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Since we are on a wave of announcing the end of availability of products, here’s another one that you might have not notice.

VMware announced the end of availability of vSphere Storage Appliance, AKA vSA.

As I explained on the last post

End of Availability (EOA) is not End of Life, which means, when a product is EOA you will not be able to purchase it anymore, for vSA this date was be April 1st, 2014.
But since it’s NOT EOL yet, you can still using the product for as long as you wish, VMware will still provide support and release fix patches until the EOL of the product, which for vSA 5.5 is September 19th, 2018. (more details you can check at the VMware’s LifeCicle Matrix)

If you need more information about this announcement, check the FAQ.

I personally don’t know many clients that are actively using vSA, but,  if you are looking for a solution that leverages your local disks to create a shared storage area, without the need to purchased a Storage solution, well… VMware has an answer for that, it’s our own software defined storage solution, called Virtual SAN, aka VSAN.

As you can realize by this quick overview video, It’s a game change on the industry.
To learn more about it, I suggest you check all the amazing posts Duncan Epping owner of yellow-bricks blog wrote.

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