SoftNAS Cloud NAS on VMware vSphere

Optimize your deployment with additional storage benefits from SoftNAS.  

SoftNAS Cloud NAS for VMware vSphere storage management enables companies to manage data storage in both on-premise and virtualized environments.

Why SoftNAS VMware NAS Storage?

SoftNAS complements VMware virtual with an extensive NAS feature set, combined with unified storage access via NFS, CIFS/SMB, with Active Directory integration. 

SoftNAS runs as a virtual NAS appliance on VMware ESXi and the SoftNAS VM is allocated clustered storage. Storage volumes are allocated from storage pools and shared as NFS exports and VIDS/SMD shared. Integration with Active Directory provides authentication and authorization features. 

VMware vSphere NAS Storage Solutions

SoftNAS Cloud NAS on VMware vSphere enables organizations of all sizes to leverage their existing investment in VMware platforms and tools to deploy powerful software-defined storage capabilities. SoftNAS supports all VMware-compatible storage media and network hardware and is compatible with all private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms. This flexibility has driven customer interest from industries that often face limited IT capital resources, ranging from small-to-medium businesses, educational institutions, government entities, media or publishing companies, and service providers. 

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Cost Management

Save 30-80% by reducing the amount of data to store  

  • Enable Block Storage  
  • Data Deduplication & Compression 
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Increase data performance without expanding storage required  

  • Multiple Storage Types 
  • Striping Disk 
  • Private Storage  
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    Control & Security

    Supporting major protocols including iSCSI, CIFs/SMB, and NFS 

    • Snapshots and Rollbacks 
    • Large-scale Windows Filer & NFS Server  

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    Create affordable, powerful private and hybrid cloud storage solutions combining the power and flexibility of software-defined VSAN and SoftNAS Cloud NAS on VMware in just minutes!

    Use this simple, step-by-step checklist to set up and configure the SoftNAS instance on VMware.


    • Login to your VMware vSphere client with your credentials.
    • Download the SoftNAS OVA and save it to the host it will be installed on
    • Login to your vSphere client and select the ESXi that you will be using. Click “File” from the navigation bar and then “Deploy OVF Template.” Click “Browse” to locate the SoftNAS OVF and select it.
    • Click “Next,” then select “Next” again on OVF Template Details. Select the host you want to deploy on and select “Next.” Select a resource pool and then click “Next.”
    • Select your destination storage and click “Next.” Select a disk format and click “Next.” Select a network for your VM to use.
    • Click “Finish.” The SoftNAS VM will be deployed after a short interval.

    Creating a SoftNAS NAS on VMware vSphere

    Learn the details on how to create a SoftNAS Cloud VM on VMware. Deploying your SoftNAS NAS Storage instance through VMware is a simple process. After obtaining the SoftNAS OVF file from our site, note the storage location, and make sure it is accessible from the machine hosting your vSphere Client.

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    SoftNAS was a good fit for us because while we’re on-premises, we wanted something that was performant, flexible, and scalable… and lend themselves to being moved and implemented in the cloud.”

    Jerry Nihen, Sr Systems Engineer, CMG Financial

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    Deploy SoftNAS Cloud NAS on VMware

    View our guides and video tutorials to get your business seamlessly up and running with SoftNAS VMware NAS Storage

    SoftNAS on VMware Installation Guide

    As a first-time user, the primary goals are simply to see the product in action, to determine its capabilities, and then to determine the requirements. This basic setup will allow you to test the key features of SoftNAS while providing a baseline for your production requirements.

    SoftNAS Installation Guide

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