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There’s a long and constantly-growing list of supported components, but — no — not *everything* you might encounter in the wild. It’s vitally important to use only listed components, drivers and firmware on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) especially if you don’t want nasty surprises.

However, we strongly recommend that customers use vSAN Ready Nodes as a starting point — either purchase them as configured, or use them as a starting point for your own design.


As vSAN only communicates with vSphere virtual machines, there’s really no need for a standard storage protocol. vSAN uses a proprietary protocol within the cluster that’s more efficient than the familiar choices.

If you want to expose vSAN storage outside of the vSphere cluster, there are some good third-party choices for that.


Well, vSAN was mainly designed to be managed by vSphere administrators.

That’s one of its unique strengths — no specialized storage skills required.

However, in some situations, there’s a preference to have the storage team continue to do this job. Today, they would have to use the same tools as the vSphere administration team. A few customers have decided to go this way, and it seems to be working for them.

Can vSAN support any server, disk, flash, IO controller, etc.?
There’s a long and constantly-growing list of supported components, but — no — not *everything* you might encounter in the wild. It’s vitally important to use only listed components, drivers and firmware on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) especially if you don’t want nasty surprises.However, we strongly recommend that customers use vSAN Ready Nodes as a starting point — either purchase them as configured, or use them as a starting point for your own design.
What storage protocols does vSAN support? E.g. iSCSI, NFS, etc.
As vSAN only communicates with vSphere virtual machines, there’s really no need for a standard storage protocol. vSAN uses a proprietary protocol within the cluster that’s more efficient than the familiar choices.If you want to expose vSAN storage outside of the vSphere cluster, there are some good third-party choices for that.
My storage team is interested in managing vSAN — what tools do you have for them?
Well, vSAN was mainly designed to be managed by vSphere administrators.That’s one of its unique strengths — no specialized storage skills required.

However, in some situations, there’s a preference to have the storage team continue to do this job. Today, they would have to use the same tools as the vSphere administration team. A few customers have decided to go this way, and it seems to be working for them.