Using a GPS to Navigate Your Way to a Smooth, Predictable vSAN 6.7 Deployment

By Doug Rollins - 2018-08-21

When I was thinking about our new vSAN 6.7 Reference Architecture (RA), it reminded me of a road trip I just took with the family.

I’ve written about a recent family adventure, what a colleague called a “memory making trip”, with the kids. We found a few places we wanted to visit in Washington and Oregon, figured out how long it would take to get there, packed, and piled into the car (the trip was amazing!). Of course, we used a GPS for the entire trip.

Do you remember navigating with paper maps? I do. I also remember not having the right map, trying to figure out which direction we were going, and guessing how far to the next exit, restaurant or motel. I remember getting it wrong and backtracking. I remember paper maps. I don’t miss paper maps.

We use GPS now for a reason: we want our path to be clear for our entire journey. We want complete directions provided before we even leave, as well as real-time guidance, timing, help finding restaurants and destinations. Precision and predictability free us to enjoy the trip and our destinations much, much more. Zero navigation worries.

When you’re navigating your trip to a vSAN 6.7 deployment, a Micron Reference Architecture (RA) is a bit like GPS. It provides detailed planning and deployment directions to optimized, pre-engineered solutions. Our RA’s are co-developed by Micron and industry leading hardware and software companies, and the designs are tested at Micron’s Storage Solutions Center. We provide end users, system builders, and independent software vendors (ISVs) with proven processes and benchmark data to build next-generation solutions, all with less invested time and potential risk, enabling IT teams to focus on higher-value tasks instead.

A Micron RA is like a GPS for vSAN 6.7 deployment.

A paper map vSAN 6.7 deployment can be very manual, time consuming and (yes) even confusing. Paper map deployments may rely on:

  • Estimates and general industry guidance for planning, sizing and component selection
  • A litany of industry benchmarks
  • Trial and error tuning and optimization
  • Testing, results, evaluation, retesting and more results with more evaluation
  • Manual tuning, tweaking and modifying

A paper map deployment means you have to do all of this before you can deploy your first node. Before you start your first VM. Before you deploy your first workload.

Paper maps are now a memory (not a fond memory, but a memory). With GPS, paper map hassles of manual navigation, missed turns and backtracking are gone. Our trip was much more fun with GPS – we could focus on enjoyment rather than navigation. As you navigate to vSAN 6.7, use a GPS, not a paper map.

Get your vSAN 6.7 deployment GPS from our website. Are you looking for different vSAN journeys? We have a ton of resources available – RAs for other vSAN versions and different deployments, Solution Briefs to get you started and online explorers.

All of these are on our vSAN page, ready for download.

How much of your infrastructure is already virtualized? How much of it will be?

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Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins

Doug Rollins is a principal technical marketing engineer for Micron's Storage Business Unit, with a focus on enterprise solid-state drives. He’s an inventor, author, public speaker and photographer. Follow Doug on Twitter: @GreyHairStorage.