August 25th, 2015 by Adam Armstrong
VMware Updates Compatibility Guide With Ready Nodes
Today VMware updated their compatibility guide for VSAN with an emphasis on “ready nodes.” Previously if users wanted to check compatibility they would have to select individual components or a limited selection of ready nodes. This update should streamline the whole process into just a handful of clicks. Along with the focus on ready nodes, VMware has added to and rebranded its ready node profiles as well.
The new compatibility guide for VSAN enables users choose options such as all-flash or hybrid, the supported release, the vendor, and the profile. The profile option has dropped the old profile brands, that listed low, medium, and high for hybrid and all-flash, and replaced them with numbered series that indicates a similar principal with a new option between the low and the medium profile. The new option was added for customers that didn't quite need everything that come with the HY-6, including the price.
|Old Name||New Name|
|Hybrid Server Low||HY-2|
|Hybrid Server Medium||HY-6|
|Hybrid Server High||HY-8|
|Hybrid VDI Linked Clones||HY-8|
|Hybrid VDI Full Clones||HY-8|
|All Flash Server Medium||AF-6|
|All Flash Server High||AF-8|
|AF VDI Linked Clones||AF-8|
|AF VDI Full Clones||AF-8|
The specifications can still be found through the compatibility portal (a PDF is generated with the configuration requirements). An example is listed below. Users still have the option to customer configure their components if they so choose.
|MODEL||CPU / MEM||STORAGE CAP||Perfromance||VMs/node|
|HY-2||1 x 6 core / 32GB||2TB||4K IOPS||Up to 20|
|HY-4||2 x 8 core / 128GB||4TB||10K IOPS||Up to 30|
|HY-6||2 x 10 core / 256GB||8TB||20K IOPS||Up to 50|
|HY-8||2 x 12 core / 348GB||12TB||40K IOPS||Up to 100|
|AF-6||2x12 core / 256GB||8TB||50K IOPS||Up to 60|
|AF-8||2x12 core / 348GB||12TB||80K IOPS||Up to 120|