ESX Home Lab on the Cheap II – The Free SAN!
Today, XtraVirt released a free iSCSI solution similar to LeftHand’s Virtual SAN appliance.
Dubbed the XVS, it allows ESX users to tap their unused local VMFS space on different ESX host to create redundant iSCSI LUNs that can then be used for enterprise functions like vMotion, HA and DRS. Amazingly, they are offering this product for free! Optional support can be purchased through the company as well.
I think it will only be a matter of time before these types of applicances will be baked right into ESX.
Currently I have an NFR copy of Lefthand’s VSA that is working great so I have not had a chance to run the XVS yet but I am curious if anyone else has?