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Introducing the vSAN Data Persistence Platform for Modern Stateful Services

 
Today, we are taking our commitment to supporting modern apps on Kubernetes to the next level by announcing the VMware vSAN™ Data Persistence platform, as well as partnerships with some of the top-ranked companies in the areas of object storage and modern databases.

Modern apps depend on modern stateful services, such as object storage, NoSQL databases and event streaming services for their persistence needs. Over the past few years, we have been seeing an increasing amount of interest from customers to run modern stateful services on vSAN. Modern stateful services present unique requirements for IT infrastructure:
 
Fast response to developer needs: IT admins should be able to quickly respond to developer needs and deploy modern stateful services easily. Developers should be able to dynamically scale modern stateful services as their application scales.

Service coordinated IT operations: IT admins should have visibility into modern stateful services and insights into how infrastructure operations, such as planned maintenance and lifecycle management, will impact the availability of modern stateful services.

Support for shared nothing architecture: Most modern stateful services are designed in a shared nothing architecture and have data services such as replication and encryption natively built in. Deploying such modern distributed systems requires rethinking storage assumptions about what features and capabilities should be provided by the infrastructure.
 
The vSAN Data Persistence platform is going to transform how modern stateful services will be deployed and managed in the private cloud. It provides a framework for modern stateful service partners to interoperate with the underlying VMware infrastructure so that their software can run on VMware Cloud Foundation™ with VMware Tanzu™ optimally. The result is that you can run modern stateful services with lower TCO and simplified operations and management.
 
vSAN 7 U1 Data Persistence
 
We are excited to unveil the first group of partners for the vSAN Data Persistence platform:
 
Cloudian
Cloudian HyperStore offers an enterprise grade, infinitely scalable, geo distributed, secure, multi-tenant storage solution with industry leading S3-API compatibility needed for your modern applications.

 
DataStax
DataStax Enterprise is a scale-out, cloud-native NoSQL database built on open source Apache Cassandra, supporting NoSQL workloads from graphs to search to analytics.

Modern, scale-out, cloud-native applications require a transformational data architecture that enables improved operating economics, developer productivity, operational reliability, and time-to-market. With DataStax Enterprise, organizations can enable hybrid database-as-a-service that can run any workload on any cloud with zero downtime at global scale.

 
Dell Technologies
Dell EMC ObjectScale, currently in Early Access , delivers an enterprise-grade, software-defined, object storage platform capable of scaling to any capacity required. With rich S3-compatibility, built-in data protection and native multi-tenancy, ObjectScale supports modern applications at public cloud like flexibility with the reliability and control of a private cloud infrastructure.
 

MinIO
MinIO High Performance Object Storage is open source, Amazon S3 compatible, Kubernetes-native and is designed for cloud native workloads.

 
Our engineering team have been working closely with these partners to deliver the following capabilities:
 
Automatic service deployment and scaling: In March 2020, VMware announced VMware Cloud Foundation™ Services as an integrated Kubernetes and RESTful API surface that allows customers to have API access to cloud infrastructure such as virtual machines and Kubernetes clusters.

The same cloud delivery model will be extended to modern stateful services: by connecting the Kubernetes operators of our partners with VMware vSphere®, IT admins can easily install and deploy a modern stateful service on vSphere clusters straight from the VMware vCenter® UI and grant developers access to the service through namespaces in vSphere. Developers can provision and scale instances of the modern stateful service dynamically in a self-service manner through Kubernetes APIs.

VMware integrated service monitoring: Modern stateful service partners can build service-dedicated dashboards in vCenter, offering a seamless experience for IT admins to manage modern stateful services without having to leave vSphere.

vSAN already offers rich health and capacity monitoring for VM and container volumes. The granular monitoring capabilities will be extended to modern stateful services to aid users in capacity planning and troubleshooting service issues.

Service-aware infrastructure operations: For planned infrastructure operations such as maintenance and lifecycle management, the vSAN Data Persistence platform enables that the modern stateful services are made aware of the upcoming infrastructure operations and can coordinate activities with the infrastructure changes to keep the services up and running.

vSAN Direct Configuration: vSAN Direct Configuration™ enables modern stateful services to run on vSAN with optimal storage efficiency and TCO.

 
Together with our partners, we are modernizing how enterprises deliver and consume stateful services at scale with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu. IT admins will be able to run modern stateful services with lower TCO by leveraging replication in the modern stateful service layer, by standardizing the deployment and management of modern stateful services, and by consolidating both traditional workloads and modern stateful services on the same platform to eliminate infrastructure silos and leverage common skills and training. Developers will be able to dynamically provision and scale modern stateful services based on their application needs with Kubernetes APIs, which greatly reduces time to market for their applications and accelerates innovation—the ability to respond to application changes and to deliver new applications is now a competitive advantage.
 
Here’s what our partners have to say about the vSAN Data Persistence platform and the partnerships:
 

“We’re excited about extending our strong VMware partnership to offer their customers Cloudian’s limitlessly scalable, geo-distributed, multi-tenant and fully native S3-compatible object storage services within their cloud-native environments,” said Sanjay Jagad, Senior Director of Products and Solutions at Cloudian.
 
“Modern, cloud-native applications require a transformational data architecture and microservices approach to enable dramatically improved operations and TCO, developer productivity, and time-to-market. With the vSAN Data Persistence platform and DataStax Enterprise hybrid-database as a service, organizations can run any workload on any cloud with zero downtime at global scale,” said Ed Anuff, Chief Product Officer, DataStax.
 
“We’re delighted to see the continued innovation from VMware for modern applications. The vSAN Data Persistence platform will get enterprise IT admins rethinking how they can respond to their developer needs faster and run modern stateful applications more efficiently. Through the integration with the vSAN Data Persistence platform, our cloud-scale, enterprise-ready and S3-compatible object storage solution ObjectScale empowers customers to optimally deploy on their existing infrastructure platform,” said Travis Vigil, Senior Vice President Product Management at Dell Technologies.
 
“The addition of the Kubernetes API and vSAN Data Persistence platform at the heart of VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu represents a tectonic shift for the Kubernetes community”, noted AB Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of MinIO. “The native Kubernetes API enables VMware’s customers to immediately access a rich ecosystem of cloud-native applications, many of which are natively integrated with MinIO.”

 
Check out the blog announcements by our partners for more details about each partnership:
 

 
We are looking forward to seeing you at VMworld (September 29 – October 1):
 
Join the upcoming VMworld panel discussion with our customer and partners and learn how the vSAN Data Persistence platform maximizes the power of modern stateful services:

  • Maximize the Power of Modern Stateful Services [HCI1979]

Join these sessions to get a technical deep dive of the vSAN Data Persistence platform as well as new features and capabilities of Cloud Native Storage in vSphere and vSAN:

  • Deep Dive: vSAN Data Persistence Platform [HCI2529]
  • What’s New in CNS [HCI2514]

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Stay tuned for the availability of partner services on the vSAN Data Persistence platform and the latest and greatest about Cloud Native Storage in vSAN on our website.

 
 
 

1.Requirements (2 options): 1) VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu, 2) vSphere with Tanzu and NSX-T.
2.An Early Access release is a pre-general availability beta program for organizations to test the ObjectScale code base in a non-production environment.
3.The vSAN Data Persistence platform provides a framework for software technology partners to integrate with VMware infrastructure. Each partner must develop their own plug-in for VMware customers to receive the benefits of vSAN Data Persistence platform. The platform is not operational until the partner solution running on top is operational.