This will be part 1 of a multi part series on how I deployed VSAN, This is content taken from presentations I have done at several VMUG quarterly meetings and USERCONS over the last 6 months.
In this installment we will take a look at the Project Planning phase.
Our original plan didn't include VSAN at all. It in fact started out as a conversation between us and our vendor on a request to quote out 3 new blades for our existing IBM Bladecenter. We knew that we had some upcoming applications that were going to require compute and RAM be added to the cluster. The word that we got back was that the bladecenter was EOL soon and it didnt make much sense to invest any more in that platform. So we were looking at migrating back to rack mount servers. We had done a POC with a leading all flash storage array that had promised some good dedupe and compression ratio's that didn't pan out (we had lots of art files that didn't compress very well).