One of the benefits of deploying SvSAN is that it makes any edge site, branch office or small datacenter easy to manage. SvSAN is designed to work with your existing hardware as an alternative to a physical SAN, creating a virtualized environment that can be managed from a centralized remote location. This makes it as easy to manage 1,000 locations as it is to manage 1. One of the ways that SvSAN makes management easy is its integration into VMware vCenter, allowing you to manage every cluster from a single, familiar pane of glass..
SvSAN also integrates seamlessly with vSphere and facilitates all vSphere features, including replication. vSphere uses replication for disaster recovery, centralized remote backup, and data center migration and works to replicate data asynchronously over long distances. The technology can be used in conjunction with SvSAN to deliver a low cost remote site storage infrastructure, while adding an offsite data replication capability for disaster recovery purposes.
The advantage of this type of deployment is that SvSAN creates a highly available solution that can be run on low cost, lightweight IT, and enable vSphere features (like virtual machine granular, vMotion, and offsite backup) without the increased hardware costs that would come with a traditional VMware vSAN deployment.
This integration with vSphere benefits the edge site, as SvSAN has far lower system requirements, is more cost effective, and can be deployed as a more efficient highly available branch solution. SvSAN can do this because a single witness can provide quorum for up to 1000 clusters and it can be deployed on something as small as a single Raspberry Pi. Contrast this with vSAN for ROBO which requires one witness for every cluster.
If you would like to find out more about deploying SvSAN with vSphere then you can check out our solution overview page here.
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