At VMworld 2015, we announced Virtual SAN 6.1, the third-generation of VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure for VMs. With this release, we are introducing several major enhancements and new capabilities, including support for the latest generation of storage devices, new availability and disaster recovery features, and advanced management and serviceability tools. These capabilities build on top of already proven, best-of-breed performance, scalability and reliability features to provide enterprise-class storage for all virtualized workloads, including Tier-1 production, mission-critical applications, and high availability demanding use cases.   In this article, I want to take a step back and reflect on where we stand with the product today and explore our vision for the future. Caveat: the forward-looking statements in this article do not reflect committed VMware products or features.   As we discussed in the past, the main goal for VMware Virtual SAN, as it is shipping today, is to provide a cost-effective, enterprise-grade storage solution for typical virtualized environments. (The success of the product so far, with 2,000+ customers with production deployments is a testament to the product’s strengths.)   How do those “typical” environments look? They are designed around traditional “monolithic” applications. These are single-binary apps that are designed to do [...]
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