Technology Partners vSAN

3 Million Reasons Why All-Flash Virtual SAN is Business Critical Ready

I’m pleased to offer a guest post from one of our highly-valued partners on a number of initiatives, including Virtual SAN and vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO): SanDisk. This post talks about new reference architectures and solutions that SanDisk has built—in collaboration with VMware and other partners—to demonstrate how all-flash Virtual SAN systems are business critical ready and can utilize the latest flash solutions from SanDisk. 

by Patric Chang, Senior Director of SanDisk’s Strategic Partner Ecosystems



At VMworld, SanDisk was thrilled to showcase business critical applications and database solutions and reference architectures running on VMware Virtual SAN. One of these is an all-cool, all-flash Virtual SAN solution tested with Lenovo, VMware and Avago that serves up more than 3 million New Orders Per Minute (NOPMs) running 8 SQL Server database instances on a 4-node Virtual SAN Cluster using Lenovo System x Servers.

The Red Ferrari of Virtual SAN

Right here, we have the reasons why all-flash Virtual SAN is ready for business critical applications. This solution, dubbed by Rawlinson Rivera in a blog as “The Red Ferrari,” utilizes SanDisk’s 4TB Optimus MAX SSDs, which is the industry’s biggest SSD that is certified for Virtual SAN 6 for the capacity tier.




Storm Ready

In addition to business critical applications, you can also drive your Virtual SAN to the maximum number of supported View Desktops by deploying an end-to-end 12G all-flash Virtual SAN solution. With this solution, you can support 800 VDI desktops on a starter 4-Node Virtual SAN built using Lightning Ascend and Eco Gen. II flash drives on Dell R730 Gen13 servers. During tests, this solution launched 25 VDI Desktops per minute or the maximum amount supported, 800 desktops in 30 minutes, under a pesky boot storm condition.

Customers who wish to deploy hybrid Virtual SAN solutions to balance performance and cost can take a look at a reference architecture built with HP using SanDisk Fusion ioMemory high performance PCIe flash drives and HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers.

Business Critical Ready

What are the options to becoming business critical ready with VMware Software-Defined Storage or to get more information?

One option is to join Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager from the VMware Storage and Availability team, and myself at our September 30th webinar on “Running Business Critical Applications and VDI with All Flash VMware VSAN”.

Another option is to listen to how SanDisk and VMware are working together on “Using VMware Virtual Data Services for Storage Acceleration in vSphere 6” in this recorded webinar.

Those who are going to VMworld EMEA in Barcelona can also register early for Biswapati Bhattacharjee and Jase McCarty’s STO5157 Virtual SAN session or Manish Apte’s STO5740 Storage Acceleration session.

If you are unable to use these webinars or sessions and have any questions on the SanDisk flash solutions or reference architectures for VMware Software-defined Storage, feel free to contact me at




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