VMware VSAN 6.5 has been announced! During VMworld US there wasn't any vSphere 6.5 information coming out. I mean, we were expecting the vSphere 6.5 to come out one day or another, but the information could only be shared today. Here we go. VSAN 6.5 is the 5th generation of VSAN!
The 6.5 release of VSAN brings iSCSI, 2-Nodes Direct-connect or enhancement on the management side. Also, there is one change on the licensing side where All-flash hardware supports now available on VSAN Standard, along with Advanced and Enterprise. So you'll get up to 50% TCO savings for basic all-flash configurations. However, the dedupe, compression, and erasure coding are still part of the Advanced and Enterprise.
VSAN direct-connect was discussed before, and we have even created a blog post about that. At that time, the information which we had to work with, did not appear to be true, so the post was changed into a UNSUPPORTED. Good news today, I'll be able to re-change the blog post again to reflect the new reality – VMware VSAN supports 2-Nodes Direct-Connect! SUPPORTED…-:) It is a very good news for smaller customers or for customers with ROBO environments as those deployments will become a little bit cheaper – not requiring 10GbE switches.
Let's get started. The 2-node direct connect wasn't new as an idea and this was here since the early days of VSAN. The challenge was to make it work with single VMkernel port.
The thing was that it wasn't possible to have a witness traffic and VSAN traffic through the same VMkernel port. So there was a necessity to separate that traffic, via another VMkernel port for the witness traffic.
You can basically save an additional 20 % on cost by avoiding to buy a 10GbE switch for ROBO offices. The two nodes are connected via two crossover cables.
What you'll need?
- Two Crossover cables
- pair of 10Gbe NICs
- 1Gb NICs and Switch for management and Witness traffic
The cost and complexity is a problem for ROBO sites. The direct-connect takes off the complexity, (no need to configure switches, VLANS) and also cost. The simplicity of Direct-connect solution is exemplary. You can also enable this kind of configuration for stretched clusters configuration as well.
Note: VMotion will also work with direct-connection!
The witness traffic isolation. This traffic separation is focused on helping with the security and configurations for 2-node environments (1 host+1 host+1 witness). It will not be supported for stretched cluster configurations with multiple hosts in a single fault domain in a site.
Which configuration steps has to be taken in order to configure 2-node Direct connect:
iSCSI Support !!
There is this a new iSCSI support within VSAN. Yes, block storage within VSAN. Note that this is in-kernel solution (not VSA).
So it will help to run Microsoft clustering solutions (MSCS) or storage for physical workloads. The details below…
The demo video we've seen from John Nicholson explained the activation of the iSCSI on particular vmkernel port, the system configures the iSCSI vmkernel port on every host within the VSAN cluster.
CHAP for authentication is supported as well.
You can create an Alias, you can have multiple vmkernel ports for multiple targets, you can apply a policy and size. The maximum size is 62 TB. (maximum of VMDK).
All the options can be handled via UI (web) or via PowerCLI. Good stuff..
Activation of iSCSI within your cluster (Note that this image will get replaced by a better copy, later, when I'll get back from my travels).
All flash on All vSAN 6.5 editions
You now can deploy and use All Flash (AF) version of vSAN not only on Enterprise and Advanced but also on Standard. VMware Licensing has changed, so additional TCO savings here!!!!
VMware has done a very good job with the VSAN 6.5. Plus the All Flash news is really good as Flash is
the future NOW !!
I'm running VSAN in my lab since the 5.5 release and I haven't had a single issue, even if, at the beginning, I did not have a supported hardware. It is only a lab environment, but trying to match close a production environment. The hosts does supports up to 512 Gb of RAM (Note that the newer model with Revision B supports up to 1Tb of RAM)
VMware vSphere 6.5:
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Announced !!
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – Native vCenter High Availability (VCSA 6.5 only)
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HTML5 Web Client and More
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VUM, AutoDeploy and Host Profiles
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – HA and DRS Improvements
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Fault Tolerance (FT) Improvements
- VMware VSAN 6.5 – What's New? – [This Post]
- VMware vSphere 6.5 – VM Encryption Details
- VMware vSphere 6.5 Released – Start Your Download Engines
- How to Migrate Windows Based vCenter to VCSA 6.5 [Lab]
Check our VMware vSphere 6.5 Page for ALL details about new announces and releases.