I’ve seen many questions on Virtual SAN packaging over the last 2 weeks so I figured I would share a table that shows what is possible with which license. A lot of the confusion is around the “ROBO” use case, and I want to make it crystal clear that you can deploy a 2-node ROBO configuration using Standard, Advanced or the special “Virtual SAN for ROBO” 25VM pack that will be made available. Anyway, when it comes to functionality the table below should make it crystal clear what is included with what.
Before anyone asks, “stretched clusters” refers to stretching across multiple sites. If you have 2 rooms in the same building then this is considered “rack awareness”. Two datacenters in two different buildings are considered being two sites. Also note that “Virtual SAN Advanced” is included in the “Horizon Advanced” and the “Horizon Enterprise” Suites. If you have either of those, I highly recommend testing Virtual SAN, I am seeing more and more customers taking advantage of it, a great storage platform which performs extremely and is really simple to manage is included in your suite, why not use it?!
The below table shows what the current licensing/packaging looks like for Virtual SAN 6.1. If a new version is released with new functionality I will update this table and article accordingly. Note that in the past there was a “hybrid” and “all-flash” license, these have been renamed to “standard” and “advanced” respectively. For pricing, please contact your partner or a VMware sales rep.
|VSAN for ROBO
(25 VM pack)
|Read/Write SSD Caching||X||X||X|
|Snapshots / Clones||X||X||X|
|vROps Management Pack||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)|
|vSphere Replication *||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)|
|ROBO Configuration||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)||X (new in 6.1)|
|Stretched Cluster||X (new in 6.1)|
* vSphere Replication is new with a 5 minute RPO, this was exclusive certified for Virtual SAN. In some material you will see this being referred too as VSAN Replication.
PS: My friend Rawlinson just posted a great video on how to configure a ROBO deployment of VSAN, for those wondering what it takes, I highly recommend watching this video as it shows the true strength of VSAN: