Supporting Fault Tolerance VMs on vSAN Stretched Cluster

During one of our many discussions at VMworld 2017, I was asked about supporting Fault Tolerance on vSAN Stretched Clusters, more specifically SMP-FT. Now to be clear, we can support SMP-FT on vSAN since version 6.1. The difficulty with supporting SMP-FT on vSAN stretched cluster has always been the possible latency between the data sites, which could be up to as much as 5ms. This is far too high to support SMP-FT on a VM that has data replicating between data sites, and for that reason, we stated categorically that we could not support SMP-FT on VMs deployed on vSAN…

SMP-FT support on Virtual SAN

There have been a number of questions recently about SMP-FT on Virtual SAN. The Symmetric Multi-Processing Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT) is a feature that many VMware customers have been waiting for. With the release of vSphere 6.0, the SMP-FT capability¬† finally became available. This release did not include SMP-FT support when the VM was run on VSAN however. With the release of vSphere 6.0U1, which included VSAN 6.1, there is now support for SMP-FT when the VM is run on VSAN. There are some caveats when it comes to the different VSAN deployment methodologies: On standard VSAN deployments, SMP-FT is supported…