VMware VSAN 6.2 Performance & Storage savings

Just a quick post to share some very interesting performance stats observed on my home lab VSAN cluster (Build details here). The VSAN datastore is in addition to a few NFS datastores also mounted on the same hosts using an external Synology SAN.

I had to build a number of Test VMs, a combination of Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter and 2016 TP4 Datacenter VMs on this cluster and I placed all of them on the VSAN datastore to test the performance. See below the storage performance stats during the provisioning (cloning from template) time. Within the Red square are the SSD drive performance stats (where the new VM’s being created) Vs Synology’s NFS mount’s performance  stats (where templates resides) in the Yellow box.

Provisioning Performance

Pretty impressive from all Flash VSAN running on a bunch of white box servers with consumer grade SSD drives (officially unsupported of course but works!), especially relative to the performance of the Synology NFS mounts (RAID1/0 setup for high performance), right??

Imagine what the performance would have been if this was on enterprise grade hardware in your datacentre?

Also caught my eye was the actual inline deduplication and compression savings immediately available on the VSAN datastore after the VM’s were provisioned.

Dedupe & Compression Savings

As you can see, to store 437GB of raw data, with a FTT=1 (where VSAN keeping redundant copies of each vmdk file), its only consuming 156GB of actual storage on the VSAN cluster, saving me 281GB of precious SSD storage capacity. Note that this is WITHOUT Erasure Coding RAID 5 or RAID 6 that’s also available with VSAN 6.2 which, had that been enabled, would have further reduced the actual consumed space more.

The point of this all is the performance and the storage savings available in VSAN, especially all flash VSAN is epic and I’ve seen this in my own environment. In an enterprise datacenter, All Flash VSAN can drastically improve your storage performance but at the same time, significantly cut down on your infrastructure costs for all of your vSphere storage environments. I personally know a number of clients who have achieved such savings in their production environments and each and every day, there seem to be more and more demand from customers for VSAN as their preferred storage / Hyper-Converged technology of choice for all their vSphere use cases.

I would strongly encourage you to have a look at this wonderful technology and realise these technical and business benefits (summary available here) for yourself.

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VMware VSAN 2016 Future Annoucements

I’ve just attended the VMware Online Technology Forum (#VMwareOTF) and thought I’d share few really interesting announcements I noticed from there around the future of VSAN in 2016.

Good news, some really great enterprise scale features are being added to VSAN which is aimed for release in Q1 FY16 (along with the next vSphere upgrade release). Really good news… Beta is now live (Apply at http://vmware.com/go/vsan6beta) but unless you have All Flash VSAN hardware, unlikely to qualify.

Given below are the key highlight features likely going to be available with the next release

  • RAID-5 and RAID-6 over the network – Cool….!!



  • Inline De-duplication / Compression along with Checksum capabilities coming




  • VSAN for Object Storage (read more on Duncan Epping’s page here)

Future-Object Storage


  • VSAN for External Storage – Virtual Disks natively presented on external Storage



Great news. Looks like an already great product is going to get even greater…!!

Slide credits go to VMware & the legendary Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB)…..