Let's start with a simple comparison: Virtual SAN is to storage as vSphere is to compute. In other words, VSAN revolutionizes storage in a very similar way to how vSphere or virtualization, in general, revolutionized x86 servers.
VSAN has evolved through two generations so far, the first generation embedded with the vSphere 5.5.x stream (update 1 and higher) and the second generation commenced with vSphere 6.0. In this section, we will discuss the first generation to keep things simple and cover the newer features, enhancements, and architectural changes in the second generation of VSAN in Chapter 9, What's New in VSAN 6.0?.
The key features of VSAN are as follows: