Virtual Volumes Links

Key Links

Virtual Volumes (VVols) Program (VMware Developer Center)
Virtual Volumes FAQ (VMware)
Virtual Volumes Solution Overview (VMware)
vSphere Virtual Volumes Overview Video (VMware)
Virtual Volumes Feature Page (VMware)
VMware Compatibility Guide for VVOLs (VMware)
VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes: Getting Started Guide (VMware)
VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) interoperability with other vSphere products and features (2112039) (VMware KB article)
vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) Interoperability Matrix (VMware vSphere Blog)


Videos to help you learn about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) concepts and architecture (vSphere-land)
Only 4 vendors support VVOLs on Day 1 of vSphere 6 GA (vSphere-land)

When it comes to implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) you better be on time (vSphere-land)
Is it VVOLs or VVols? (vSphere-land)
So VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) is here, when will people start using it (vSphere-land)
How VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) will impact your backups (vSphere-land)
Want to learn more about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols), here’s 3 great sessions to help you (vSphere-land)
Survey highlights interest in VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) but also challenges (vSphere-land)
Customer adoption of VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) (vSphere-land)
Analyzing The Register’s latest article on VVols (vSphere-land)
Happy Birthday VVols – VMware provides a one year update on adoption (vSphere-land)
Observations and feedback on VMware VVols gathered from HPE Discover attendees (vSphere-land)
VVOLs Snakes and Ladders (3PARDude)
VVols, VASA – And Why It All Matters (Chuck’s Blog)
Virtual Volumes – A closer look at Storage Containers (Cormac Hogan)
Virtual Volumes – A new way of doing snapshots (Cormac Hogan)
More Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Snapshots goodness (Cormac Hogan)
The value of Virtual Volumes (VVols) (Cormac Hogan)
Virtual Volumes (VVols) – Syslog and Scratch Usage (Cormac Hogan)
Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Replication/DR (Cormac Hogan)
Virtual Volumes (VVols), vSphere HA and Heartbeat Datastores (Cormac Hogan)
VM Snapshots with VSS – Traditional versus VVols (Cormac Hogan)
Losing the VASA Provider and/or vCenter Server in VVols (Cormac Hogan)
Compare and Contrast – VSAN and VVols (Cormac Hogan)
#VMworld Follow-up | 5. VMware VVols & NetApp Integration (DataCenter Dan)
vVol Technical Overview (Derek Seaman)
VVOLs and VMware (Enterprise Storage Forum)
VMware To Complete Storage Virtualization With VVols – (Enterprise Tech)
VVols: All Systems Go (Great White Technologies)
GreyBeards talk VVOLs with “Father of VVOLs”, Satyam Vaghani, CTO PernixData (GreyBeards on Storage)
VVOLS – Improving Per VM Management (IT Blood Pressure)
VMware Virtual Volumes (Jason Gaudreau’s Blog)
VVOLs What are they? (NerdKnobs)
Primary Data VMworld 2015 VVOLs Survey Key Findings (Primary Data)
#vBrownBag Follow-Up What’s New in vSphere 6 VVols Part 1 w Rawlinson Rivera (@punchingclouds) (Professional VMware)
#vBrownBag Follow-Up What’s New in vSphere 6 VVols Part 2 w Rawlinson Rivera (@punchingclouds) (Professional VMware)
What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.0: Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) (Settlersoman)
What are VVols? (Storage Switzerland)
How Storage Vendors Integrate VVols (Storage Switzerland)
Are VMware VVOL’s in your virtual server and storage I/O future? (StorageIOblog)
VMware VVOL’s and storage I/O fundamentals (Part I) (StorageIOblog)
VMware VVOL’s and storage I/O fundamentals (Part II) (StorageIOblog)
#vBrownBag vSphere 6 Introduction to VVOLs with Howard Marks (vBrownBag)
PEX Session Notes: VVOLs Technical Overview (vHersey)
VMware vSphere 6 – Virtual Volumes (vInfrastructure Blog)
At long last: VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) (Virtual Storage Zone)
VVOLs are more than just “per-VM”storage volumes (Virtual To The Core)
How To Create VMware Virtual Volumes (Virtualization Review)
Storage Policy-Based Management with vSphere 6.0 (Virtualization Review)
Boxing, VVOLs And Replication (Virtualization Review)
The State of vSphere Virtual Volumes (Virtualization Review)
5 Reasons To Adopt vSphere Virtual Volumes (Virtualization Review)
vSphere 6.0 New Features – What is VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols)? (VMware Arena)
Understanding Virtual Volumes (VVols) in VMware vSphere 6.0 (2113013) (VMware KB)
Virtual Volumes (VVols) vSphere APIs & Cloning Operation Scenarios (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Virtual Volumes (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Virtual Volumes Interoperability: VAAI APIs vs VVOLs (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere Virtual Volumes Overview (VMware Storage YouTube)
Virtual Volumes part 1: Concepts (VMware Tech Pubs YouTube)
Virtual Volumes part 2: Architecture (VMware Tech Pubs YouTube)
Getting Ready for Virtual Volumes (VMware Virtual Blocks Blog)
Virtual Volumes: First Year In Review (VMware Virtual Blocks Blog)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: Virtual Volumes (WoodITWork)
Virtual Volumes primer (Yellow Bricks)
Virtual Volumes and queueing (Yellow Bricks)

Hands-On Labs

HOL-SDC-1627 – VVol, Virtual SAN & Storage Policy-Based Management (VMware HOL)
HOL-PRT-1674 – Dell Storage presents Virtual Volumes, vSphere Metro Stretched Cluster and more (VMware HOL)

KB Articles

How Virtual Volumes and UNMAP primitive interact? (2112333) (VMware KB)
Virtual Volumes and VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) (2111731) (VMware KB)
Virtual Volumes at scale support with Horizon View workflows (2109267) (VMware KB)
Attempts to deploy a VM OVF or to migrate a virtual machine to Virtual Volumes datastores fail if contents of potential config-VVol exceed 4 GB limit (2111421) (VMware KB)


Top five things you need to know about VMware Virtual Volumes (Computer Weekly)
VMware Takes Wrapper Off VVOLs (Consultia)
VVOLs and VMware (Enterprise Storage Forum)
Why I Love VVols – And So Will You (Evaluator Group)
Waiting For VMware VVOLs (Network Computing)
The VVOLs Cometh (Network Computing)
VMware VVOL technology drives progress in storage management (SearchServerVirtualization)
VMware VVOLs redefine storage (SearchStorage)
Five key VMware VVOLs takeaways (SearchVirtualStorage)
Virtual machine management: VVOLs ‘complete picture’ (SearchVirtualStorage)
VMware VVOLs poised to shake up storage offerings (SearchVirtualStorage)
How VMware VVOLs compares to VM-aware storage (SearchVMware)
How will VMware VVOLs affect you? (SearchVMware)
What’s required for VMware Virtual Volumes? (SearchVMware)
What are the benefits of VMware Virtual Volumes? (SearchVMware)
What are the key components of vSphere VVOLs? (SearchVMware)
How are vSphere Virtual Volumes managed? (SearchVMware)
Is it Time to Upgrade VMware Storage? (Storage Switzerland)
VMware Virtual Volumes – What impact will they have on the datacenter? (Taneja Group Panel Discussion)
VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter (Taneja Group w/VMware)
Implementation of VMware VVols by Different Vendors (Taneja Group)
Top Takeaways from Vmware VVOLs (Tech Target)
Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware’s future VVOL tech (The Register)
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone’s jumping into bed with VMware (The Register)
Six-starved storage bods rush to support vSphere and VVOLs (The Register)
Listen up, VMware admins: If the array won’t support it, VVOL won’t help you… (The Register)
After all the sound and fury, when will VVOL start to rock? (The Register)


VMware VVOLs potential performance problems (Ray On Storage)
Backup performance of VMware VVOLs (Virtual To The Core)

Vendor Specific


Atlantis Partners with VMware To Extend Virtual Volumes to $300 Billion In Existing Datacenter Storage (Atlantis Computing)


DataCore Announces Universal VVols Support to Expand Reach of VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (DataCore)
VMworld 2016: DataCore Introduces Second-Generation Universal VVols Software Functionality, Certified by VMware to Manage All Types of Storage (DataCore)
DataCore Software – VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) Storage Podcast – Episode 246 (DABCC)


Curious about VMware Virtual Volumes? (Dell)
Dell EqualLogic: Creating Virtual Volumes Datastores (Dell)
VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes on Dell PS Series (Dell)
vSphere Virtual Volumes and Dell Storage (Dell YouTube)
Dell Storage SC Series VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – Part 1 (DellTechCenter YouTube)
Dell Storage SC Series VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – Part 2 (DellTechCenter YouTube)
Virtual Volumes: Terminology and More (DellTechCenter YouTube)
Dell Announces VMware vVols and VSAN 6 Support (Storage Review)
Dell’s Implementation of VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) (Taneja Group)
Dell EqualLogic OS 8.0 with vSphere Virtual Volumes (Virtualization Review)
Virtual Volumes: Another Round of Data Center Transformation from Dell and VMware (VMware Virtual Blocks blog)


vRA 7 and VVols on VMAX3, VMAX All Flash (Drew Tonneson)
VMworld 2012 – Psst… Want to see the future of storage with VMware and EMC? (EMC)
VMworld 2013: vVol update with EMC VNX (EMC)
Virtual Volumes and EMC VMAX (EMC)
VVols Technical Preview for vVNX – Free download (EMC)
Using VMware Virtual Volumes With EMC VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash White Paper (EMC)
Manage VMware virtual volume datastores (EMC)
Manage VMware virtual volume datastores with CLI (EMC)
EMC Unity – Configuring VVols (EMC)
EMC Unity: Virtualization Integration (EMC)
VVols Tech Preview – Overview and Configuration (Part 1) (EMC YouTube)
VVols Tech Preview – Overview and Configuration (Part 2) (EMC YouTube)
VMworld 2016 EMC VVol Demo (EMC YouTube)
Configuring VVOLs with EMC Unity (ESXsi)
Deploying the EMC vVNX VVOLs Technical Preview (VirtXpert)
EMC Storage and Virtual Volumes (VMware Virtual Blocks)
EMC Unity With Native Virtual Volumes Support (VMware Virtual Blocks)
Virtual Volumes on EMC Unity (VMware Virtual Blocks)
UnityVSA VVOL 1 (YouTube)
UnityVSA VVOL 2 (YouTube)
UnityVSA VVOL 3 (YouTube)
UnityVSA VVOL 4 (YouTube)


The Impact of VMware VVOLs on Storage (Fujitsu)

Hitachi (HDS)

VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination (HDS)
VVOL Demo by HDS: Worth a Watch (but let’s be careful out there) (HDS)
Hitachi Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVol) FAQ (HDS)
Hitachi Storage Provider for VMware vCenter v3 (HDS)
Hitachi and VMware Virtual Volumes – Part 1 (HDS)
Hitachi and VMware Virtual Volumes – Part 2 (HDS)
Hitachi and VMware Virtual Volumes – Part 3 (HDS)
Hitachi Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVol) FAQ (HDS)
Hitachi Virtual Volumes (VVol), Storage Containers and SPBM Demo (HDS)
Delivering Simplified Scalable IT with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Hitachi Storage (webinar) (HDS)
Why VVol for All-Flash systems? (HDS)
VMware VVol – Real-world experience (HDS)
VVol’s with HNAS – How it works (HDS)
VMware vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volume Environment Deployment in File Storage From Hitachi (HDS)
VVOL Series: PART 1 Introduction (Paul Meehan)
VMware VVOL Series Part 2: Deeper Dive (Paul Meehan)
VMware VVOL Series Part 3: Implementation Considerations and Availability (Paul Meehan)
VMware VVol and HDS: An Introduction (Paul Meehan)
VVol and HDS Part 2: With and Without VVols (Paul Meehan)
VVol and HDS Part 3: New Storage Constructs (Paul Meehan)
VVol and HDS Part 4: So how is a VVol instantiated ? (Paul Meehan)
VMware VVol Part 5: Containers & Capability Profiles (Paul Meehan)
VMware VVol Part 6: The mythical Protocol Endpoint (Paul Meehan)
Experience with VMware VVols (Sam Walker)
HDS and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) (Slideshare)
Not all VVols are Created Equal : Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VMware Virtual Blocks blog)


3PAR VVOLs Demo – from HPE Discover (3PAR Dude)
The 3PAR Architecture Matters: VMware VVols (Around the Storage Block)
HP 3PAR StoreServ’s VVols Integration Brings Long Awaited Storage Automation, Optimization and Simplification to Virtualized Environments (DCIG)
Evaluation of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware Virtual Volumes (HP)
ATSB: VMware vVol and HP 3PAR Technology Preview (HP)
VMware VVols is coming. Will your storage be ready for it? HP 3PAR StoreServ will be! (HP)
HP 3PAR StoreServ integration with VMware Virtual Volumes Solution Brief (HP)
Got VVOLs? If you have 3PAR StoreServ you do (HP)
vSphere 6, VVOLs and 3PAR (HP)
Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ (HP)
Revisiting VMware VVOLs and HP 3PAR integration (HP)
HP 3PAR StoreServ and VMware vVols Demo (HPE YouTube)
HP 3PAR and VMware vVols demo: deeper dive (HPE YouTube)
vVols and 3PAR Snapshot with PowerCLI (HPE YouTube)
VSphere 6, HP 3PAR And VVols (V-Strange)
Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ (VMware Virtual Blocks blog)


Huawei OceanStor Certified For VMware vSphere 6.0 and vVols (Storage Review)


VMware Virtual Volumes and XIV (IBM)
IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA (IBM)
IBM Spectrum Control Base and VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) (IBM)
VMware Virtual Volumes with IBM Storage – The Power of Integration (IBM)
vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) with IBM XIV Storage System (IBM Redbooks YouTube)
IBM Storage and the Beauty and Benefits of VVol (VMware Virtual Blocks blog)


VMware VVols with Kaminario K2 AFA (Kaminario)


VMware Datastores and Virtual Volumes (DataCenter Dude)
Get your NetApp – VVols while they are HOT (Great White Technologies)
Deploying VVols on NTAP (Great White Technologies)
[BETA] Using VVOLs with NetApp and VMware (NetApp)
NetApp and VMware vVol Demo (NetApp)
NetApp @VMworld 2014 VVol Demo (NetApp)
Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) On Horizon to Deliver Software Defined Storage for vSphere (NetApp)
VMware VVols On NetApp CDOT Beta CookBook (NetApp)
NetApp Unlocks the Power of VMware VVOLs (NetApp)
vSphere Virtual Volumes for Horizon 6 & NetApp All-Flash FAS (NetApp)
Virtual Infrastructure with Vmware VVOLs (NetApp YouTube)
What are the prerequisites for VVOLs on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and vSphere 6.0? (Settlersoman)
How to configure VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) on NetApp to work with vSphere 6 – deplying VASA (Settlersoman)
Provisioning Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and vSphere 6 (Settlersoman)


ESG Lab Video Summary: NexGen Storage: Delivering QoS with VMware vSphere 6 VVols (ESG)
Using Storage QoS with VMware VVOL to Improve the End User Experience (NexGen)
NexGen Storage QoS Integration with VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) (NexGen)
Delivering Storage Quality of Service with VMware vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (NexGen)
vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) VM-Centric Storage Market Landscape Report (Taneja Group)


VMware and Nimble Storage VVOL Integration Demo (Nimble Storage)
Nimble Storage & VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) – With vSphere 6 Demo (Nimble Storage YouTube)
VMware Virtual Volumes – The Next Level of Storage Integration (Nimble Storage)
VMware Virtual Volumes – Part 2 (Nimble Storage)
Virtual Volumes (VVOLs): Simplified, Dynamic, Granular VM Management (Nimble Storage)
Doing more with less – VVols and Simplified Storage Management (Nimble Storage)
Virtual Volumes on Nimble OS 3 (VMware Virtual Blocks Blog)

Pure Storage

VMware VVols: next-gen storage goes back to the future (Pure Storage)


SANBlaze VirtuaLUN 7.3 VMware Certified for VASA 2.0 and VVOL (SanBlaze)
Configuring SANBlaze VirtuaLUN for use in VMWare VVOL Environment (SanBlaze)


VMware VVOLs with SolidFire Quality of Service (SolidFire)
vSphere 6 Storage – The Future of Storage at Scale (SolidFire)
Technical Demo – VMware VVOLs with SolidFire Quality of Service (SolidFire)
Ask the Experts: SPBM and VVols Storage with SolidFire (SolidFire YouTube)
Virtually Speaking Podcast Episode 14 – SolidFire VVols done right (VMware Virtual Blocks Blog)


Want to try VVOLs? How about StarWind? (mwpreston dot net)


Tintri upgrades virtual machine QoS and takes a shot at VVOLs (Computer Weekly)
Tintri VVols Demo (Tintri)
Virtualization, vVOLs and the Importance of VM-Aware Storage (Tintri)
VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) – What it is and what to look for in storage implementations (Tintri)
Tintri announces support for VMware vSphere 6 (Tintri)
VMware VVOL and Tintri (Tintri)

VMworld 2014

vBrownBag VMworld 2014 – Nick Howell – Policy Based Management and VVols (vBrownBag/NetApp)
VMworld TV Interview: Peter Kielty of VMware Discussed Virtual Volumes (VMworld TV)
STO1965.1 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive (Rawlinson Rivera, VMware Suzy Visvanathan, VMware)
STO2554-SPO – Zooming In: How VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) Will Provide Shared Storage with X-ray Vision (Patrick Dirks, VMware – Ivan Iannaccone, HP)

VMworld 2015

STO4649 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive (Ken Werneburg, VMware – Patrick Dirks, VMware)
STO5888 – Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (Eric Siebert, HP)
STO5074 – Explaining Advanced Virtual Volumes Configurations (Ken Werneburg, VMware – Andy Banta, SolidFire)
STO4452 – Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) a game changer for running Tier 1 Business Critical Databases (Sudhir Balasubramanian, VMware)
STO5822 – Putting Virtual Volumes to Work — Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond (Howard Marks, DeepStorage)
STO6263-SPO – Veritas Technologies: How to use vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) the right way (George Winter, Symnatec)
STO6285-SPO – Beyond the Hype: The Customer Experience with Storage QoS (Ben Bolles, NexGen Storage)
STO4805 – How Virtual Volumes Will Solve Storage Challenges in the Datacenter (David Glynn, Dell Storage)
STO5522 – Virtual Volumes Technical Panel (US Version) (Ken Werneburg, VMware)
STO5522 – Virtual Volumes Technical Panel (EMEA Version) (Ken Werneburg, VMware)
STO5571 – What’s New in Virtual Volumes (Michael Haag, VMware – Juan Novella, VMware)
STO5721 – Virtual Volumes on NetApp – Ready For Prime Time! (Peter Learmonth, NetApp – Ken Werneburg, VMware)
STO6284-SPO – New Ideas for Simply Better VM Automation, Business Continuity and Data Protection with and without Virtual Volumes (Paul Morrissey, HDS)
STO6559-QT – Cloud-like Operational Efficiency with Virtual Volumes (Juan Novella, VMware)
STO6671-SPO – VMware & IBM: Optimized to Manage Oceans of Data in a Digitally-Driven World (Eric Herzog, IBM – Paul Braren, IBM – Carlos Fuente, IBM)

VMworld 2016

VMware VVol Sessions

STO8159 – Snapshots Suck: How VSAN and VVol fix all your operational nightmares (Pete Flecha, VMware – John Nicholson, VMware)
STO7645 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive (Pete Flecha, VMware – Patrick Dirks, VMware)
STO9977-QT – 5 Tips for Getting The Most From Virtual Volumes and vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management (Ben Meadowcroft, VMware)
STO7549 – Achieving Agility, Flexibility , Scalability and Performance with VMware Software Defined Storage (SDS) and Virtual Volumes for Business critical databases (Mohan Potheri, VMware – Sudhir Balasubramanian, VMware)
STO7650 – Software-Defined Storage at VMware Primer (Duncan Epping, VMware – Lee Dilworth, VMware)

Partner VVol Sessions

STO9617-SPO – Containers & VVols – a technical deep dive on new technologies that revolutionize storage for vSphere (Eric Siebert, HPE – Charles Tierney, HPE)
STO8422 – Virtual Volumes: Why? (Rajib Ghosh, EMC – Ben Meadowcroft, VMware)
STO8619 – Transitioning to VVols: Partner Panel (Pete Flecha, VMware – 6 partner panelists)
SDDC9726-SPO – Making SolidFire Invisible in your VMware Environment (Josh Atwell, NetApp)
STO8694 – High-Speed Heroics: Array-based Replication and Recovery for VMware Virtual Volumes (Narayan Kumar, Nimble Storage – Julian Cates, Nimble Storage – Rawlinson Rivera, VMware, Inc)
STO8144 – VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes in a NetApp Environment (Rhett Bigler, NetApp – Pete Flecha, VMware)
VIRT8074 – The SDDC: Full Stack on vSphere 6.0 SAP Business Warehouse Powered By HANA, NSX, vRealize Operations, SDS-Virtual Volumes on Hitachi Unified Platform (Gregory Smith, Hitachi – Bob Goldsand, VMware)
STO8840 – Deploy Scalable Private Cloud with vSphere Virtual Volumes (Paul Morrissey, Hitachi Data Systems – Pete Flecha, VMware)
STO9054 – VVol and Storage Policy-Based Management ? Is It Everything They Said It Would Be? (Ben Bolles, Pivot3 – Jeremiah Francis, Financial Advocates)

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