BYOS (fast, some automation)
Pre-installed (very fast, turnkey approach)
There are four methods to deploy vSAN:
2. vSAN Ready Nodes (Pre-installed).
3. vSAN Ready Nodes (non pre-installed).
4. Hardware Appliances aka HCI (Dell VxRail / Lenovo VX Series).
Each method has a different level of effort involved; the method that suits the end-user organization best is based on the technical level of the admin team, the IT architecture and state, as well as the desired level of customization. Where the "Hardware Appliances" allow for the least amount of customization and the "Build-Your-Own" for the most, in reality the majority of end-users choose either "Pre-Installed vSAN Ready Nodes" or "Hardware Appliances".
Because of the tight integration with the VMware vSphere platform, vSAN itself is very easy to install and configure (just a few clicks in the vSphere GUI)
vSAN 6.7 U1 introduces a Quickstart wizard in the vSphere Client. The Quickstart workflow guides the end user through the deployment process for vSAN and non-vSAN clusters, and covers every aspect of the initial configuration, such as host, network, and vSphere settings. Quickstart also plays a part in the ongoing expansion of a vSAN cluster by allowing an end user to add additional hosts to the cluster.