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VMware VSAN License Calculator

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.

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VMware Virtual SAN Licensing and Pricing

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. vsan-vmware-virtual-san-box

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Storage Landscape - From Traditional Storage to Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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
  • Hyper-Converged

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VMware Virtual SAN General Availability Announced

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.

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Manage VSAN 5.5 with RVC Part 3 – Object Management

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:

  • vsan.disks_info
  • vsan.disks_stats
  • vsan.cmmds_find
  • vsan.vm_object_info
  • vsan.disk_object_info
  • vsan.object_info
  • vsan.object_reconfigure

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