Oct 22

VMware VSAN 6.7 License Guide

Introduction

VMware, the leader in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), enables low-cost, high-performance HCI solutions powered by VMware vSAN™. The natively integrated software solution combines enterprise class vSAN storage with the industry-standard VMware vSphere® hypervisor and VMware vCenter Server™, a unified management solution for today’s modern data centers.
vSAN 6.7 delivers the industry’s best storage value with native security, ease of management, high performance, and low cost. vSAN pools local storage devices to create a distributed shared datastore and
provides a hyper-converged storage optimized for virtual machines. Customers of all industries and sizes trust vSAN to run their most mission critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, and Oracle Database. It is transformational technology that delivers unique value to VMware customers:

  • Evolve without risk: As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with existing tools, skillsets, software solutions and hardware platforms. To help customers maintain infrastructure performance, VMware introduces vSAN ReadyCare support, highlighting VMware’s commitment to supporting customers through investments in people, analytics and technology. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the vSAN ReadyNode™ ecosystem of leading server vendors such as Dell, HPE, and Cisco.
  • Lower TCO: Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New to the latest release, vSAN now further expedites time-to-value from a new, intuitive user interface which includes dozens of redesigned workflows. Also, global visibility enables you to take rapid action from intelligent insights delivered by vRealize Operations within vCenter.
  • Scale to tomorrow: You can prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era, with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies, while supporting a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications, to next-generation applications using containers.
    Enjoy a common storage platform for your applications, whether running on-premises or off-premises, and use it as a stepping stone to the cloud. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds, ensuring a consistent experience.
    vSAN is compatible with any edition of vSphere and it is available in multiple packages to accommodate a variety of specific needs and use cases. This guide explains the vSAN licensing editions, discusses some vSAN configuration options at a high level, and provides a number of examples to illustrate potential licensing scenarios.

License Editions

vSAN license editions include Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The following table shows the features included with each license edition.
Contributing factors

vSAN 6.7 comes with HTML5 User Interface which is completely redesigned to deliver a modern management experience. Standard licensing includes support for hybrid configurations—magnetic disks for capacity, flash devices for caching—and all-flash configurations. This change from the vSAN 6.2 licensing model enables the use of all-flash hardware while minimizing licensing costs. It is important to note that Standard licensing does not include support for deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. Advanced licensing is required for these space efficiency features.
The Enterprise license builds on the features included with vSAN Standard and Advanced by adding support for vSAN stretched cluster configurations and data-at-rest encryption. vSAN for ROBO Advanced was introduced in vSAN 6.5 release and is only available in vSAN 6.5 or later versions. vSAN for ROBO Enterprise was introduced in vSAN 6.6.1. In vSAN 6.7 release, vRealize Operations within vCenter feature was made available to Advanced and Enterprise editions of vSAN.

vSAN Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions are licensed per-CPU (socket). They are available as standalone licenses and are not included with VMware vSphere® or VMware vSphere with Operations
Management™. Any type of workload—server and desktop—can be run on a vSAN cluster with these licensing editions.
A vSphere host that is not contributing local storage to a vSAN datastore can be a member of the vSAN cluster and utilize the vSAN datastore. Even though a host is not contributing storage, the host must be licensed for vSAN.
vSAN data-at-rest encryption requires an external Key Management Server (referred as KMS), which provides the primary encryption key. This key is used to encrypt other keys in the cluster. While VMware does not provide a KMS solution, vSAN encryption is certified to work with enterprise grade key management servers. Please note, KMS vendors may have an additional licensing requirement. Different KMS vendors offer different license options, please check with the KMS vendor for further details. For a list of certified KMS vendors, refer to the VMware compatibility guide.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

vSAN for Desktop licensing is available for customers using vSAN exclusively for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This includes third-party VDI solutions in addition to VMware Horizon®. While this license option limits the use of vSAN to VDI workloads only, vSAN for Desktop provides unique pricing and packaging options to help further reduce the cost of VDI while enabling the benefits and performance of a distributed storage platform. vSAN for Desktop is available in Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions. It is priced per-concurrent user (CCU) in a virtual desktop environment and sold in packs of 10 and 100 licenses.
In addition to being available standalone, vSAN for Desktop Advanced licenses are also included with VMware Horizon Advanced and Enterprise editions.

