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VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 is a software-defined, scale-out hypervisor-converged storage platform that allows you great flexibility and choice in how you design your storage VSAN Hardware Build Your Ownsolution. This flexibility allows you the option to either build your own Virtual SAN node using the hardware platform of your choice from any supported hardware vendor on the VMware Compatibility Guide, or choosing a Virtual SAN Ready Node  that provides a prescriptive node configuration from a vendor of your choice.

The Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance whitepaper will provide the information you need to make the proper hardware design choices when either building a new (greenfield) Virtual SAN solution, or retrofitting existing servers (brownfield) to support Virtual SAN.

Topics covered in the Virtual SAN Hardware Guidance whitepaper includes

  • Server Form Factors
  • Server Boot Devices
  • Flash Devices
  • Magnetic Hard Disk Drives
  • Storage Controllers
  • Networking

Download the VMware Virtual SAN Hardware Design Guide today and start building your Virtual SAN solution!



About the Author

Wade Holmes

Wade Holmes, VCDX #15, CISSP, CCSK, is Director of Technical Product Management within VMware's Cloud Provider Software Business Unit. Wade has over 19 years of industry experience in leadership, technical product management, technical marketing, and design of products and solutions used in complex computing environments of all scopes and sizes. Wade has presented at numerous industry conferences and is the author of the NSX Micro-segmentation Day 1 book and co-author of the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit book. Wade holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology and a Masters Degree in Information Assurance. Wade also blogs on, and you can follow Wade on Twitter @wholmes.