by Lyle Smith

VMware Virtual SAN Now Supports Broad Ecosystem

VMware has announced broad partner ecosystem support for VMware Virtual SAN, VMware's first Software-Defined Storage product. VMware Virtual SAN--which is currently in a very successful public beta--will be certified with hardware servers and devices from Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fusion-io, HGST, a Western Digital company, HP, IBM, Intel, LSI, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk and Seagate at general availability. This will provide customers with a fantastic range of options on which to run VMware Virtual SAN. 

VMware Virtual SAN offers a new tier of hypervisor-converged storage and pools hardware resources provided by industry-standard x86 servers with internal magnetic disks and server-side flash. This produces fast and resilient shared storage for virtual machines (VMs). Additionally, VMware Virtual SAN simplifies storage administration with its unique management approach based on VM-centric policies and built-in automation.  VMware Virtual SAN is a very important building block of the VMware software-defined storage vision, as it enables the delivery of storage functionality as software built into the VMware vSphere kernel.

Customers using VMware Virtual SAN with VMware will have two options for deployment: VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, and a component-based hardware compatibility list. A set of pre-configured servers that can be used with VMware Virtual SAN will be provided by VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes in order to simplify configuration and procurement. In addition, the hardware compatibility list will feature supported Flash devices, Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), I/O controllers and Solid State Storage, giving customers tremendous flexibility to select the servers and components they require.

Once VMware Virtual SAN is at the general availability release, it is expected that more than 150 components and 10 Ready Nodes will be certified with VMware Virtual SAN. Additional components are expected to be certified with VMware Virtual SAN over time.

Pricing and Availability

VMware Virtual SAN is expected to become generally available sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Pricing will be announced at that time.

Customers, partners, and prospects looking to download and test VMware Virtual SAN can register for the public beta at: http://www.vsanbeta.com

The VMware Compatibility Guide for VMware Virtual SAN is available here.

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