Use cases for Virtual SAN include mission-critical applications, test and development, remote and branch offices, disaster recovery sites, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Virtual SAN supports a number of configuration options such as 2-node clusters for small implementations at remote offices to clusters as large as 64 nodes delivering over 6 million IOPS. Stretched clusters can also be configured to provide resiliency against site failure and workload migration with no downtime for disaster avoidance. VMware provides the market-leading HCI platform powered by vCenter Server, vSphere and Virtual SAN.
VMware Virtual SAN™ powers the leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions helping customers respond faster to dynamic demands, reduce TCO and prepare for tomorrow’s IT needs. Uniquely embedded in the hypervisor, Virtual SAN delivers flash-optimized, high-performance storage for hyper-converged infrastructure. It leverages commodity x86 components that easily scale to drastically lower TCO by up to 50% and deliver all-flash solutions for as low as half the price of competitive hybrid HCI systems. Seamless integration with VMware vSphere® and the entire VMware stack makes it the simplest storage platform for virtual machines—whether running business-critical applications, virtual desktops or remote IT applications.
vSAN 6.5 delivers the industry’s best storage value with ease of management, high performance, low cost, and a future-proof roadmap supporting any app, any scale. vSAN pools serverattached solid-state flash devices to create a distributed shared datastore that abstracts the storage hardware and provides a hyper-converged storage optimized for virtual machines
Uwe Neumeier, VP, Head of Datacenter Business EMEIA at Fujitsu, talks about the VMware/Fujitsu relationship, specifically when it comes to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, such as Fujitsu Integrated Systems PRIMEFLEX. In addition to highlighting the strong VMware/Fujitsu relationship, Neumeier also touches on the Fujitsu interest in VMware Cloud Foundation – as they work with VMware to build an integrated solution that brings to customers a unified SDDC platform on top of the Fujitsu services.
VMware HCS is the premier solution for HCI featuring precise controls for compute, network, and storage resource administration. Allocate the exact amount of resources required for an application and easily adjust them without downtime as resource demand changes. Utilize local storage devices to create a resilient storage platform with extreme performance with Virtual SAN. The integration of Virtual SAN and vSphere simplifies administration through policy-based management. Build highly available clusters using vCenter Server and vSphere with standard x86 hardware to manage CPU and memory as pools of compute capacity. A variety of mixed workloads such as web sites, applications, databases, virtual desktops, file services, and communications can benefit from a single HCI platform including shared storage with VMware HCS.
This document focuses on helping administrators to correctly design and size a Virtual SAN cluster, and answer some of the common questions around number of hosts, number of flash devices, number of magnetic disks, and detailed configuration questions to help to correctly and successfully deploy a Virtual SAN.
This white paper examines the performance of Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) applications with Virtual SAN 6.2. The OLTP applications, which model an online retail store and a brokerage house workload, involve a large number of client transactions. The performance of such workloads are crucial to businesses such as banks, airlines, and retailers. Overall, Virtual SAN 6.2 performs well and provides stable and consistent I/O capability to the two OLTP workloads. Furthermore, tests show that Virtual SAN 6.2’s space efficiency features provide substantial disk space savings and can significantly reduce customers’ storage costs per gigabyte (GB). Lastly, Virtual SAN 6.2 performs well during source failure with only a small drop during recovery.