decide whether to deploy on 2 or 3 nodes). Our most popular offering is the Essentials Plus with VSA bundle at $7,995 (which includes VSA at 40% off).
The following chart shows you how VSA can be a cost-effective alternative to the traditional IT approach of deploying a SAN or NAS. In both cases, the customer uses three servers, vSphere Essentials Plus, RAID 5, and has useable disk capacity of 3 TB. VSA does require more hard disk drives for mirroring your data across the servers within your VSA cluster (this allows VSA to be resilient to failures) but there’s no need to install, configure, and manage storage hardware within your environment.
If you have evolving storage needs and need a shared storage solution to provide high performance and scalability, VSA may not be right for you. For those that are looking to virtualize to achieve business continuity benefits (application availability) and don’t have the resources/capacity to deal with a SAN or NAS, VSA is a great choice.