Yesterday, VMware released vSphere 5.5 U1 and includes many improvements, but also the production-ready version of VMware VSAN.
All previous updates and patches have been included in this release, making it an easier choice for your to upgrade instantly to vSphere 5.5 U1 instead of installing seperate patches to your environment. Ofcourse, always test new releases in your test environment before deploying it into your production environment. See the new product releases below:
Now, on with the fun!
First of all, vCenter Server can now be installed on Windows Server 2012 R2.
Want to get native? Be my guest!
You must’ve heard about VSAN by now, unless you have been laying under a rock for a long time =)
VSAN is the enterprise storage solution by VMware that utilizes local storage (a mandatory mix of harddisks and solid-state drives) and provides enterprise-class performance and availability. See the diagram below to give you a better idea of what VSAN is:
Everything you need is now included inside your ESXi hypervisor and vCenter Server. So no external tools, applications or appliances are required. This makes the solution robust and less error prone in my opinion.
I have been running the beta myself and am convinced this solution will be very interesting for customers that are looking for a storage solution to replace their current, or in greenfield scenarios. The cool thing is that you can upgrade and existing ESXi cluster to vSphere 5.5 U1, insert some fast HDD and SSD disks into the server, configure VSAN on the cluster and migrate your VMs over without impacting them (excuse me for any exceptions). But that’s it! Cool =)
From the tweets I saw, people are getting an enormous amount of IOPs using VSAN and would prove that the solution is suitable for small and big environments.
If you would like to see more documentation or videos, use the following link: http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san
The links to the release notes for vCenter Server and ESXi are shown below: