VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is now available for download. Licensed per CPU or user.

VMware VSAN 5.5 is available for download now.

In order to run Virtual SAN, you need to download vSphere 5.5 U1 (or above). There are no additional binaries required. Virtual SAN does require a separate license, and is available for free 60 days evaluation period along with vSphere. Please note if you plan to use Virtual SAN with VMware Horizon View, you’ll need to download a specific Horizon View version 5.3.1 binary that supports Virtual SAN.

At least three vSphere 5.5 ESXi nodes are required to be able to use VSAN. The maximum number of nodes in a VSAN 5.5 cluster is 32.

As you noticed, the first release of Virtual SAN is named  ‘Virtual SAN 5.5’ . It will be available in two editions and one bundle (temporary offer).

Here is the official announcement on the VMware company blog about the GA of Virtual SAN 5.5. It includes pricing details listed below.

  • Standalone edition is licensed per CPU and costs $ 2,495. It features Persistent data store, read/write caching, policy-based management, virtual distributed switch, replication, snapshot and clones . This edition can run any workload; either virtual servers or desktops.
  • VSAN can also be licensed per user for VDI deployment only. (VMware or Citrix). Concurrent or named. The costs per user is $ 50. The features are the same as the per CPU licending.
  • There is also a softbundle of Virtual SAN and vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) which costs $ 2875,- per CPU. This is a limited offer which expires September 15, 2014. This is a VERY GOOD deal. The listprice of VDPA is $ 1100,-. So you save $ 720,- per CPU when purchasing this bundle.

There will be some special offers for VSAN:

  • customers using the beta will receive a discount of 20%.
  • customers using VMware Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) will get reduced pricing when they upgrade to VSAN.

VSAN can be installed on self assembled hardware components which are listed on the VSAN HCL. Another option is to buy

VSAN Ready Node and VSAN Ready Block hardware configurations . A Ready Node recommended configuration is a single pre-configured
server for use with VIrtual SAN. A Ready Block recommended configuration is a pre-cofigured set of servers for use with Virtual SAN.

A list of vendors supplying those is listed here. 

Download vSphere 5.5 Update 1 which includes VSAN here.

A large collection of links to blogposts on VSAN here and here

VMware release a new VSAN Design and Sizing Guide edition March 2014 which can be downloaded here.

VMware has a free Hands-on Lab (HOL)available which enables you to play and explorer with VMware VSAN. No need to have hardware, software and licenses. The HOL is running in the cloud.

This is a VSAN license calculator showing costs for vSphere, VSAN, S&S

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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