VMware’s VSAN 6.5 release now supports Seagate’s high capacity 512e advanced format hard disk drives


VMware’s recent announcement states support for 512 emulation (512e) hard disk drive formats, which means our customers who depend on VMware in their advanced IT infrastructure solutions can start benefitting from Seagate’s most advanced, highest capacity hard drives, including the popular 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD (Helium), the 8TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD and the 1.8TB Enterprise Performance 10K HDD.

“Seagate and VMware continue to work together to provide the most elastically scalable storage solutions ensuring customers have the tools to effectively and predictably run their enterprise workloads for maximum TCO,” said John Morris, vice president of global HDD products at Seagate.

Seagate Enterprise HDD products that feature advanced formats such as 512 emulation (512e) and 4K native (4Kn) utilize better format efficiency which enables higher capacities per drive and better total cost of ownership for the customer.  In addition, Seagate’s newest, most advanced Enhanced Caching technologies are available only in our advanced format drives yielding improved read and write performance.

How to future-proof your datacenter storage now

enterprise-capacity-3-5-hdd-10tb-dynamic-400x400VMware’s VSAN 6.5 support for 512e hard disk drives enables customers to begin future-proofing their datacenter storage now, move quickly to the highest capacities as applications demand it and benefit from the advanced format drives’ better write performance (up to 100% random write performance improvement) compared to traditional 512 native (512n) format drives used in legacy systems.  Seagate’s new Enhanced Caching feature enables higher read and write performance and is featured in many of the advanced format (512e/4Kn) Enterprise HDDs including: Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD (Helium), Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD and Enterprise Performance 15K HDD.

“VMware’s certification of Seagate’s Enterprise 512e hard disk drives with VMware Virtual SAN™ helps expand the storage foundation of the VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and enables customers to increase the scale of their hybrid clouds,” said Lee Caswell, vice president, Storage and Availability Products, VMware.

For more info see the VMware Virtual SAN™ certification page here.


About the Author:

John Paulsen
John Paulsen is a "Data for Good" advocate, with nearly 20 years in the data storage industry. He's helped launch many industry-firsts including HAMR technology, 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm hard drives, drives designed specifically for video and for gaming, Serial ATA drives, fluid dynamic HDD motors, 60TB SSDs, and MACH.2 multi-actuator technology.