VSA Virtual SAN
The VSA Virtual SAN (vSAN) software appliance leverages server hardware with local storage and SSDs to form large-scale, virtual storage networks (vSAN). The appliance has built-in caching and clustering, and utilizes RDMA, InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware acceleration to deliver six-fold faster performance than using Fibre Channel (FC) SAN storage systems. It is designed to reduce the costs of FC SAN adapters, switches and physical storage systems, while creating application performance over virtualized infrastructures. The appliance supports iSCSI and hardware accelerated iSCSI with RDMA (iSER), provides centralized cluster management for multiple virtual appliances, and can be managed through VMware vCenter via a plug-in. It also can act as a virtual FC SAN gateway, enabling coexistence with and acceleration of existing and legacy FC SANs.