Are you experiencing challenges with your current vSphere storage environment (i.e., performance, capacity constraint, complexity, expensive renewals) or just not sure if VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) would be a good fit?
Once you have signed up, a VMware Virtual SAN representative will reach out and invite you to start your VSAN Assessment (download & install the collector). In as little as one-week, this free SaaS-based VSAN Assessment, delivers a comprehensive analysis of your vSphere environment and provides technical and business recommendations i.e.
- Which VMs are a suitable candidate for Virtual SAN – Hybrid or All Flash
- Sizing and hardware recommendations (i.e. # of servers, SSD, HDD)
- Estimated storage CAPEX and OPEX savings with a TCO analysis and comparison
What should you know about the Virtual SAN Assessment tool?
- Designed for existing VMs on vSphere
- VMs must be turned on and accessing storage
- Data collection can run 1 – 14 days depending on your environment (default and recommended duration is 7 days)
If you are looking to learn more about the Virtual SAN assessment tool prior to signing up, check out Rawlinson Rivera’s blog – What Could You Save with vSAN? Request a Free Assessment Today! – which provides a detailed analysis of the tool and screen shots of some of the information you should expect to see once the assessment is running in your environment.
You can also see a Virtual SAN Assessment Demo (below) from VMworld:
Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is it to deploy the tool?
It is a fairly straightforward process. Once the customer gets an invitation from a VMware Virtual SAN representative to participate in the assessment, it takes minutes to download the Collector Appliance (OVA) and then another 15-30min to configure depending on size of cluster that customer wants to be assessed. The tool then goes into data collection mode in a non-disruptive way.
Is the tool collecting sensitive customer data?
No, the VSAN Assessment tool does NOT collect or store any content or customer data. The tool only collects vscsi traces to analyze I/O patterns of the workloads running on vSphere. For every I/O, all that the vscsi trace collects is information about the content and NOT the content itself, which include the following:
- Whether the I/O is a read or a write
- LBA (Logical Block Address)
- Number of bytes
- I/O Size
So why wait? Request your vSAN Assessment today!