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VMware vSAN and the vCloud Air Network: New Features and Capabilities

By David Hill, Technologist & Evangelist for vCloud Service Provider Business Unit
Recently VMware announced the general availability of VMware vSAN 6.6.  This release contains several new features and capabilities.  At a high level the new features and capabilities are:


  • vSAN Encryption – Datastore level encryption in a dedupe/compression efficient way
  • Local Protection for Stretched Clusters
  • Removal of Multicast
  • ESXi Host Client (HTML-5) management and monitoring functionality
  • Enhanced rebalancing
  • Enhanced repairs
  • Enhanced resync
  • Resync throttling
  • Maintenance Pre-Check
  • Stretched Cluster Witness Replacement UI
  • vSAN included in “Phone Home / Customer Experience Improvement Program”
  • Including Cloud based health checks!
  • API enhancements
  • vSAN Easy Install
  • vSAN Config Assist / Firmware Update
  • Enhanced Performance and Health Monitoring


To find out more on these new capabilities you can read the what’s new blog article here.


In this article, the focus is going to be on what the specific use cases are for a VMware vCloud® Air™ Network Service Provider.


First, let’s look at the typical use cases for a Service Provider using VMware vSAN:




When you are a Service Provider, how you are positioned to launch new services is critical to success of your business.  If you look at today’s cloud marketplace, it’s shifting its emphasis away from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to a solution able to provide other features like Disaster Recovery, Database hosting, or Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities.  While IaaS isn’t going away, and is growing significantly, from a business perspective it’s becoming more and more congested and competitive.


As a result, how a Service Provider can add value to its customers is shifting dramatically. This is where VMware vSAN can help Service Providers deliver new services and capabilities quicker. With VMware vSAN, you significantly lower your entry costs to deliver these new capabilities and speed up your time to market for new service offerings. It’s a win-win.


Let’s look at Disaster Recovery a bit closer. If you’re a Service Provider who uses VMware vCloud Director to provide IaaS capabilities to your end customer, you will know that the fastest growing use case is Disaster Recovery. Cloud based Disaster Recovery is a fast and easy way to gain more business. By leveraging VMware vSAN, VMware vCloud Director, and VMware vCloud Availability, you can quickly grow your existing IaaS platform to provide your customers with a first-class cloud-based Disaster Recovery offering.  Implementing and growing your storage platform for such a capability is as simple as adding more storage to your vSphere hosts and enabling a vSAN storage cluster.


In today’s ever-competitive cloud marketplace vSAN is an essential asset for the enterprise – being able to spin up new services quickly and easily and beat the competition to the customer is imperative for your business to grow. Leveraging VMware vSAN within the VMware vCloud Air Network program is the next step in a Service Provider’s agile development process.


To learn more about VMware vSAN head on over to the VMware Virtual Blocks blog, and be sure to like vCloud Air Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


About the author:

David is a Technologist & Evangelist working within VMware’s Cloud Service Provider Business Unit, supporting and developing VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy.  In David’s previous role he was the lead evangelist for VMware vCloud Air.  Over the past twenty years, David has been a successful entrepreneur, architect and business consultant working with some of the top consultancies and businesses around the world.  David is a regular contributor to the virtualization community.

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