As a vSphere administrator, set up vSAN Direct to be used with vSAN Data Persistence platform. Use unclaimed storage devices local to your ESXi host.

Note: Only the vSAN Data Persistence platform can consume vSAN Direct storage. The vSAN Data Persistence platform provides a framework for software technology partners to integrate with VMware infrastructure. Each partner must develop their own plug-in for VMware customers to receive the benefits of the vSAN Data Persistence platform. The platform is not operational until the partner solution running on top is operational.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to the vSAN cluster.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under vSAN, click Disk Management.
  4. Click Claim Unused Disks.
  5. Select a device to claim and select vSAN Direct from the Claim For column.
  6. Click Create.
    For each device you claim, vSAN Direct creates a new datastore.
  7. Click the Datastores tab to display all vSAN Direct datastores in your cluster.