VMware VSAN 6.2 All-Flash Review
Last year we published a detailed series of reviews on #VSAN 6.0 in a hybrid configuration . In February of this year, #VMware launched VSAN 6.2 on #Dell #PowerEdge server, which brought data reduction via deduplication and compression, as well as a number of other features to the market. Data reduction is a major step forward for VSAN as it piggybacks on the massive surge in flash adoption, thanks in large part to falling prices and high-quality options. When VSAN is enabled in an all-flash configuration, users taking advantage of data reduction can effectively triple (or more) their capacity depending on workloads, which really brings the value of flash to everyone from ROBO to the enterprise. As we continue on our review of VSAN, we’ve leveraged the same Dell PowerEdge R730xd cluster we used in the previous Hybrid review. We have made updates to the platform, including BIOS, firmware and ESXi to make it compatible with VSAN 6.2. One of the biggest changes, though, is replacing our existing HDDs and SSDs with a new all-flash configuration, courtesy of Toshiba. By leveraging some of the fastest SAS3 SSDs on the market, we are able to put all of our attention on the VSAN itself, without hardware holding it back.