VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage solution that enables companies to run high-performance, highly available, and scalable storage infrastructure on their existing server hardware. It combines compute and storage resources into a single, easy-to-manage platform and provides enterprise-class storage features such as deduplication, compression, and erasure coding.
Here is a checklist for VSAN Best Practice:
- Check hardware compatibility: Ensure that all hardware components such as servers, storage devices, network adapters, and cables are compatible with VSAN.
- Plan the VSAN cluster: Plan the VSAN cluster with appropriate storage policies, disk groups, and network configurations to meet the performance, capacity, and availability requirements of your applications.
- Configure the network: Use a dedicated network for VSAN traffic and configure network settings such as MTU, NIC teaming, and VLANs according to best practices.
- Configure disk groups: Create disk groups with the appropriate number and size of SSD and HDD devices to achieve the required performance and capacity for your applications.
- Monitor performance: Monitor the performance of the VSAN cluster using tools such as vRealize Operations Manager, and adjust the configuration as needed to optimize performance.
- Configure storage policies: Use storage policies to manage the placement and protection of virtual machines and their data in the VSAN cluster.
- Ensure data protection: Configure data protection features such as RAID, replication, or erasure coding to protect against data loss in the event of hardware failures.
- Implement encryption: Implement encryption for data at rest and data in motion to enhance the security of your VSAN cluster.
- Maintain VSAN: Regularly monitor and maintain the VSAN cluster by performing tasks such as upgrading software, replacing hardware components, and ensuring compliance with best practices.
- Test and validate: Test and validate the VSAN cluster after implementation to ensure that it meets the performance, capacity, and availability requirements of your applications.
By following these best practices, you can ensure a stable, reliable, and high-performance VSAN environment for your applications.