What is vSAN Max?

vSan Max

VMware announced at VMware Explore 2023 in Vegas, a new offering in the vSAN portfolio: vSAN Max.

But what is this new solution and who is it for? Let’s find out.

Introducing vSAN Max

vSAN Max is a new disaggregated storage offering that benefits from the performance of Express Storage Architecture (ESA) which was released in 2022.

It is capable of processing more storage and faster to your vSphere clusters but also delivering new capabilities and being cost-effective.

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vSAN Max benefits

Unlike regular vSAN clusters capable of running workloads while also providing storage capabilities, vSAN Max is a storage-only cluster.

By providing only storage capabilities powered by ESA, vSAN Max can focus on delivering the best performance possible to multiple vSphere clusters for the most demanding workloads.

As you can imagine, vSAN Max is not for everyone. Businesses requiring a Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution to meet standard performance can rely on a regular vSAN cluster (OSA). But for other companies who need to host data warehouses, AI, machine learning or any kind of heavy workload generating a huge amount of data, vSAN Max will be their best option.

You can scale a vSAN Max cluster that can provide up to 8.6 Petabytes of capacity and 3.4 million IOPS.

Multiple configurations are supported with vSAN Max, such as a single site environment as well as Stretched vSAN clusters across two sites configured with the same of different vCenter Server instances.

vSAN Max Configuration

From a configuration perspective, nothing changes. You can manage your vSAN Max cluster(s) through your vCenter server and leverage all the features available in ESA.

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To learn more, feel free to visit the VMware vSAN Max blog here: https://core.vmware.com/vsan-max

About vSAN ReadyNodes?

New vSAN Ready-Nodes profiles are now available and certified for vSAN Max which you can find here: https://vsansizer.esp.vmware.com/

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I’m very excited about vSAN Max. vSAN engineers at VMware never cease to raise the bar and keep vSAN being a great product. 

I don’t know for you, but I can’t wait to see what’s coming next 😃.

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