Now that the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) is installed and networking is configured on our hosts, it’s time to setup vSAN and go over some of the options.
VMware’s HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure) solution is VSAN – or Virtual SAN. It’s a kernel based solution built right into the ESXi Hypervisor, that allows each server to consume local storage, and pool it together and share it back out to the VMware cluster. A minimum of 2 hosts is required (plus another witness appliance) or […]
Recently, I was moving my lab away from the VSAN beta code, and onto the ESXi 5.5 update 1 bits. I started fresh with my hosts, and simply upgraded my vCenter server. However, I ran into an issue once I had enabled VSAN. I had no storage profiles. If I clicked on refresh, it […]
During the vmware.com/now event today, VMware announced some exciting news! Here’s a quick rundown of some main points. VSAN will be Generally Available the week of March 10th! VSAN Licensing and pricing will be announced at GA Now scalable to 32 Nodes! 4.4 PB of VSAN space! Performance has been tested all the way to […]
Installation of VMware’s Virtual SAN (VSAN) couldn’t be easier. No, really! To start with, in my lab environment, I have 4 servers that will participate in the VSAN cluster, and 3 of which will provide storage resources to the VSAN cluster. 3x DL160 G6 with: 128GB SSD 3x 250GB SATA drives (or larger) 1x DL360 […]
This is part 1 in a new series covering VMware VSAN. Stay tuned for more! VMware VSAN (Virtual SAN) is a new storage offering from VMware, not to be confused with the VMware VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance), which serves a different purpose entirely. VSAN is a scale out storage solution that utilizes the local […]
With vSphere 5.5 now out, it was time to refresh my lab. I have ESXi 5.5 installed on a DL160 G6, with 1 SSD and 3 SATA drives, so I decided to make a single node VSAN instance. (3 nodes is a minimum for a supported configuration). The plan was to spin up some […]