A lot of folks have been looking for VSAN reference materials now that vSphere 5.5 is available and the VSAN beta can commence in earnest. Many VMware employees, who are also bloggers, have put together quite a bit of information to get you well and truly on your way to a successful VSAN deployment. This post will pull this information into one place of reference.
First of all, to get us started, here are a few useful links on how to sign up to the VSAN beta, the link to the beta community and some demos, videos and labs:
- Sign up for the VSAN beta – http://vsanbeta.com
- The VSAN beta community site has a white paper, technical FAQ and POC kit. (access to the community is only available after going through the registration process)
- Familiarize yourself with VSAN using these walk-through demos.
- Watch some VSAN videos on VMware’s YouTube channel VMwareTV.
- Take a Hands-On-Lab (HOL) on VSAN.
Now let’s list some VSAN information from VMware’s own bloggers.
- Andre Leibovici has some great articles on VSAN with VMware View, one of our major use cases.
- Cormac Hogan has a series of VSAN articles to get you started.
- Chuck Hollis also has some interesting observations on VSAN.
- David Hill has some good VSAN posts.
- Duncan Epping has numerous posts on VSAN which are always worth referencing.
- Mike Laverick also adds his impressions of VSAN.
- Rawlinson Rivera also has some good VSAN posts, especially on the RVC tool, which can be used for monitoring performance and troubleshooting
- William Lam also shares some interesting VSAN tips and tricks.
Of course, a quick search of the vSphere blog will also show a few VSAN or Virtual SAN posts (some by our R&D folks), and more of which will be added over the coming months.
I hope you find this single point of reference for VSAN links useful.
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