To read more about VSAN Licesing, download VMware VSAN 6.7 U3 Licensing Guide

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Jul 17

Considerations about the vSAN License

Introduction

When you prepare your cluster for vSAN, review the requirements of the vSAN license.

  • Make sure that you obtained a valid license for full host configuration control in the cluster. The license should be different from the one that you used for evaluation purposes.
  • After the license or the evaluation period of a vSAN expires, you can continue to use the current configuration of vSAN resources. However, you cannot add capacity to a disk group or create disk groups.
  • If the cluster consists of all-flash disk groups, verify that the all-flash feature is available under your license.
  • If the vSAN cluster uses advanced features such as deduplication and compression or stretched cluster, verify that the feature is available under your license.
  • Consider the CPU capacity of the vSAN license across the cluster when adding and removing hosts to the cluster.

vSAN licenses have per CPU capacity. When you assign a vSAN license to a cluster, the amount of license capacity used is equal to the total number of CPUs on the hosts that participate in the cluster.
For more information about vSAN licensing editions and potential licensing scenarios, see the VMware VSAN 6.7 U3 Licensing Guide

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May 05

Tips and tricks on Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) for managing Virtual SAN environment

Continuing with our KBTV Webinar Series, in this latest KBTV Webinar you will learn some great tips and tricks you can use in Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) for managing a Virtual SAN environment. Covered in this video demonstration are various commands that can be used within Ruby vSphere Console (RVC), including:
“vsan.disks_stats” Useful for capacity planning, management of disk groups and monitoring the health of physical disks
“vsan.check_state” Useful for troubleshooting data unavailability situations and understanding object health in the VSAN cluster
“vsan.resync_dashboard” Useful for visibility into data resync when changing storage policies
“vsan.whatif_host_failures” Useful for capacity planning on future VSAN nodes and understanding VSAN’s ability to tolerate node failures.

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May 03

Troubleshooting Tips for vSAN

This video was live streamed from the Education & Certification Lounge at VMworld 2017.

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May 03

How to capture performance statistics using vSAN Observer for VMware vSAN

This video tutorial demonstrates and shows how to capture performance statistics using vSAN Observer for VMware Virtual SAN. For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article 2064240 at https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2064240
While watching this video you will see the necessary steps to launch, collect and display Virtual SAN Observer (vSAN Observer) performance charts and information for VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN). VSAN Observer is designed to capture performance statistics for a Virtual SAN Cluster and provide access through a web browser and capture the statistics for customer use or for VMware Technical Support.

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Apr 17

vSAN 6.7 What’s New Technical

vSAN 6.7 introduces a number of key features that help us provide an HCI solution for customers that want to evolve without risk, lower their TCO, and accommodate the demands of IT environments for today, tomorrow, and beyond. To help customers evolve their data center with HCI, the improvements of vSAN 6.7 focused on enabling customers to improve their experience in three key areas: Intuitive Operations Experience, Consistent Application Experience, and Enhanced Support Experience.

To learn more information visit technical documents at VMware Stogagehub VMware vSAN 6.7 Technical Overview

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Apr 17

vSAN 6.7 Technical Overview

This video introduces VMware’s Software Designed Enterprise Class Storage Solution vSAN. vSAN powers industry-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions with a vSphere-native, high-performance architecture.

NOTE: This video is roughly 30 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

To learn more information visit technical documents at VMware Stogagehub VMware vSAN 6.7 Technical Overview

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Dec 22

VMware vSAN Technical Introduction

A video introduction of VMware software defined enterprise class storage solution vSAN which powers industry-leading hyper-converged infrastructure with a vSphere native high-performance architecture. More information on Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI), powered by vSAN is available here: http://bit.ly/HCI_lp

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Dec 21

How to Migrate Workloads onto vSAN’s Datastore

Migration workloads strategies and options for vSAN are numerous depending on your environment and implementation of vSphere. This video will discuss how to migrate workloads and the native options for migrating virtual machine (VM) workloads to vSAN. To learn more information visit: VMware StorageHub for more technical documents: http://bit.ly/Strghub and VMware vSAN http://bit.ly/vSAN_pp and Virtual Blocks https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/

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Dec 13

vSAN Data Placement, Availability, and Movement Of Components

Learn how vSAN decides to place data components, the load balance in disk groups for performance, and how the data process works in vSAN. More detailed product information on VMware vSAN is available here: http://bit.ly/vSAN_pp

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