Download vSAN 6.7 U3
VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 3 (U3) is generally available to download! vSAN 6.7 U3 delivers container-ready infrastructure through Cloud Native Storage (CNS) to support agile, next-gen application development; enhancements to management for consistent operations across hybrid clouds; under-the-hood performance improvements; and a new vSAN Enterprise Plus edition, which includes vRealize Operations to enable self-driving operations, intelligent remediation, and continuous performance optimization.
vSAN 6.7 U3 is part of vSphere 6.7 U3—installing or upgrading to vSphere 6.7 U3 enables vSAN 6.7 U3. The download link is below, but keep reading while downloading to hear about new documents and videos that bring you up to speed on this new release.
As always, read the release notes before installing.
vSAN 6.7 U3 Blog Articles
We announced vSphere 6.7 U3 and vSAN 6.7 U3 on August 13, 2019. Here are the links to those blog articles:
These articles provide higher-level coverage of the many features and benefits provided with this release. Now let’s get into more details…
Cloud Native Storage
vSphere 6.7 U3 introduces Cloud Native Storage (CNS). This is a vSphere and Kubernetes (K8s) feature that integrates K8s with vSphere storage. CNS provides visibility into container volumes through the vSphere Client. Run, monitor, and manage containers and virtual machines on the same platform using the same tools. Couple that with vSAN’s powerful storage policy-based management capabilities to simplify infrastructure operations and lifecycle management.
This blog article and video provide more information on CNS:
Documents and Videos
Several new documents and resources are available to help you learn more about vSAN 6.7 U3. For those that are new to vSAN, I recommend starting with the vSAN 6.7 U3 Technical Overview paper. This 40+ page document provides a solid technical overview of vSAN’s features and benefits. There is also a 30-minute technical overview video if you prefer to watch and listen rather than read: vSAN 6.7 Update 3 Technology Overview. Existing vSAN users can get a quick update on what is new with vSAN in this video.
When you are ready to get started with a technical evaluation and proof-of-concept, the vSAN 6.7 U3 Proof of Concept Guide provides excellent, detailed guidance on installing and configuring vSAN in your lab environment. This comprehensive guide covers a variety of topics including prerequisites, hardware selection, network setup, configuring vSAN, resilience testing, and performance testing. You will also get a great introduction to storage policy-based management and some coverage of “Day 2” management and operations.
vSAN Tech Notes
Deeper dives on specific topics are available in the Tech Notes section of StorageHub. Here you will find details on items such as vSAN dashboards in vRealize Operations that enable migration to vSAN, detailed capacity reporting, and consistent operations across multiple vSAN clusters.
You can also read about vSAN’s adaptive resync capabilities, rapid configuration of vSphere and vSAN clusters using Cluster QuickStart, the new vsantop performance monitoring feature, data encryption-at-rest, and how vSAN stores and distributes data to achieve high availability and durability. All of these and many more documents are available on StorageHub.
Get Started with an HCI Assessment
Once you’ve made it through the content above, you can take that first step into deploying hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN in your environment by requesting a free HCI assessment. This assessment gives you visibility into the resource requirements of your workloads and provides a fast, easy path to get to HCI and hybrid cloud. This assessment is non-intrusive and makes no system modifications. Get started here: HCI Assessment
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