I am in Australia this week for the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon’s. Had a bunch of meetings yesterday and this morning the news was dropped that Intel Optane support was released for vSAN. The performance claims look great, 2.5x more IOPS and 2.5x less latency. (I don’t know the test specifics yet.) On top of that, Optane typically has a higher endurance rating, meaning that the device can incur a lot more writes, which makes it an ideal device for the vSAN caching layer.
While talking to customers the past couple of days though it was clear to me that performance is one thing, but flexibility of configuration is much more important. With vSAN you have the ability to select any server from the vSphere HCL and pick the components you want as long as they are on the vSAN HCL. Or you can simply pick a ready node and swap components as needed. As long as the controller remains the same for a ready node you can do that. Either way, you have choice, and now with Optane being certified you can use the latest in flash technology with vSAN!
Oh for those paying attention, the Intel P4800X Optane device isn’t listed on the HCL yet. The database is being updated as we speak, and the device should be included soon!