With the Launch of Virtual SAN™ today (see www.vmware.com/now for replay if you missed it), VMware announced two ways that customers can build and deploy a Virtual SAN™ node:
1) Select Ready Node or Ready Block
VMware is excited to collaborate with Fusion-io, a leader in flash solutions with deployments by more than 6,000 customers, to provide customers a range of 15 enterprise-class PCI-E SSDs certified for Virtual SAN™ (see the VSAN Compatibility Guide). Virtual SAN™ leverages the speed and power of server-side flash to deliver a high-performance cache in front of direct-attached disks to provide scalable and cost-effective shared storage solutions.
SanDisk is actively supporting VMware in our Virtual SAN™ launch, providing high-performing, high-endurance flash drives that enable enterprise-class scalability while minimizing IO storage latency for read and write operations.
The Virtual SAN team has been running a public beta program for the past six months with more than 12,000 people registering online. We have received a lot of feedback during that period and wanted to share with you the experience of a few of them.
This is the first post of a series of customers talking about their experience with Virtual SAN.
VMware offering an exclusive 20% discount on Virtual SAN for Beta users
To reward Virtual SAN beta participants and coming on the heels of a successful public beta, VMware is offering beta customers a 20% discount on Virtual SAN purchases. The discount is available to those beta participants who have joined and downloaded the Virtual SAN beta product.
Positive Market Feedback for Virtual SAN
Since VMware launched the Virtual SAN public beta at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, we have seen overwhelming interest from customer, partners and analysts. As the general availability for the product nears, VMware wants to reward the Virtual SAN beta participants in offering a limited time discount on any product purchase of 10 licenses or more. Virtual SAN is VMware’s first product in the Software-Defined Storage category and wants to make it easy and simple for customers to stand-up within their data centers.
How can I get the Virtual SAN discount?
Simply sign-up for the beta, download the bits, install Virtual SAN and VMware will send you an email with a unique discount code that you can redeem upon purchase of Virtual SAN. The unique discount code will be valid through VMware’s direct Field team and its Partner network. The offer has a minimum purchase of 10 licenses and is valid through June 15, 2014.
Come join the Virtual SAN beta today and take advantage of this discount by visiting www.vsanbeta.com
Create a Virtual SAN datastore on a cluster with three hosts and deploy as many running VMs (of any size) as possible.
Create a Virtual SAN datastore using three hosts, with as much capacity as you can. Then, deploy as many running virtual machines (of any size) as you can onto the Virtual SAN datastore. The VMs must be powered on.
Special promotional pricing for Virtual SAN beta customers: up to $4500 off on Fusion-io flash solutions!
Go to get.fusionio.com/vsan-earlyadopter for details.
Note: this promotional pricing is for North America beta customers only at this time.
On August 26th at VMworld 2013 VMware announced vSphere 5.5, the latest release of VMware’s industry-leading virtualization platform. This latest release includes a lot of improvements and many new features and capabilities. In an effort to try and get my head around all this exciting new “stuff” I decided to go through the what’s new paper and compile a brief summary (well, relatively brief anyway).
Here’s the list I came up with. I’m sure I missed some things, but this list should help you get started with learning about what’s new in vSphere 5.5.
Summary of new features and capabilities available in vSphere 5.5 Continue reading
In short: Yes, it sure is!
In this post I’ll show 6 VMs being protected with vSphere Replication. 2 VMs each will reside on fibre channel data stores (EMC CX4), iSCSI data stores (Falconstor NSS Gateway), and an NFS datastore (EMC VNX5500). I’ll replicate them onto different datastores, fail them over, reprotect, and fallback.
Last month, I put together a short article on what I thought would be interesting to check out from a VMworld 2012 San Francisco perspective. On the run up to VMworld 2012 Barcelona, I thought I would do a similar post.
Disclaimer – Once again, the vSphere storage blog has to remain storage vendor neutral to retain any credibility. VMware doesn’t favour any one storage partner over another. I’m not personally endorsing any of these vendor’s products either. What I’m posting here are just a few vendors/products that are interesting to me from a storage perspective.
Pure Storage – Lot of new and very cool vSphere integration features, include a new web client management plugin for vSphere 5.1.They also have new protocols and VAAI features. Read more about it here.
Tintri - They won Best of VMworld 2012 Gold award in Hardware for Virtualization in San Francisco. New snapshot and cloning functionality, new VAAI NAS primitives & some upcoming cool replication technology. More detail here.
Violin Memory – The flash storage backing the new Monster VM and 1,000,000 IOPs from a single VM which was mentioned by Steve Herrod in the keynotes. Fantastic technology, and well worth a look. Lots of vSphere integration features in the works too. More here.
Nimbus Data – Recently announced their new Gemini all flash storage array. Make their won flash drives and claim to support them for 10 years. Met with them at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco and was very impressed by their technology. You can read more about them here.
As you can tell, flash is hot right now. Three of the four vendors mentioned here are all flash array vendors. I suspect we are going to see more and more all flash arrays in the not too distant future. VMworld is a great opportunity to catch up what is happening in the world of storage. And these folks love talking about their technologies. Go check them out in Barcelona.
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