vSAN 8 Update 2 – what’s new on technical level

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to participate in the VMware Exclusive Blogger Early Access Program. This is where VMware experts share news and upcoming features for products before the actual release date.
I would like to thank Pete Kohler and John Nicholson for the feature briefing on the release of vSAN 8 Update 2. I’d also like to thank Heather Haley from VMware’s global communications team and Corey Romero for helping to make it happen.

[This blogpost was under embargo until 22nd of August 5:00 AM PDT (14:00 CEST)]

VMware vSAN 8 Update 2 delivers a range of new features and improvements in flexibility, performance and ease of use.

New ESA Features at a glance

  • vSAN ESA storage-only clusters with vSAN Max
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Support for vSAN ESA in VCF 5.1
  • vSAN file services now available on vSAN ESA
  • New ESA Ready Node Profiles for small environments
  • Support for a new class of read intensive storage devices
  • Auto policy remediation
  • ESA Prescriptive Device Claim
  • Stretched- and 2-node-cluster impovements
  • Up to 500 VMs per host (vs 200 before)
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