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Introducing VMware vSAN 8.0: New Features and Enhancements Unveiled


VMware vSAN 8.0 brings forth a range of exciting features and enhancements, aiming to revolutionize storage architecture and elevate performance. 

Let's explore the key highlights of this major release and discover how it improves scalability, usability, and overall efficiency.

1) vSAN Express Storage Architecture (ESA):

VMware introduces vSAN Express Storage Architecture (ESA) as an alternative to the original storage architecture (OSA). ESA presents a cost-effective and scalable solution specifically designed for edge and remote deployments. 

It employs a streamlined, single-tier architecture, where all devices contribute to storage capacity. This eliminates the need for disk groups with caching devices, simplifying deployment and reducing costs.

2)Native Snapshots with Minimal Performance Impact:

vSAN ESA now offers native snapshots that have minimal impact on virtual machine (VM) performance, even with deep snapshot chains. These snapshots seamlessly integrate with existing backup applications utilizing VMware VADP, ensuring smooth and efficient data protection.

3) Enhanced Compression Capabilities:

vSAN ESA introduces improved compression capabilities, delivering up to four times better compression. The compression process occurs prior to data transmission across the vSAN network, resulting in enhanced bandwidth utilization and optimized storage efficiency.

4) Expanded Usable Storage Potential:

By leveraging the single-tier architecture, vSAN ESA eliminates the necessity for disk groups with caching devices. This design shift can boost usable storage capacity by up to 20%, providing greater flexibility and resource utilization.

5) HCI Mesh Support for 10 Client Clusters:

vSAN 8.0 extends support for HCI Mesh by enabling the sharing of a storage server cluster with up to 10 client clusters. This advancement simplifies deployment and management of large-scale vSAN infrastructures, promoting efficiency and ease of use.

Additional Performance and Usability Enhancements:

  • Improved performance for sequential writes on vSAN ESA.
  • Optimized I/O processing for single VMDK/objects on vSAN ESA.
  • Enhanced durability in maintenance mode scenarios on vSAN ESA.
  • Increased administrative storage capacity on vSAN datastores using customizable namespace objects.
  • Witness appliance certification for vSAN 8.0 Update 1

"VMware vSAN 8.0 represents a significant milestone, introducing a host of features and enhancements that enhance performance, scalability, and usability. With its innovative vSAN Express Storage Architecture, native snapshots, improved compression, expanded storage potential, and HCI Mesh support, vSAN 8.0 empowers organizations to leverage cutting-edge technology for their storage needs. Upgrade to vSAN 8.0 to unlock the full potential of your virtualized infrastructure."


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