Virtual volumes, also known as VVols, are a VMware feature for providing VM granular, policy based storage management. What this means is that as a virtualization administrator you no longer have to track and juggle datastore features and capabilities. You can simply create a policy of the features you want to take advantage of, then rely on the storage provider to ensure that the requested capabilities are used for your virtual machine.
The NetApp VASA Provider is the virtual appliance which provides VVols functionality with clustered Data ONTAP. On March 3rd, NetApp released version 6.2 of the VASA Provider, be sure to check out the enhanced functionality!
This week on the podcast we have a bit of a homecoming, with our former host, Pete Flecha (@vPedroArrow) joining us. Pete is the Technical Marketing Engineer responsible for VVols integration at VMware, and he does a great job of explaining and elaborating on the value of VVols for everyone.
If you are new to the podcast, tune into any of our previous episodes to see what you may have missed. You can find Tech ONTAP Podcast episodes on the NetApp Blog.