An important step before you deploy vSAN is to verify that your storage devices, drivers, and firmware are compatible with vSAN by consulting the VMware Compatibility Guide.

You can choose from several options for vSAN compatibility.

  • Use a vSAN ReadyNode server, a physical server that OEM vendors and VMware validate for vSAN compatibility.
  • Assemble a node by selecting individual components from validated device models.
    VMware Compatibility Guide Section Component Type for Verification
    Systems Physical server that runs ESXi.
    • Magnetic disk SAS model for hybrid configurations.
    • Flash device model that is listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide. Certain models of PCIe flash devices can also work with vSAN. Consider also write endurance and performance class.
    • Storage controller model that supports passthrough.

      vSAN can work with storage controllers that are configured for RAID 0 mode if each storage device is represented as an individual RAID 0 group.