The vSAN Network Design guide describes network requirements, network design, and configuration practices for deploying a highly available and scalable vSAN cluster.

vSAN is a distributed storage solution. As with any distributed solution, the network is an important component of the design. For best results, you must adhere to the guidance provided in this document as improper networking hardware and designs can lead to unfavorable results.

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Intended Audience

This guide is intended for anyone who is designing, deploying, and managing a vSAN cluster. The information in this guide is written for experienced network administrators who are familiar with network design and configuration, virtual machine management, and virtual data center operations. This guide also assumes familiarity with VMware vSphere, including VMware ESXi, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Client.

Related Documents

In addition to this guide, you can refer to the following guides to know more about vSAN networking:

  • vSAN Planning and Deployment Guide, to know more about creating vSAN clusters
  • Administering VMware vSAN, to configure a vSAN cluster and learn more about vSAN features
  • vSAN Monitoring and Troubleshooting Guide, to monitor and troubleshoot vSAN clusters