Virtual Volumes

Using Tags with Storage Policy Based Management

I was doing some work in the lab with Storage Policy Based Management recently. I was using both vSAN and a Virtual Volume array from Nimble Storage. While I [...]

Losing the VASA Provider and/or vCenter Server in VVols

With the release of vSphere 6.0 earlier this year, VMware introduced the eagerly anticipated VVols or Virtual Volumes. As we see more and more traction around [...]

The value of Virtual Volumes (VVols)

Regular readers will know that I normally blog about the technical aspects of storage, as opposed to doing opinion pieces. However there have been a number of [...]

Virtual Volumes (VVols) – Syslog and Scratch Usage

I had a very interesting query in my recent VVol post on vSphere HA interop. In that post I showed how the VVol datastore could be used for datastore [...]

Virtual Volumes (VVols), vSphere HA and Heartbeat Datastores

I had a few queries recently on how Virtual Volumes (VVols) worked with vSphere HA. In particular, I had a number of questions around whether or not VVol [...]

Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Replication/DR

There have been a number of queries around Virtual Volumes (VVols) and replication, especially since the release of KB article 2112039 which details all the [...]

VM Snapshots with VSS – Traditional versus VVols

In some previous posts, I highlighted how VVols introduces the concept of "undo" format snapshots where the VM is always running on the base disk. I also [...]