As Eric Siebert has pointed out, the VMware vSphere release cycles are shortening.
While vSphere 5.1 could be seen as a bit rushed, especially in regards to SSO, when it was released, the shorter release cycles seem to work out pretty well.
This does make me think though; vSphere 5.5 is pretty much ready to be released to the general public, and the new VSAN component will be in a public beta at the same time.
Does this indicate that VMware might actually be moving to a more modular approach, with different release cycles for different components?
I can see how this works for «add-on» products like Horizon View, VDP and so on, but for «core» components like a new the local storage layer this is a new one.
**Is this a new modular approach or is due to the fact that the release cycle this time around was too short to get VSAN included? **
Or, perhaps is it as simple as Jason A Linden just suggested on Twitter; VSAN will be included in vSphere 5.5 Update 1?