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VMware gives away 100 GiB of vSAN Storage with ESXi 8.0 Update 2b

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Brandon Lee
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Not sure what to make of the new announcement for ESXi 8.0 Update 2b. It looks like VMware is giving away free storage with vSAN, something I don't think we have seen them do before. But, it does look minimal at 100 GiB. 

Enhanced Trial Storage Capacity per vSAN Core: In the latest vSphere 8.0 Update 2b, part of the VMware vSphere Foundation package, users are now entitled to utilize up to 100 gibibytes (GiB) of vSAN storage for each licensed core of a vSAN host, without the need for a separate vSAN licensing key.

If you need more than 100 GiB of storage per vSAN core, additional vSAN capacity can be purchased by the tebibyte (TiB) and activated with a vSAN licensing key that corresponds to the total raw storage capacity of your vSAN cluster. For a deeper understanding of how capacity reporting and licensing works with vSAN, resources like "Demystifying Capacity Reporting in vSAN" and "Counting Cores for VMware Cloud Foundation and vSphere Foundation and TiBs for vSAN" are available.

ESXi 8.0 Update 2b Expands Quick Boot Compatibility: This update broadens the support for vSphere Quick Boot to include multiple new servers across several major manufacturers, ensuring more efficient updates and maintenance processes. The newly supported servers include:

  • Dell:

    • MX760c vSAN Ready Node
    • PowerEdge C6615
    • PowerEdge XR8610t
    • R7625 vSAN Ready Node
    • VxRail VP-760xa
    • VxRail VS-760
  • HPE:

    • Alletra Storage Server 4110
    • Alletra Storage Server 4140
    • HPE Cray XD670
    • ProLiant DL110 Gen11
    • ProLiant DL20 Gen11
    • ProLiant ML30 Gen11
  • Lenovo:

    • DN8848 V2

These enhancements aim to provide users with more flexible storage options and improved hardware compatibility, streamlining the management and operation of vSphere environments.

Read the official release notes here: 

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/8.0/rn/vsphere-esxi-80u2b-release-notes/index.html#esxi-8-0u2b-23305546-standard-resolved

 
Posted : 09/03/2024 7:39 pm