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IBM Storage and the Beauty and Benefits of VVol

Once more I’m pleased to offer a guest post from another highly valued partner of ours in the VVol space, and another design partner for Virtual Volumes: IBM.

Today’s post talks about some of the history of how IBM came to realize the promise of VVol, what problems we are all trying to fix, and how IBM helps deliver on the “beauty and benefits” of VVol based storage. Continue reading

Virtual Volumes: Another round of data center transformation from Dell and VMware

Today I’m able to offer another guest-authored post on Virtual Volumes, this time from my respected colleague at Dell, David Glynn, a highly esteemed Technical Solutions Engineer in their Enterprise Storage division who has spent a great deal of his time recently focused on Dell’s implementation of VVol.  Here David shares Dell’s vision of the benefits of VVol, both to the storage administrators and the vSphere administrators: Explaining how this shift in the way we deliver storage is truly transforming the industry.


dglynnDavid Glynn

August 24, 2015

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Explore VMware Virtual SAN and More at VMworld 2015

VMworld is quickly approaching, and this year’s agenda is packed with software-defined storage sessions, booth demos, and hands-on labs – from Virtual SAN to Virtual Volumes. Attend VMworld 2015 to learn how you can simplify your IT infrastructure and lower storage costs in the below sessions.

New & Noteworthy

Learn the latest VSAN technical trends, customer successes, and the future of virtualized storage at these must-see sessions.

STO5954-S Rethinking Enterprise Storage: The Rise Of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
STO5333 Building a Stretched Cluster with Virtual SAN
STO5947 Virtual SAN Operations Management Using vRealize Operations
STO5883 Software Defined Storage: The next Evolution in Storage Architectures
STO4650-QT Five Common Customer Use Cases for Virtual SAN
STO6558-QT 10 Reasons Why VMware Virtual SAN Is the Best Hyperconverged Solution

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Virtual Volumes Overview Video

Interested in learning about Virtual Volumes in 3 minutes? Check out this new Virtual Volumes overview video:

For more Virtual Volumes videos, visit the YouTube Storage channel!

Streamlined Storage Operations with Virtual Volumes

In my last post I detailed the importance of VM-centricity with Virtual Volumes and the fundamental problem that it solves for customers. In this post, I will provide more insight on how Virtual Volumes can make your life easier through streamlined operations.

For both the VI Admin and Storage Admin, Virtual Volumes greatly simplifies management over the existing operational model. Virtual Volumes allows separating storage presentation from storage consumption.

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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.

Virtual Volumes: VM-centricity And Why Its Important

One of the key benefits of Virtual Volumes is the ability to control provisioning and data services at a VM-level. Why is VM-centricity so important and how does Virtual Volumes enable VMs to consume resources efficiently?

Essentially, with VM-centricity, Virtual Volumes eliminates a costly tradeoff that our customers have faced with traditional storage for many years. More specifically, as new applications are deployed, many of our customers have been required to either underprovision and fail to meet SLAs or overprovision and waste valuable resources (compute, storage, and network). Obviously, customers would choose to meet SLAs at the expense of overprovisioning and not consuming resources efficiently.

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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.

vSphere Virtual Volumes Getting Started Guide – New White Paper

vSphere Virtual VolumesHot off of the press: New vSphere Virtual Volumes Getting Started Guide white paper. This new paper provides a summarized description and overview of vSphere Virtual Volumes and its components and how to configure them.

These are the main topics that are covered:

  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Components
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Requirements
  • Configuring vSphere Virtual Volumes
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability
  • vSphere Virtual Volumes CLI Commands

The paper goes over quick configuration scenarios of every vSphere Virtual Volumes components through native vSphere workflows and wizards in order to get you started and working with vSphere Virtual Volumes in a heartbeat.

You can view the paper directly from the vSphere Virtual Volumes product page or download it from the link below:

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes: Getting Started Guide

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Not all VVols are Created Equal : Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes

It is my pleasure today to again offer a post that has been written by an esteemed industry colleague and guest blogger.  This post on VVol was written by Hitachi Data System’s Dinesh Singh.  Dinesh is Solutions Marketing Manager with Hitachi Data Systems focused on virtualization and cloud solutions. Dinesh drives awareness and adoption of HDS storage solutions for VMware Server and EUC virtualization platforms.  In this post Dinesh tells us about how Hitachi has approached the implementation of Virtual Volumes on their platform, and gives us some very nice detail about what can be done with HDS gear when coupled with Vvol.

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