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Tech Preview – Virtual Volumes

Well, it’s a new day so here is a new video for you to watch and consume while you surf the web looking for interesting videos to watch during your lunch break at work :-)

Disclaimer : This a Technology Preview. This functionality is not available at the moment. It is simply demonstrating the exciting prospects that the future holds for Storage related operations within the virtual world.

Following on from some of the major storage announcements made at VMworld 2012 this year, here is an overview of the Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) feature.

Virtual Volumes is all about making the storage VM-centric – in other words making the VMDK a first class citizen in the storage world. Right now, everything is pretty much LUN-centric, especially when it comes to snapshots and replication. We want to change the focus to the VMDK, allowing you to snapshot or replicate on a per VM basis from the storage array.

In this video we have our good friend and regular guest contributor Cormac Hogan (Senior Technical Marketing Architect within the Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing group at VMware) discuss and demonstrate some interesting aspects of this feature.

Cormac touches on the following:

  • The major objects and their respective roles in Virtual Volumes or VVOLs
  • Storage Provider
  • Protocol Endpoint
  • Storage Container

For additional information, check out Cormac Hogan’s blog post: Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) Tech Preview [with video].

Note: For best viewing results, ensure that the 720p HD setting is selected and view in full screen mode.