VMware Virtual SAN now generally available

News Jane McCallion Mar 13, 2014

Product simplifies storage provisioning while reducing cost of ownership, company claims

VMware has announced the general availability of its first software-defined storage product, VMware Virtual SAN.

The product is built directly into the VMware vSphere Kernel and, according to the virtualisation giant, provides a new tier of converged hypervisor-converged storage.

VMware claims VMware Virtual SAN simplifies storage provisioning and management at the same time as reducing total cost of ownership.

Furthermore, it provides the reliability and robustness of an enterprise storage system, the company said, and is highly resilient to protect against data loss in the case of any hardware failures.

The product abstracts and pools internal magnetic disks and flash devices from industry-standard x86 servers to produce high-performance, resilient shared data stores for virtual machines.

According to initial benchmarks reported by the company, VMware Virtual SAN performs two-million IOPS on a read-only workload on a 32 node cluster and 640,000 IOPS on a mixed workload 32 node cluster.

John Gilmartin, VP and GM of the SDDC Suite Business Unit at VMware, said: “VMware Virtual SAN is a radically simple storage solution optimised for virtual environments that brings an application-centric approach to storage management. Customers that know VMware vSphere know VMware Virtual SAN, and can rely on that familiarity to hit the ground running.”

VMware Virtual SAN is priced at $2,495 per processer and VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop is available for $50 per user.

The company is also offering customers the opportunity to purchase a bundle of VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced for $2,875 per processor for a limited time.

Additionally, VMware vSphere Storage Appliance customers will be able to upgrade to VMware Virtual SAN for 20 per cent off the original price, also for a limited time.

The product is available immediately.