You can store the text file on a flash drive. The cloud is more suitable for a photo archive. The cloud is better suited for a business owner who has to constantly transfer large amounts of data. Back in those days, a computer would occupy an entire floor. There was a separate cabinet for data storage and another cabinet for operations.
Technology has changed but the principle remains the same: servers separately from data storage system. Storage is expensive and very limited in scale. Virtual SAN is a convergent model that uses hyper-converged storage. It has been very popular in recent years.
Here is a brief description of the product and its features. Let’s get started!
What is a vSAN?
Convergent means universal, unified. It is easier to manage a single mechanism. What’s the point? There are servers that install special software, which combines them with hard drives to create a single system.
The classic storage system is made up of modules. There are a controller module and a module with disks. All of these modules must be capable of connecting, operating, and expanding, if required. We can now get rid of all the module and have the exact same components on identical servers. This is vSAN. It is Virtual San. A virtual storage system. This is actually a single server that stores and processes data simultaneously. Therefore, no separate storage system is required.
VSAN is a virtual storage system that aggregates all of the available storage space and makes it accessible to software. VSAN can be installed on every virtual machine, or in the firmware of the storage vendor. Once established, it reduces the need for specialized storage hardware.
VSAN software components provide a shared storage pool that virtual machines can access on-demand. You can install a storage-only service server on multiple nodes within a cluster to manage storage. The cluster can then share its storage.
Computer-only nodes in the network
What are the main benefits of Virtual SAN?
- vSAN has no single point of failure. Any physical server can be taken at any time and broken. The system will still work as though nothing happened.
- A failure of 30 percent of servers won’t cause the system to crash as a whole. In the worst scenario, the system will reboot, just as if it was unplugged from its outlet and turned it back on.
- It is possible to safely shut down servers and change failed ones. The system will continue working without any significant loss.
- vSAN “smears” data – it duplicates it on multiple physical servers. Each megabyte of data is converted into two and copies are sent to different servers.
- vSAN is highly automated and has a self-healing function. This is when the system repairs itself.
- vSAN sends a message to the administrator if there is a problem. It also tells them what to do to fix it.
What data can be stored on a vSAN?
Anything. vSAN makes data management easier. It works like a truck. It has an engine and a body. There is also something in the body. The engine is vSAN and the body, a type of virtual machine, is the body. Data is the body. If a consumer is a manager or a business owner, documents, reports, materials from conferences and negotiation materials can be uploaded to vSAN. It can also include photos, music, and videos.
Organizations can use virtualSAN for many purposes, including remote office deployments, disaster recovery, cluster management, mixed workloads, and cluster management.
Main vSAN features
- Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) SPBM is a function of vSAN that automates storage. Administrators can create storage profiles to give them fine-grained control of virtual machine storage services. Administrators can, for instance, define storage criteria like availability and performance, and then assign these criteria to virtual machines. These specifications determine how virtual computers will be stored.
- Stretched clusters. Stretched clusters can be used to increase the availability of a vSAN cluster by adding additional locations. They also provide load balancing and high availability.
- Software-defined encryption to protect data-at-rest. vSAN usually has a kernel-based encryption that encrypts all objects in its datastore. vSAN encryption can be used with any type of hardware.
- Support for shared storage. vSAN allows hosts to combine pools and other storage devices into a single pool that is shared by all hosts within a vSAN cluster. vSAN can use DRS to transfer virtual machine to other cluster servers if a host is down.
- Checks of the health service. Administrators can monitor the health of a cluster using health service checks. This feature lets you check the health of different cluster components, and resolve issues such as network settings or device compatibility.
- Performance service checks. vSAN has statistical charts that allow you to monitor performance indicators such as latency or throughput. This allows you to monitor a vSAN’s host, disk and virtual machine performance.
Any information system will have to deal with the tasks of accessing and storing data. Even the best-designed storage system can have problems during operation. Virtual SAN is here to save the day.