What's New With Each Release Of vSAN

I thought it would be useful to summarise a list of what's new with each new version of vSAN seeing as though it gets updated quite frequently...

vSAN 7.0 U3

Cluster Shutdown Feature

vLCM support for Witness Appliance

Skyline Health Correlation

IO Trip Analyzer

Nested Fault Domains for 2-Node Clusters

Enhanced Stretch Cluster durability

Access Based Enumeration for SMB shares via vSAN Files Services

See - https://core.vmware.com/blog/vsan-7-update-3-whats-new

vSAN 7.0 U2

VMware vSAN HCI Mesh capabilities

vSAN Stretched cluster Functionality and Scale Improvements

vSAN File Services Interoperability and Scale Improvements

vSphere Proactive HA Support

vSphere Native Key Provider

Health Check History

Performance Top Contributors

Network Diagnostics

See - https://cormachogan.com/2021/03/30/vsan-7-0-u2-whats-new/

vSAN 7.0 U1

vSAN File Services now supports the SMB protocol

vSAN File Services now supports Kerberos and Active Directory

vSAN File Services Scale Increase

Introducing Disaggregated HCI / HCI Mesh

A New Compression Only Data Service

vSAN "Shared" Witness Appliance

vSAN Data Persistence platform

vSAN Data-in-Transit Encryption

See - https://cormachogan.com/2020/09/15/vsan-7-0u1-whats-new/

vSAN 7.0

Integrated Native File Services (NFS File Shares)

Read-Write-Many Persistent Volumes via CSI-CNS and vSAN 7

vSAN Memory performance metric now displayed

Shared disks with multi-writer flag no longer need to be Easy Zero Thick on vSAN 7

Support for larger 32TB physical storage devices

Support for larger 1PB Logical capacity when deduplication and compression enabled

Objects immediately repaired when Witness Appliance replaced

NVMe hot-plug support

See - https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2020/03/10/announcing-vsan-7/

vSAN 6.7 U3

Cloud Native Storage

Native SCSI-3 PGR for Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) support

Improved Capacity Usage views (including block container volumes)

Improved Resync insights – ability to see queued but not yet active resyncs

Maintenance Mode/Data Migration pre-checks

Online iSCSI LUN Resize

Improved destage performance with LSOM enhancements

Parallel resync operations

vsantop command line too for performance monitoring

See - https://cormachogan.com/2019/08/27/whats-new-in-vsan-6-7u3/

vSAN 6.7 U1


VMWare Update Manager (VUM) integration for Storage Controller Firmware Updates

Maintenance Mode Enhancements and Safeguards

New Proactive Network Performance test

Historic Capacity Reporting

Cluster Creation Quickstart Workflow

New Global Advanced Options

See - https://cormachogan.com/2018/10/17/whats-new-in-vsan-6-7u1/

vSAN 6.7

Full support for HTML5 client

vRealize Operations support with vSAN license

vSAN iSCSI support for Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC)

Improved Quality of Service on vSAN resync traffic

Thin provisioned Swap objectsSwap objects adhering to policy settings rather than defaulting to RAID-1

Witness Traffic Separation support for vSAN Stretched Clusters

Fast Failover for vSAN redundant networks (previously waited for TCP timeouts)

Support for Shared-Nothing architectures via host/data locality (RPQ only)

4Kn (native) device support

See - https://cormachogan.com/2018/04/17/whats-in-the-vsphere-and-vsan-6-7-release/


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