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Hello,
I want some help re configuration:
I have 3 Hosts HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8, running Esxi
Currently we are using filer for storage.

We are thinking of using vSan for our storage needs, Our end result should be like:

Total storage to be used 50TB.

1. I want to know if I can go for total SSD solution (I know it will be expensive), but if yes, then Can I?
2. If I have to go for SSD & HDD mix, what capacity should be the split?
3. If you can guide me to have an approx. idea of price I should be looking at?

Regards,
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1. vSAN requirements here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2058424

2. VMware vSAN requires at least a single SSD and HDD per HOST.

have a look at this guide as well

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/12/virtual-san-hardware-guidance-part-1-solid-state-drives.html

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2014/03/20/vsan-ready-node-equal-vsan-hcl/

SSDs are used for Read and Write buffer, like with Hybrid Storage.
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I know the article, I m liking for precise answer
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1. No
2. 50TB vSAN - 2.4TB SSD, and the rest HDD, so that's 800GB SSD per Host.
3. Price of which and what? vSAN liceneses or cost of HP SSD and HDD s?
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Price of vsan license, SAD & HDD
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VMware vSAN license is licensed per host CPU.

and also based on what vSphere license you have ?

e.g. Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus?

So how many CPUs and what edition of Enterprise Plus do you have?

Also, Basic or Production Support, 1 or 3 years?

It's roughly

$15,000 per host

As per hardware costs, for your HP Servers...

$6,000 per SSD x 3
$14,562 18 x 2TB disks, 6 per server.

Approx 54TB

Total cost Approx $77, 562

Retail prices for hardware, from HP direct, you may get a better price from your preferred supplier.

and don't forget 10GBe networking.
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We have 2 CPU per host, we have 8 slots per server for Disks.

As for vSphere, we still have to decide to buy vSphere 5.5 , so it's not in play as of now.

Can you please send me link to the site from where you are quoting the Disks?

Also, what is the ratio of SSD to total capacity, so that I can see the price if I want to start with a smaller solution in the beginning?

Thanks a lot!
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Sorry, the vSAN license above is £15,000 for 3 hosts!

So, your costs with VMware vSphere are

from $22,652 which includes the licenses for VMware vSphere Standard

to $54,444 which includes the licenses for VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus

plus hardware!

Total approx $87,000

Disk prices are from HP, the disks are worked on were 3TB x 6, plus 1 SSD, so that's 7 slots!

http://www.hp.com

SSD - 10% of the HDD capacity in the server
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One additional question, how would you propose to recover from vSan if I delete a vm?
I mean reccomend backup
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StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
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vBackup
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Thanks!
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