VMware SABU has announced the “HCI Acceleration Kit”. Which allows enterprises to deploy vSAN, including single socket hardware, for under $25K per site for ROBO, distributed site use-cases. These types of deployments are typically seen in the retail, healthcare, oil/gas, military and manufacturing sectors.
I have gone through the vSAN 6.2 Design and Sizing Guide, the vSAN 6.2 Network Design Guide and the vSAN 6.2 Stretched Cluster & 2 Node Guide (230+ pages) and aggregated all of the design decisions, design considerations and best practices into one page of bullet points that is easy to consume. If you read any other articles on my blog, you will realise that I am very fond of condensed lists and summarized bullet points. Here is a comprehensive list of resources for all things vSAN.
This is the fourth major release of VSAN functionality. VMware is definitely taking this product seriously and trying to evolve VSAN to a true enterprise-grade SDS stack.
If you are a customer that has an extensive investment in the VMware eco-system from a people, process and technology perspective, then VSAN could be a good choice if you are dipping your toes into the HCI space for a small part of your infrastructure. Use-cases such as Management, DMZ, PCI, Dev/Test and EUC Clusters are a great fit, in my opinion. If you are selecting an enterprise-wide solution for mission/business critical applications, then a more mature SDS vendor would be worth considering to minimise risk.
Allow me to introduce Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, my three host, “VSAN Baby Dragon” Home Lab. Straight from “Game Of Thrones”, if you are wondering what the names mean. I finally bit the bullet and invested in some new kit to move away from the limited Embedded ESXi lab I was running on my MacBook Air. I sourced everything from the Computer Souq in Riyadh, since I did not want to wait for shipping, which can be expensive. I have provided the details for anyone who wants a vSphere lab that works without the head scratching. Continue reading