We had an interesting announcement here at VMworld EMEA yesterday, where the audience was told that Horizon View version 5.3 will support and have interoperability with Virtual SAN (VSAN). This was a timely announcement as our performance engineering team just released some very impressive VDI numbers using VMware’s new Virtual SAN storage system and View Planner.

In a nutshell, a 3 node VSAN cluster could host in the region of 90-100 desktops per host. More importantly the team observed linear performance scalability as more nodes were added to the cluster, with the team testing a 7 node VSAN cluster and successfully hosting around 650 desktops using the VDI Planner benchmarking tool.

Link to the benchmark results.

The VSAN beta is well underway. If you would like to get access to the material available on the VSAN beta communities site, including POC kit, sizing guide, and other collateral, register for the VSAN beta via

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Cormac Hogan

Cormac Hogan is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability Business Unit (SABU) at VMware. He has been with VMware since April 2005 and has previously held roles in VMware’s Technical Marketing and Technical Support organizations. He has written a number of storage related white papers and have given numerous presentations on storage best practices and vSphere storage features. He is also the co-author of the “Essential Virtual SAN” book published by VMware Press.