In 2013 VSAN saw the day of light, the beta was released. Now 3 years later you have the opportunity to once again sign up and help improve our product. Over the last couple of years we have seen many new features introduced, so you may wonder what is left. There will be various enhancements in this release, but we are in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features:
- Software data-at-rest encryption
- Local Protection for Stretched Clusters, for two-layer protection of stretched clusters: across sites and locally
- New operational management enhancements (Health checks from vCenter, monitoring networking stats, and more)
I think most of these speak for itself, with regards to the Local Protection for Stretched Clusters, it basically allows you to protect your data within a site and across sites at the same time in a stretched cluster. In other words: RAID-1 across site and then RAID-1, 5 or 6 within a site. Something I am very excited about personally.
I don’t know how many people will be accepted for the beta, but if I find out I will report back. Sign up now: vmware.com/go/virtual-san-beta. PS: remember, these capabilities are still under development, are subject to change without notice and there is no guarantee of future availability.