VMware's hyper-converged software, consisting of VMware vSphere, Virtual SAN and vCenter Server transforms x86 servers and direct-attached storage into simple and robust HCI systems that help organisations reduce IT costs and management complexity while achieving breakthrough performance. In conjunction with its expansive partner ecosystem, VMware offers its hyper-converged software on the broadest set of consumption options from turnkey HCI appliances developed jointly by VMware and EMC to certified platforms in the form of VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes available from 11 OEMs.
"VMware's hyper-converged software is gaining customer traction due to its simple, cost-effective and high-performance architecture that enables customers to rapidly and predictably deliver infrastructure to meet business needs", stated Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. "We anticipate that today's launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, which delivers up to 10x greater storage efficiency, will further accelerate customer interest in hyper-converged infrastructure powered by VMware software to build out their software-defined data centres."
VMware continues to rapidly evolve its hyper-converged software with VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, the fourth-generation of VMware's simple, enterprise-grade native storage for vSphere. This latest release introduces new advanced data efficiency capabilities for all-flash storage, in addition to new Quality of Service and performance and capacity monitoring capabilities. The new features will help customers to achieve a more cost-efficient performance, improve support for any application and accelerate time-to- value. With its new data efficiency capabilities, VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 will enable an all-flash HCI system for as low as a $1 per usable GB and increases storage efficiency by up to 10x.
New features will include:
VMware Virtual SAN is designed to be the optimal storage solution for VMware vSphere virtual machines. The software enables core storage services for virtualized production environments, with greater performance, scalability, flexibility, and lower latency and cost. Featuring storage policy-based management, VMware Virtual SAN shifts the management model for storage from the device to the application, enabling administrators to provision storage for applications in minutes. VMware Virtual SAN is ideal for a range of use cases including business-critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), remote office/branch office (ROBO), and test and development environments.
In conjunction with the introduction of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2, VMware is unveiling extensions to VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes (pre-certified configurations of servers) through its OEM partners. To date, VMware has partnered with 11 server OEMs to deliver more than 100 systems certified to run VMware's hyper-converged software.
New extensions to the VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node programme will provide OEM partners with the option to factory install VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN with certified drivers and firmware to simplify day-one operations and accelerate customer time-to-value. Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems and Supermicro are the initial OEMs to offer these new VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes. These extended VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes can also be bundled with software licenses or can accommodate customer-provided licenses. Additionally, OEM partners have the ability to offer unified support for both hardware and software components.
These extensions will enable VMware and its ecosystem partners to continue to offer customers the broadest selection of consumption models and system configurations. Over time, additional partner Virtual SAN Ready Nodes offerings will be introduced. VMware anticipates further expanding consumption options for its hyper-converged software later this month by partnering closely with EMC to develop a next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE.
"In the past, we had limited ability to add storage or scale to meet our growing needs. Today with VMware Virtual SAN, I can add more disk on the fly without even thinking about it, and memory upgrades have become a breeze. I'm looking forward to the new Quality of Service capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.2 to allow us to manage performance SLAs for our core business applications including our automation systems, ERP system and databases", stated Caleb Holmstrom, Network Administrator, Agropur Ingredients.
"Using VMware, we reduced 21 physical servers down to a three-node cluster with local storage based on Virtual SAN. It exponentially increased performance. What used to take our users 30 to 45 minutes to accomplish - entering grades or scheduling, for instance - in the old environment, now takes less than five minutes. I'm looking forward to testing the new data efficiency capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 on our all-flash storage system", stated Kenny Wilder, Director of Network Infrastructure, Fulton County Schools.
"As a leading travel website, we support up to 25 million monthly visitors searching through our database of 634,000 hotels. Through VMware partner PlusServer, we use VMware Virtual SAN for a high performance, resilient and scalable shared storage solution. It ensures our business-critical applications are up-and-running even during the busy summer and winter seasons when we experience a surge of traffic. Working alongside PlusServer, we are keen to explore the new capabilities in order to achieve even more value from VMware's hypervisor-converged storage for VMs", stated Frank Rössler, Head of IT Operations, HolidayCheck.
"As part of United Utilities overall digital strategy we have made major steps forward with our journey to building a software-defined data centre. Taking advantage of hyper-converged infrastructure systems allows us to simplify our operations. VMware Virtual SAN provides us with enterprise-class storage services for our virtualized environments. It seamlessly integrates with vSphere and the entire VMware stack, bringing predictable scalability and high performance. With the latest release of VMware Virtual SAN, VMware continues to innovate and introduce key new features for software defined infrastructures, and that makes our job easier", stated Jorge Grifo, Head of Infrastructure Architecture, United Utilities.
VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 is expected to become available in Q1 2016. VMware Virtual SAN list price starts at $2,495 per CPU. VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop list price starts at $50 per user.
Partners are expected to deliver new VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes throughout 1H 2016.