VMware announces General Availability of VMware Virtual SAN

April 22, 2014
VMware announces General Availability of VMware Virtual SAN

VMware Virtual SAN is VMware’s first software-defined storage product – built directly into the VMware vSphere kernel to provide a new tier of hypervisor-converged storage – and today we are announcing its general availability.

VMware Virtual SAN is VMware’s first software-defined storage product – built directly into the VMware vSphere kernel to provide a new tier of hypervisor-converged storage – and today we are announcing its general availability.

Anyone familiar with VMware vSphere will know the principles on which VMware Virtual SAN is built; taking an application-centric approach to providing simple solutions for virtual environments. “Customers that know VMware vSphere know VMware Virtual SAN, and can rely on that familiarity to hit the ground running with VMware Virtual SAN,’ said John Gilmartin, Vice President and General Manager, SDDC Suite Business Unit, VMware. “With this launch today VMware changes the way that storage has operated to date.”

Management and Integration

The system runs on a policy-based management system – users assign individual policies with their own unique resource levels to individual VMs, and Virtual SAN handles the rest, taking the day-to-day management of provisioning storage off your hands by automating many of the standard manual storage tasks CIOs and IT teams encounter. Plus, if workloads change, you can responsively reassign policies to handle these fluctuations on the fly.

Virtual SAN is also integrated with the vSphere web client, allowing users to manage compute and storage through the same interface to further simplify the management process. Also working seamlessly with vSphere components, it allows for the implementation of backup, cloning and replication to further protect your processes.

Performance and Speed

The software abstracts and pools internal magnetic disks and flash devices from industry-standard x86 servers to produce a high-performance and resilient shared datastore for virtual machines. Being embedded inside the ESXI kernel means it can optimise the data I/O path to deliver exceptional performance levels.

With all these measures in place, you’d expect nothing less than superior process speeds and fast delivery, and internal benchmarks have shown VMware Virtual SAN can perform up to 2 million IOPS (input/output operations per second) on a 32 node cluster.

Virtual SAN was built with a customer’s TCO in mind; the ability to increase or decrease the size of their Virtual SAN cluster on a responsive basis, at a responsive speed, reduces a business’s typical expenditures on costly processing and storage services they don’t necessarily need at all times. The automation of processes and increased management capabilities mentioned above also help reduce management time on the business side, again helping release resources.

Put simply, Virtual SAN makes your IT processes, and your business, smarter, more responsive and more cost-effective, and we’re delighted to roll it out globally today.

For more information about VMware Virtual SAN, you can visit the website.


 
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