Today the VMware Virtual SAN team launched the new Ready Node initiative.
The VSAN Ready Nodes are our primary Go-To-Market from a hardware enablement perspective for VSAN. This model provides many benefits to customers. The Ready Node model allows a turnkey solution for Virtual SAN deployment. They are a validated and certified configurations jointly recommended by VMware and server OEM’s that provide both a simplified single SKU and flexibility of choice for both hardware vendor and hardware configuration. In fact, many customer use the Ready Nodes today as a basis for their hardware configuration, whilst having the flexibility to add more capacity or memory etc
VMware works very closely with the server OEM’s to identify the top selling server platforms suitable for HCI and we jointly work to certify these platforms for Virtual SAN.
Introducing today, we have re-branded the Ready Nodes from Low, Medium an High to 2 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, 8 Series. The 6 Series and 8 Series will be for All Flash models. In addition we are introducing a new Low Cost Economy model (HY-4 Series). The reason for this was there was a significant difference between the Low and Medium nodes. So now we have a new Ready Node which is part of the HY-4-Series which sits in the sweet spot for customers who are looking for a better deal on their hardware for the most popular configuration in the field.
We also launched the new Ready Node led VCG. This is a new an improved addition to the VCG which allows the customer to select from a dropdown box the requirement for Ready Node, Hybrid or All Flash. Select the supported release, server OEM, Generation, Capacity etc
The customer can then search the nodes in each series that are suitable for their requirements.
Notice the blue hyperlinks in the details where a customer can still click on the exact disks or controller for more information on the specifics of the certified components such as Endurance and Performance Class and firmware versions etc.
It should be noted that customers still have the flexibility to ‘Build Your Own’. VMware strongly recommends using certified Ready Nodes that are validated to provide predictable performance and scalability for your Virtual SAN deployment. However, If you would still like to build your own Virtual SAN with certified components you are still able to (the link is near the bottom of the VCG site).
The link to the VSAN remains the same http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=vsan or http://vmwa.re/vsanhcl for those who cant remember the full url.
Hopefully this is a more flexible and easy way for customers to choose their nodes. Happy hunting.