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Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby ilookabout » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:25 pm

I have 2 4U servers with 36 drive bays each. I am setting up a RAID10 SATA arrays. I have installed Hyper-V and would like to use vSAN for the local disk in a cluster using both servers. Is the Starwind vSAN for me?
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby Boris (staff) » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:15 pm

Yes, it can fit your purposes. You will create StarWind HA disks to further use them as Cluster Shared Volumes. Check https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resour ... erver-2016 for the proper config steps.
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby ilookabout » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:51 pm

Thank you for the link.. I am going to try and manage with the free version and understand I will have limited functionality in the Management Console and will have to manage targets via powershell. I would prefer to use the console - but I don't think I can get budget approval :-(
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby Boris (staff) » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:09 pm

PowesShell should be fine for most use cases. Yet, nothing prevents you from contacting our Sales to get an offer from them and decide whether it fits your budget.
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby ilookabout » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:58 pm

I now have a 30 day trial license while I test.
My environment is 2 4U servers with large capacity local disk. I have a quad hyperconverged Network card for the vSwitch, plus a dual NIC. One for connection to the host OS, and one as a heartbeat. I have the heartbeat configured with a server to server connection to 10.10.10.1 and 10.10.10.2. The reference to a Synchronization link I dont know about. If these hosts are on the same switch with a local address, can synchronization be done there? I only have the quad vswitch card and a dual NIC card available
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby ilookabout » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:23 pm

additional to last post.

I have now tried using a server to server direct connection 10.10.10.1 and 10.10.10.2 as the synchronization link.. and put the heartbeat on the NIC that I use to connect to the host that goes through a common switch as the heartbeat. Seemed to let me go to the next step. Is this the wrong method?
Also.. on the 30-day trial license, can I call Starwind for support?
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Re: Is vSAN suitable for local attached storage?

Postby Oleg(staff) » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:56 am

Since you are using StarWind trial version, our team will gladly assist you.
Please contact your account manager in order to get support.
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