Today is the day, finally… the Virtual SAN (VSAN) launch. Many people have been waiting for this one. With 12.000 plus beta participants this was one of the biggest projects I have ever seen within VMware. It is truly impressive to see how the product has grown and what the team has done. Before I will provide you with some of the details of the announcement I want to share something else that all of you should look out for:
Cormac Hogan and I decided it was time for a book on Virtual SAN. Both of us have published many articles about VSAN the last 9 months and have been working with the product for over a year now so it only made sense. We have decided, and this wasn’t an easy decision for me, to go with VMware Press. When I say “not an easy decision” I don’t want to sound negative about using publisher, but it is just that I have had a great experience (and results) with self-publishing. It was time for a new experience though, try something different. As we speak we are working hard to get the final set of chapters in for review / editing and we are hoping to have the book available before VMworld. I am guessing that the rough cuts will be available through Safari in the upcoming weeks, if so I will let you know via a blog post.
Now lets get back to the topic of the day again, Virtual SAN Launch… So what was announced today?
- General Availability of Virtual SAN 1.0 the week of the 10th of March
- vSphere 5.5 Update 1 will support VSAN GA
- Support for 32 hosts in a Virtual SAN cluster
- Support for 3200 VMs in a Virtual SAN cluster
- Note, due to HA restrictions only 2048 VMs can be HA protected!
- Full support for VMware Horizon / View
- Elastic and Linear Scalability for both capacity and performance
- VSAN is not a VSA. Performance is much better than any VSA!
- 2 Million IOPS validated in a 32 host Virtual SAN cluster
- ~ 4.5PB in a 32 host cluster
- 13 different VSAN Ready Node configurations between Cisco IBM Fujitsu and Dell available at GA, more coming soon!
Once again, great work by the VSAN team. Version 1.0 just got release, and I can barely wait for the next release to become available!