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VMware vCenter Cookbook by Konstantin Kuminsky

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Utilizing host local storage

vSphere 5.5 introduced a new feature called Virtual SAN (vSAN). This feature allows utilizing a host's local storage to create a shared distributed storage for VM placement.

vSAN is a software-based solution built into ESXi; it's scalable and easy to configure and manage.

Getting ready

vSAN requires a license separate from vSphere and vCenter. The feature is licensed on a per-CPU basis.

The minimum infrastructure requirements for vSAN are:

  • Each host that is a part of the vSAN cluster has to have at least one Solid State Disk (SSD) and one Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
  • At least three hosts with local storage are required.
  • At least 1 Gbps network ports are required.

Also, it is recommended to:

  • Use 10 Gbps NICs.
  • Have a VMkernel vSAN adapter ...

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