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Mauricio Barra

About Mauricio Barra

Mauricio is a Group Product Marketing Manager in the Integrated Systems Business Unit at VMware, covering products and solutions in the space of Software-Defined Data Center, such as VMware Cloud Foundation and the VMware Validated Designs. Mauricio has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Mexico City’s ITESM.

VAAI Licensing Now Aligned with Virtual Volumes (VVol)

At VMware, we believe that VM-centric, policy-based management is the right way to manage storage. For environments with traditional SAN and NAS storage, Virtual Volumes (VVol) is the way to get there.

So, when we introduced vSphere 6.0 this year, we made a conscious decision to expose VVol to the broadest customer base to allow this new framework to become the standard model going forward. One contributing factor is that we aligned the technology pieces necessary to implement VVol as features in all major vSphere editions:

  • vSphere Virtual Volumes
  • vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM)
  • vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

But there is another feature necessary to enable a fully successful VVol implementation: vSphere APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).  For general context, VAAI offloads specific storage operations to supported arrays, allowing vSphere to perform key storage operations faster while consuming less CPU and memory. In the VVol context, there are scenarios in which a migration of a VVol object may not be handled by the array using VASA, at which point the migration would fall back to using VAAI offload primitives. You can read in detail about the interaction between VVol and VAAI in this article.

But the bottom line is that VAAI should be available for customers looking to implement Virtual Volumes. Licensing was not properly aligned, as VAAI had been restricted to vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus so far. So, as of May 2015, we have made the necessary licensing update. VAAI, along with all aforementioned features necessary for Virtual Volumes are licensed with the following:

  • vSphere Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus
  • All edition of vSphere with Operations Management
  • All editions of vCloud Suite
  • All editions of vSphere for Remote and Branch Offices (ROBO)

Now go and implement some Virtual Volumes with the confidence that all the necessary functionality is properly available and supported.

For more information about licensing, you can refer to the VMware Product Guide.

NexGen Storage hosts a technical seminar series on vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVol)

The momentum around Virtual Volumes keeps growing and growing, and it does so in large part thanks to the support from our storage partners. The VMware storage partner ecosystem continues to embrace the Virtual Volumes wave because just like us, they see in this technology a fantastic way to unlock a lot more value from the rich set of capabilities that their storage systems can deliver and ultimately to transform for the better the way that storage is managed in virtualized environments.

NexGen Storage is one of our Virtual Volumes partners that is doing a great job at helping customers understand how they can benefit from this technology.  In this regard, I am pleased to provide you with the following information about a series of technical seminars that NexGen is hosting on vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes. You can find more info about this series in this News Release, and you can register for one of the events here. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get some training!


Learn How to Put Virtual Volumes to Work in Technical Seminar Series on Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond

NexGen Storage, a Virtual Volumes Development Partner, is hosting a series of technical seminars all across the US and in select cities in Europe focused on storage best practices for vSphere 6 and beyond, including the vSphere 6 Virtual Volumes (VVol) feature.

This half-day technical seminar is designed to give IT technology leaders the background they need to take full advantage of the operational benefits of VVol, including how to adapt their systems and processes to leverage the new management objects, mapping considerations, and performance implications inherent in VVol.

Howard Marks, NetworkComputing Contributing Editor and Chief Scientist of DeepStorage, a leading hands-on testing lab, will headline the seminars. Howard will provide best practice storage considerations for vSphere 6 based on his years of research and testing around VVol.

The morning session is targeted at virtualization managers and will feature the following sessions:

7:45 am – 8:30 am                            Register, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 10:30 am                          Howard Marks, vSphere 6 Storage Best Practice Considerations

10:30 am – 11:30 am                        NexGen VCP, VVol + Storage QoS = Smarter VMs

During the lunch hour, the following sessions will be targeted at business decision makers and will outline the key operational benefits of upgrading to vSphere 6 and how to amplify those benefits with a value-driven storage strategy.

Noon – 12:30 pm                                vSphere 6 Operational Benefits

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm                          Taking vSphere 6 Further with Value-Driven Storage

The series of sixteen technical seminars kicked-off on May 19, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and will continue throughout 2015. Dates and locations include:

  • Dallas, TX – May 19
  • San Diego, CA – May 20
  • New York City, NY – June 10
  • Atlanta, GA – June 11
  • Seattle, WA – June 16
  • San Jose, CA – June 17
  • Denver, CO – June 24
  • Washington, D.C. – July 14
  • Charlotte, NC – July 15
  • Indianapolis, IN – August 18
  • Salt Lake City, UT – September 16
  • Kansas City, KS – September 23
  • Boston, MA – October 21
  • Los Angeles, CA – December 8

Events are also planned for London and Amsterdam.

For more information or to register for an event, click here.

The Software-Defined Storage Pavilion is open!


SDS Pavilion at PEX 2015

SDS Pavilion at PEX 2015

PEX 2015 is off to a great start, and in case you missed it Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is key component of what VMware wants to show the partner community this year. We announced VMware Virtual SAN 6, the next generation of the radically simple hypervisor-converged storage software, and vSphere Virtual Volumes, a new integration framework to enable VM-aware storage.

To help partners navigate everything there is to know about these technologies, we created the first ever Software-Defined Storage Pavilion. The SDS Pavilion brings together the vast ecosystem of storage technology partners that deliver certified solutions for both Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes.

The Pavilion opens today at 11:30 and it is located on the 2nd floor of Moscone West. 10 showcase partners will be present all day: Cisco, Dell, HP, HDS, IBM, Micron & Supermicro, NetApp, Nexenta, SanDisk and Tintri. We also have a lineup of experts rotating at the Expert Bar and Demo stations.

If you are interested in hearing from Partners, at 11:30 SoftNAS will show NFS & CIFS Storage for Virtual SAN 6, at 12:30 Atlantis computing will show a Virtual Volumes demo and at 1:30 SolidFire will follow on that same topic.

And if you want to engage with VMware experts, we have Christos Karamanolis, Principal Engineer for Virtual SAN at 2:00, Jack Lo, VP for Storage & Availability at VMware at 5:00 and the entire Virtual SAN engineering team on site throughout the day.

So, stop by and learn about VMware Software-Defined Storage! Follow the conversation via #PEXsds #VMwarePEX