Those clever and pesky rivals of mine at Xtravirt.com have done it again. I wish these guys would stop being so terribly clever and useful, I don’t need the competition. But seriously, this has been sitting in my intray for weeks, ever since Gavin from Xtravirt.com told me about a new addition to their website. It’s called the Xtravirt Virtual SAN (XVS) appliance. This is their description:
“The Xtravirt Virtual SAN (XVS) appliance for VMware ESX3 Server, is a free solution to provide the benefits of shared VMFS storage without the cost of an SAN. This allows for the utilization of otherwise unused local storage in the ESX server to facilitate enterprise level features such as vMotion, DRS and HA, normally only available through the use of a shared storage device. All volume data is synchronously replicated between hosts, providing full fail-over capabilities with data integrity in the event of a host, disk or appliance failure. The appliance is menu-driven and has been designed to be as easy to configure as possible; full documentation is provided. Its features include:
- XVS is a SAN and local Disaster Recovery all-in-one
- It provides enterprise-level functionality, such as vMotion, DRS, and HA, all using direct attached storage
- All volume data is synchronously replicated between hosts, providing full failover capability with data integrity in the event of a host, disk or appliance failure”
Find out more on the Xtravirt.com website.