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Crashing open the doors to scalability with VSAN 6.2

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on July 28, 2016 by Allan Meace

What if I told you there is a radical new way to break through traditional IT walls with a bold, flexible, yet easy enterprise-level storage? AND you’re not tied into a single proprietary appliance or hardware vendor…

What is VSAN?

VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple, enterprise-class native storage for VMware Hyperconverged Software solutions. Uniquely embedded in the hypervisor, Virtual SAN delivers high performance and flash-optimized hyper-converged storage for any virtualized application…at a fraction of the cost of traditional, purpose-built storage and other less-efficient hyper-converged infrastructure solutions.

Virtual SAN clusters server-attached flash devices and/or hard disks to provide a flash-optimized, highly resilient shared datastore suitable for a variety of workloads including business-critical applications, virtual desktops, remote IT, DR, and DevOps infrastructure.

In other words, VSAN is server-based only. It abstracts, then pools, all the physical resources within that single server together with other servers -and with local storage!

These vendor approved architectures take the familiar server, storage, and networking we’re all used to, and add a sleek new software layer on top by utilizing a reference architecture and VSAN-ready nodes.

This configuration is absolutely ideal for a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ mentality than can scale out as you need it – simply adding resources granularly when more are required.

Taking it a step further, including VMware’s Virtual networking product called NSX across your datacenter can certainly enhance ease of use, performance, and security with microsegmentation

Imagine we could go back to when we invented “networking” and just start over. We would re-imagine everything from the start based on what we know now. What would you change? To name a few, I know spanning trees, control planes, 7 different layers of communication, port forwarding and throttling, QOS, routing and firewalls etc. all drive our customers nuts.

That is what NSX literally does: creates a single, cohesive, intelligent virtual layer of networking that can be implemented on your existing networking infrastructure.

Additionally, microsegmentation within NSX allows you to put a virtual firewall around every single VM to protect your internal and East/West traffic, effectively shrink wrapping your data, and policies to follow your users no matter what device they’re using.

Microsegmentation is what we like to call ‘security beyond the perimeter.’ Meaning that if a hacker breaches your virtual perimeter, they no longer have full, uncheked access to your environment.

Combining VSAN and NSX for the reasons above we’re finding is taking off in end-user computing and virtual-desktop (VDI) environments. Server-side storage in VSAN scales storage and performance (along with your growing company) in conjunction with providing the same experience to all users with any device using Vmware’s Software-Defined Datacenter. The bonus comes in when data is protected from all sides with NSX and microsegmentation.

Now you can see how Software-Defined is becoming the standard for all datacenters, and VMware is leading the drive behind it.

What’s New in vSAN 6.2?
As of the press release on February 10 2016, there are vast improvements in 6.2 for enhanced performance and security on an already simple platform such as:

  • Erasure Coding to utilize RAID 5/6 for space savings
  • Deduplication and compression on all-flash arrays
  • Stretched Cluster Support across sites
  • Enhanced Replication between clusters
  • Encryption all set VMware’s Software-Defined Storage solution (coming out this year)

Pair these features with VSAN’s inherent design for read-intensive workloads, and you have a storage solution purpose built for next generation deployments and mission critical applications.

For a Deeper Look into the new features, one of our best resources at VMWare, Kevin Groat, created this What’s New in VSAN 6.2 Video on his youtube channel.

What are you supposed to believe when sifting through countless blurbs and opinions all over the internet?

The real questions are:

  • How do you know vSAN is right for your business?
  • How will vSAN affect my applications?
  • How does it integrate with MY vision of the Software-Defined Datacenter?
  • How can you embrace the technology but not be locked in with proprietary appliances?

Softchoice and VMware have your answers and we will prove it with facts. Utilizing Softchoice’s skilled internal resources, combined with powerful assessments, we will ensure you always know exactly what you’re investing in. Our comprehensive Professional Services around VMware and the infrastructure can also allow you to focus on business initiatives while we do the rest.

Softchoice offers one of the most comprehensive Datacenter TechCheck Assessments in the industry to analyze your hardware and software workflows, combined with our vSphere Optimization Techcheck Assessment and resources, we can show you how the technology will allow you to be more flexible than ever.  We will even wrap it in a nice bow with current VMware promotions.

Contact your dedicated sales rep at Softchoice to get started.

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