srodenburg
Expert
Expert

VSAN 6.6 - Confusion about the release (the way it's communicated)

Hello,

I'm confused about the release of VSAN 6.6. Most blogs leave the impression it's already out there. Of course, as usual most bloggers simply and shamelessly copy each others work so they all say the same, but some bloggers go a bit further, actually do write their own content and state that VSAN 6.6 will be integrated into a patch for vCenter and ESXi. But no further details are given.

vCenter 6.5.0c was released a few days ago, after most of these blogs were written/copied. so I thought "this must be it", but there is no mention of VSAN 6.6 in the release-notes.

Why do folks write "VSAN 6.6 has been released" or "it's finally here" (Cormac) while that is not the case. No it's not out there. It's not available. No it cannot be downloaded. So NO it has not been released (yet).

Can people please be straight and clear and simply say "it's not here yet". Vladan seems to be the only one so far, saying it's "announced".

I'm in the middle of the design-phase of a multi site VSAN project, incl. several ROBO's and it makes sense to wait for 6.6 to arrive. Knowing a rough timeframe when it will arrive would allow me to postpone the project until it's been tested in the Lab (writing a design about something you've actually tried and tested is a good approach...). I'm not going to implement a previous version and go through the hassle of upgrading afterwards.

If anyone can shed some light on when the actual release will be, that would be great.

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TheBobkin
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hello,

El Reg says May 5th if this helps:

VMware VSAN has six dot six appeal • The Register

Bob

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virtualKenjitsu
Contributor
Contributor

The vSAN 6.6 Press Release states in the Pricing & Availability Section, "VMware vSAN 6.6 is expected to become available by May 5, 2017."

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depping
Leadership
Leadership

yeah good point Steven... It is an announcement as always with most VMware releases. Seems we (falsely) assume most people understand that, we should state clearly it is an announcement and that the release will follow. We (including us internally at VMware) are never allowed to mention a release date. I will make sure to, in the future, make it more clear it is just an announcement.

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admin
Immortal
Immortal

Greetings!

Good point. I would like to update here that vSAN 6.6 has been released now - VMware Virtual SAN 6.6 Release Notes

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vladanseget
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Steven, It's now since few years since VMware just "announces" new "releases". I got used to it, as I got "caught" in the past, and had to modify a blog posts to reflect the reality - product announced (not released). Once, but not twice.

As for the fact that some bloggers just copying other blogger's work, this exists. There is nothing we can do, except watermark our images and screenshots.

One thing to note is the fact that all the bloggers follow the same briefing from VMware, so we have an access to the same documentation, images, etc. It's usually better (for us) when we have a possibility to gen on an early access beta product and shoot our own images.

Anyway, how John Troyer would say, "The cat is out of the bag"...

Vladan SEGET - vExpert 2009-2022, VCAP-DCA/DCD,
ESX Virtualization Blog - www.vladan.fr
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