In Q1 of this year we announced the general availability of vSphere 6.0, which includes a key capability to the VMware vision for Software-Defined Storage: Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is an integration framework to make 3rd party storage systems VM-aware and thereby enables control over native storage capabilities using the VMware control plane for SDS management: Storage Policy-Based Management. There are two parts needed for customers to embark on the VVol transformation. The first requirement is vSphere 6.0 with integrated VVol and SPBM features, and the other is a VVol-enabled array. The main reason why VVol is such a disruptive technology is because of the wide support from the storage partner ecosystem. HP is a VVol design partner and one of the few partners to deliver Day 1 support for VVol. Today I’m very pleased to offer a guest article from Eric Siebert, HP Solutions Marketing Manager and our very dear colleague on the VVol partnership.