VMware vSAN (formerly VMware Virtual SAN) is a Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution that leverages a distributed control plane abstraction to create a pool of storage from disparate server-based disk hardware. That abstraction is comparable to the way the vSphere ESXI hypervisor converts a cluster of server hardware into a pool of compute resources (VMs).

This Solution Brief touches upon vSAN's use cases, its compute, storage and networking requirements, and the Dell EMC solution stack.