Using vSAN for RPC-VMware#

This section provides instructions for using the vSAN component of RPC-VMware.

Access control#

From vCenter, your customer role uses access control to determine what permissions you have.

Capacity management#

For information about managing capacity, see vRealize Operations vSAN Management Pack.

Performance monitoring#

For more information, see vRealize Operations vSAN Management Pack.

Quality of service IOPS limits#

vSAN includes a quality of service (QoS) feature that limits the number of input/output operations per second (IOPS) that an object can consume.

QoS is a storage-policy-based management (SPBM) rule. Because QoS is applied to vSAN objects through a storage policy, you can apply it to individual components or the entire VM without interrupting the operation of the VM.

QoS for vSAN is normalized to a 32 KB block size, and treats reads the same as writes. An example with an IOPS limit of 500 (regardless of block size up to 32 KB) will result in 500 IOPS, while a block size of 64 KB would result in 250 IOPS. It is important to consider the workload profile when configuring IOPS limits.

vSAN QoS Enforced by SPBM

Deduplication and compression#

The deduplication and compression feature is enabled on VSAN clusters based on customer responses to implementation questions. It requires the correct number of hosts and all flash storage. The amount of storage reduction from deduplication and compression cannot be configured or guaranteed. It depends on many factors, including the type of data stored and the number of duplicate blocks. For example, the deduplication ratio tends to increase in new clusters as data is added and the opportunity to find duplicate data blocks rises.

If a customer does not elect to enable deduplication and compression initially, but chooses to enable it at a later date, the customer must submit a ticket requesting the change and specify whether or not they will allow reduced redundancy while the change is being applied. Enabling deduplication and compression requires a rolling reformat of every disk group on every host. To accomplish this change, Virtual SAN evacuates data from the disk group, removes the disk group, and recreates it with a new format that supports deduplication and compression. The enablement operation does not require virtual machine migration or DRS. In certain environments, your Virtual SAN cluster might not have enough resources for the disk group to be fully evacuated. You may still be able to enable deduplication and compression using the Allow Reduced Redundancy option. This option keeps the VMs running, but the VMs might be unable to tolerate the full number of failures defined in the VM storage policy. As a result, temporarily during the format change for deduplication and compression, your virtual machines might be at risk of experiencing data loss. Virtual SAN restores full compliance and redundancy after the format conversion is completed.

Storage-based policy management#

Users with the appropriate role and permission can create and administer VMs and policies.

Each VM deployed on vSAN contains a set of objects, such as VMDKs and snapshots. Each object contains a set of components determined by the capabilities configured in the VM storage policy. If the policy contains a stripe width, the associated object is striped across multiple devices in the capacity tier. Each stripe is a component of the object.

vSAN might stripe an object across multiple disks, even if the policy is one stripe. Normally, this action occurs when an administrator requests the creation of a VMDK that is too large to fit on a single physical drive. Because the maximum component size is 255 GB, objects that are greater than 255 GB are automatically be divided into multiple components. For example, if an administrator deploys a 2 TB VMDK, eight or more components are created in the same RAID-0 stripe configuration.

For a walkthrough of assigning policies, see the VMware product walk-throughs site.

vRealize Operations vSAN Management Pack#

The vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN is installed and configured by default in RPC-VMware. To use the management pack, see the Connecting to vRealize Operations section in the vRealize Operations handbook for instructions about logging in.

With the vSAN management pack, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Monitor and proactively alert on vSAN problems via Alert Groups for health, capacity, and configuration (based on the vSAN health checks).

  • Identify vSAN clusters running out of capacity now or soon.

  • Compare non-vSAN and vSAN clusters to deploy or balance workloads and optimize for performance and utilization.

For a walkthrough of using the management pack, see the VMware Feature Walkthrough site.

Health checks#

Customers can view health checks. For a walkthrough of this feature, see the VMware Feature Walkthough site.

VMware recommends that you use the Health Check plug-in to perform initial triage of any vSAN problems. A detailed description of the operational aspects of the health check are located in the VMware Virtual SAN Health Check Plugin Guide.