VMware continues to rapidly update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5 — its fifth product release in less than three years. The new release will improve total cost of ownership (TCO) savings an additional 50 percent by adding support for containers and physical workloads, unveiling iSCSI support, eliminating networking hardware costs from two-node Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) configurations, and adding all-flash hardware support to Virtual SAN Standard Edition. VMware Virtual SAN 6.5 will deliver:
- iSCSI Support – will enable Virtual SAN storage to be presented as an iSCSI target for external physical workloads including clustered applications such as Microsoft SQL Server with Failover Clustering on a limited number of physical servers.
- Containers Support – Virtual SAN will provide persistent data layer for containerized applications via VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.
- Two-node Direct Connect – new functionality will eliminate the need for routers/switches between Virtual SAN systems in ROBO sites helping customers lower infrastructure costs by 15 to 20 percent per site.
- REST APIs and Expanded PowerCLI – will help customers accelerate responsiveness with enterprise-class automation that brings cloud-like flexibility and management to Virtual SAN environments.
- 512e Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) – support for 512-byte emulated disk drives enables high-capacity drives to be supported.
In Q4 2016, VMware will update the packaging for Virtual SAN Standard Edition to introduce support for basic all-flash configurations enabling customers to further lower TCO for their storage system.
VMware today is announcing a new VMware Ready for vSAN certification program to provide customers with the confidence that file services and data protection partner solutions will seamlessly deploy, run and interoperate with Virtual SAN. The program will accelerate customer time-to-value by helping them to quickly find a qualified solution partner. Dell EMC, NetApp and Nexenta are the initial file services partners. Commvault, Dell EMC, Veeam and Veritas are the initial data protection partners participating in this program. Over time, VMware expects to work with additional partners to further enhance the ecosystem.
In addition, VMware is also announcing vSphere Virtual Volumes™ 2.0, which will feature enhanced enterprise-readiness through capabilities like native support for array replication, as well as support for business-critical applications such as Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters.