In case you didn’t get a chance to attend VMworld this past week in San Francisco, there were a lot great sessions delivered on different types of products and technologies. One of my sessions made it into the VMworld top 10 lists “Virtual Volumes Deep Dive”. The session was well received and it was actually published on YouTube.
Just in case you’re new to Virtual Volumes, here is a brief overview of what it is:
Virtual Volumes is a new virtual machine disk management and integration framework that exposes virtual disks as native storage objects onto storage arrays that enables array-based operations at the virtual disk level.
Virtual Volumes transforms the data plane of SAN/NAS storage systems by aligning storage consumptions and operations with virtual machines. In other words, Virtual Volumes makes SAN/NAS storage systems VM-aware and unlocks the ability to leverage array based data services and storage array capabilities with a VM-centric approach at the granularity of a single virtual disk.
With Virtual Volumes, most of the data operations are offloaded to the storage arrays. New data management operations, and communication mechanism have been implemented to manage required communications between vSphere, storage arrays and the Virtual Volumes.
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