VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Demo – YouTube:

Key points:

  • To create a VSA, each host to be added to the cluster needs at least four NIC (ports), some direct attached storage, and cannot be running any VM’s at the time of addition
  • VSA is automaticallydeployed to each host, VMware HA and vMotion is configured, datastores are formatted
  • If a VSA or whole host in the cluster fails, another host/VSA hosting a replica of the downed host’s datastores immediately begins presenting that storage meaning no downtime in an N-1 scenario
  • When the failed (or in maintenance mode) host is brought back online, the storage presentation flips back to the primary VSA/host automatically.

Long demo. Relatively polished v1 SMB offering and tight vCenter integration.

**[Introduction – vSphere Storage Appliance](http://www.slideshare.net/esloof/introduction-vsphere-storage-appliance "Introduction - vSphere Storage Appliance")**
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