vSAN Hyperconverged Infrastructure

vSAN Hits Another Gear with New Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

Do you still need that extra push to join the thousands of organizations adopting hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)? Looking for one more reason to convince your management team to modernize your data center? We are here to help you “hit the refresh!”

Today Intel revealed the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. We are excited to announce Day 0 support for VMware vSAN 6.6—ushering in the next-generation of hyper-converged solutions that can deliver 2.5x greater performance and 2.5x greater VM density versus previous server platforms and vSAN 6.5, cutting your costs to adopt HCI even more than before.

With numerous vSAN server partners revealing plans for servers based on the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors, your next server refresh is the perfect time to move away from traditional siloed infrastructure to hyper-converge compute and storage with Intel Xeon processors and VMware vSAN.

2.5x Greater HCI Performance and Density

VMware and Intel are focused on helping you overcome the classic complexity and cost challenges of legacy IT infrastructure. With faster and more cost-efficient HCI systems, we are fundamentally changing storage and networking the same way vSphere revolutionized compute—delivering greater agility, lower costs and simplified management with a solution that also offers the performance for the most demanding enterprise applications.

vSAN has been extensively tested with Intel’s latest innovations. When deployed together, along with new Intel® Optane™ SSDs and new server platforms, customers can enjoy up to 2.5x more VMs per cluster versus previous generations of vSAN and Intel Xeon processors. These results came from extensive testing by a 3rd party, Evaluator Group, to demonstrate the lower costs possible and faster return on investment (ROI). View notes below on the details of the figure or read the full report here.


In the figure above, the left 3 charts are based on previous generation of servers using Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4. The 3 results on the right show the performance benefits of moving to the Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, new generation of SSDs, and VMware vSAN 6.6.

Why is Now the Right Time to Embrace HCI?

As one of the fastest growing segments in the storage industry, more and more organizations are using their server refresh to not only enhance their compute resources but also modernize their storage with a secure, proven hyper-converged infrastructure.

You can now take advantage of the biggest Intel Xeon platform update in the past decade with the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform. The new innovations from Intel provide current and future vSAN customers with the following key benefits:

  1. Scale to tomorrow with higher-performance: Enjoy up to 2.5x greater performance with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane SSDs and VMware vSAN 6.6 compared to previous server architectures and vSAN editions.
  2. Evolve without risk with the largest choice HCI platforms: Choose from the latest Intel-based platforms from wide selection of leading server vendors on Day 0 to seamlessly step into the world of hyper-convergence. Combine your vendor of choice with vSAN to extend, not replace, existing virtualization efforts.
  3. Reduce IT costs with quick return on investment: Discover up to 2.5x more VM’s per cluster to drive down costs per VM as well as enjoy lower electricity bills thanks to greater efficiency and reduced floor space with increased density.
  4. Confidently Deploy with a First Intel Select Solution: Intel Select Solutions provide the fastest path to infrastructure transformation, offering verified configurations to reduce complexity and investment in HW evaluation. Intel Select Solutions for VMware vSAN are available on Day 0 as one of the first solutions available with Intel from our server partners.

Want to hear more about today’s exciting announcement, view VMware’s VP of Marketing, Lee Caswell, discuss the impact of this launch on HCI and vSAN in this quick video.

Are you ready to hit the refresh on your legacy infrastructure now? Become an HCI expert with our Beginner’s Guide to HCI or jump right in to the product through our free Hands-On Lab.


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