With the release of VMware Virtual SAN we have several new acronyms and abbreviations. What does they stand for? I've created a shot list about all abbreviations… Read More »VSAN - What does CLOM, OSFS and CMMDS stand for?
VMware Virtual SAN and its pricing model is now available. The pricing model is very simple and, just like the model for the hypervisor, based on CPU sockets. There is no feature, capacity or scale limit. VSAN has to be licensed on top of the hypervisor and the whole cluster has to be licensed. This implies that you have to license each host in the cluster, even when it does not have any local disks and is only part of the cluster as a VSAN Agent. A more detailed description of VSAN licensing is available here.
I've created a VSAN License Calculator. Just enter the number of hosts and sockets per host in your cluster and it will calculate the total price of all required VMware products. It also includes a license cost breakdown which shows the price for each component separately.
Last week, VMware has announced the general availability of VMware Virtual SAN. At a webcast event that was held a few days ago they did not release licensing and pricing information. Today VMware disclosed the secret: Virtual SAN is priced at $2,495 per CPU and at $50 per user for VDI deployments. Let's see how competitors at the Hyper-Converged market like Nutanix, Simplivity, Pivot3 or Scale Computing will react.
VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 is available for download now. There are no additional binaries required to get started. Just download vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (vCenter and ESXi) and get started. Virtual SAN requires a separate license which is also available as 60 days evaluation.
This is the week where VMware Virtual SAN is going to be released. This might change the storage landscape massively as it brings a radically simple hyper-converged storage. Before it goes GA in a few days I want to give a brief overview of the current storage landscape and how it has been transformed from traditional LUN based storage to a hyper-converged infrastructure.
- Traditional Storage
- Hybrid Arrays
- All Flash Arrays
- Software-Defined Storage
- Storage Virtualization
- Converged Infrastructure
At VMworld 2013, VMware announced the public beta of its Software-defined Storage platform Virtual SAN. Today at the VMware NOW - Virtual SAN Special Online Event the final release date for Virtual SAN 1.0 was announced. Virtual SAN will be released in a few days, together with vSphere 5.5 Update 1. Unfortunately, there are still no pricing information.
One of the most intresting topic from the last VMware Partner Exchange 2014 was definetaly Virtual SAN. There were pleny sessions about VSAN which will be part of VMwares SDDC Suite. I tried to collect all updates announced at PEX in this post.
Part 5, the last part, of the "Manage VSAN with RVC" series covers only one command: VSAN Observer. Observer is a powerful command that gathers performance related metrics down to the physical disks. Statistics can be exported in JSON, saved as HTML or directly viewed from a web browser.
Part 4 of the "Manage VSAN with RVC" series covers commands that are useful to troubleshoot VSAN configurations. The commands can measures performance metrics and fix configuration issues:
Part 3 of the "Manage VSAN with RVC" series explains commands related to VSAN objects. This commands provide an insight on how VSAN works. You can identify the status of objects and where they are located: