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VMware and our storage partners continue to develop and support Virtual Volumes or vVols. This year, at VMworld US in San Francisco, there were several vVols sessions, indicating the growing interest and adoption of vVols. The increased focus is your opportunity to hear and learn the latest information on vVols.

If you are going to VMworld Europe in Barcelona, November 4-7, a session you don’t want to miss is our Industry on Virtual Volumes: Tech Panel Q&A, lead by VMware’s very own VP of Products, Lee Caswell. It’s a great opportunity to hear about vVols from our storage partners directly!  Don’t miss this chance to ask our partners about vVols and why they see vVols as the natural evolution of external storage for the SDDC.

vVols at VMworld

vVols At VMworld Europe Sessions

The Industry on Virtual Volumes: Tech Panel Q & A [HCI3008PE]

SPEAKERS
Lee Caswell, Vice President Products, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware
Bharath Ram, Nimble Product Management, HPE
Cody Hosterman, Technical Director, Pure Storage
Karl Owen, Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC
Paul Morrissey, Director PM, Converged and Software Ecosystem Integrations, Hitachi

 

If you need a general overview and want to learn how vVols work, make sure to sign up for my session.

vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols): Technical Deep Dive [HBI2853BE]

SPEAKER
Jason Massae, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

 

Showing VMware and partner’s continued development, see a tech preview of SRM with vVols using array-based replication.

Tech Preview of Site Recovery Manager with Virtual Volumes [HCI2894BE]

SPEAKERS
Stefan Tsonev, Director, R&D – Site Recovery Manager, VMware
Velina Krasteva, Senior Product Manager, VMware
Drew Tonnesen, Tech Staff, Dell Technologies

 

Pure Storage’s Cody Hosterman, will be talking about why you should use vVols.

Why should I use Virtual Volumes? A technical review. [HBI3416BES]

SPEAKER
Cody Hosterman, Technical Director, Pure Storage

 

Interested in learning VMware’s external storage direction? Make sure to attend Storage Products Manager, Bryan Young’s session.

vSphere External Storage for the Hybrid Cloud [HCI3451BE]

SPEAKER
Bryan Young, Group Product Line Manager, VMware

 

Getting more into a more specific use case, Pure Storage’s Alex Carver talks about Microsoft WSFC on vVols! Yes, as of vSphere 6.7, vVols now supports SCSI-3 PR, no more RDMs!

MSCS on VVols [VMTN5090E]

SPEAKER
Alex Carver, VMware Solutions Architect, Pure Storage

 

Hear some hybrid-cloud use cases.

All About NVMe and Its Use Cases in a Cloud Environment [HBI1989BE]

SPEAKERS
Sudhanshu Jain, Sr Product Management Leader, VMware
Murali Rajagopal, Storage Architect, VMware

 

If you would like to experience vVols for yourself, make sure to head over to the Hands-On Labs.

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management [SPL-2005-02-HCI_E]

SPEAKER
Tim Koishor, Solutions Engineer, VMware

 

These are some of the break-out, and HOL sessions at VMworld Europe, but don’t forget to head to the Solutions Exchange, where many of the storage vendors can speak to or demonstrate their implementation of vVols.

vVols at VMworld

How does vVols enable hybrid-cloud functionality for your virtual datacenter?

I’m glad you asked! Datastores presented to your virtual environment are built for sharing, and distributing storage resources to all VM in that datastore, think DRS, and SIOC. On the array side, the array sees a bunch of IO but is not aware of specific VMs or their storage requirements. If a single VM is having storage resource issues, your storage admin may only be able to report at the datastore (LUN or volume) level.

So what is the solution? vVols! vVols allows your storage array to function as intended. vVols enables your array to provide specific storage features and capabilities at the VM or VM disk level rather than a subset of capabilities split between several datastores. With vVols, you can have a single datastore with all the array’s capabilities, and manage those capabilities via storage policies.

Why does this matter? With vVols and Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM), you now have access to all your array’s capabilities, such as array-based snapshots, cloning, and replication to name a few. Space reclamation is another benefit of vVols. With supported GOS and VM HW version, trim and UNMAP commands are now sent directly to the array reclaiming unused or discarded space further extending the value of your array. Life-cycle management becomes more straightforward with vVols. Because you use SPBM to manage your external storage, changing, or adding arrays doesn’t constitute a new management process or complicated migrations. You are subsequently enabling hybrid-cloud functionality for your external storage. There is much more to vVols and empowering your array, make sure to get the latest details for VMware and our storage partners at VMworld.

See you at VMworld in Barcelona!

Cheers,

Jason Massae @jbmassae