You can build your own VMware vSAN cluster or choose from a list of vSAN Ready Nodes.

Build Your Own

Be sure to use hardware from the VMware Compatibly Guide for the following vSAN components:

  • Solid state disks (SSDs)

  • Magnetic hard drives (HDDs)

  • I/O controllers, including vSAN certified driver/firmware combinations 

Use VMware vSAN Ready Nodes

A vSAN Ready Node is a validated server configuration in a tested, certified hardware form factor for vSAN deployment, jointly recommended by the server OEM and VMware. See the VMware Compatibility Guide. The vSAN Ready Node documentation provides examples of standardized configurations, including the numbers of VMs supported and estimated number of 4K IOPS delivered.

As per design decision SDDC-PHY-009, the VMware Validated Design uses vSAN Ready Nodes.