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Build own vSAN for under 15000

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Has anyone build their own vSAN hosts yet? Many vendors are selling their vSAN Ready machines but they are quite pricey IMHO.
I'm looking to build my own vSAN that does not cost more than 15000US including the vSAN license. Is it even possible? How have you guys done it?
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Yes, we've built them using Oracle Solaris, ZFS, LSI cards, with JBODS, 40-50 way enclosures, using standard SATA 7.2k rpm disks, and SSDs for ZIL and ARC.

A SAN offering iSCSI, NFS and CIFS.

If you are referring to VMware vSAN, it's early days for this product.
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Hi
I'm actually referring to just that. VMware vSAN.
You think it would get cheaper by building getting components from HCL rather than getting vSan Ready nodes?
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There will be many vendors shipping vSAN boxes in the next few months, and next year, as it's software!

Dell R720, with at least one SSD, and one HDD is a vSAN node!

It's certified for ESXI 5.5 U2, and hence makes your vSAN Node.

The biggest issue is the Dell SSDs are expensive for these servers!

$15,000 is not a lot, as you will need three nodes at least, and VMware vSphere licenses.
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