What Blade Servers Are Certified as VMware vSAN Ready Nodes?

In this day and age, 99% of datacenter environments are virtualized, however a fraction of those environments are using virtualized storage, aka “vSAN”.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the full 1000+ page list of VMware vSAN Ready Nodes and deduct all non blade server systems.  In this post, I’ll be highlighting only blade server vSAN Ready Nodes.

If you are not familiar with VMware’s “vSAN Ready Nodes“, let me get you up-to-speed.  Per VMware, vSAN Ready Nodes are “ validated server configuration in a tested, certified hardware form factor for vSAN deployment, jointly recommended by the server OEM and VMware. vSAN ReadyNode™ are ideal as hyper-converged building blocks for larger data center environments looking for automation and a need to customize hardware and software configurations.”

In case you are wondering, the current VMware vSAN Ready Node document includes One Thousand, Two Hundred, Sixty-Three pages (1263) of configurations – but they include both older generations and newer generations of rack servers, tower server and blade servers.  Since my blog isn’t titled, “Servers Made Simple”, I decided to weed through that 1263 page document and only provide you with the blade servers that made the list (you’re welcome.)

I’ve got a modified PDF at the end of this post, so if you just can’t wait, go there – but as a nice teaser summary, here is the total list of configurations from Cisco, Dell, HPE and Lenovo (the other vendors don’t matter on this blog…)

At a high level:

  • Cisco has 8 VMware vSAN Ready Node blade server configurations
  • Dell has 31 VMware vSAN Ready Node blade server configurations
  • HPE has 71 VMware vSAN Ready Node blade server configurations
  • Lenovo has 4 VMware vSAN Ready Node blade server configurations

Let me be clear, there are TONS of rack server VMware vSAN Ready Node configurations offered by the vendor above, but the data shown is only for blade servers.  I hope I don’t violate any sort of rights, but here is the complete list of VMware vSAN Ready Node configurations that are blade servers.  (As a side note – this data took me about 3 hours to configure, so don’t expect this to be an ongoing feature.)

Download the VMware modified for blade server vSAN Ready Node Configuration list (as of 4.27.2022) here. (106 pages, 818KB, PDF).

I hope this is helpful to you.  Shoot me your feedback in the comments below or at [email protected].


Kevin Houston is the founder of BladesMadeSimple.com. With over 24 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace Kevin has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware virtualization. He has worked at Dell Technologies since August 2011 and is a Principal Engineer supporting the East Enterprise Region and is also a CTO Ambassador for the Office of the CTO at Dell Technologies.  #IWork4Dell


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