Virtual Volumes (VVols) is one of the most awesome new additions to vSphere 6.0. VMware has been talking about it for a while. VVols completely change the way storage is presented, managed and consumed and certainly for the better. Most storage vendors are on board as their software needs to be able to support VVols and they’ve been champing at the bit for VVols to be released. VVols is all about changing the way storage is deployed, managed and consumed making the storage system VM-centric, VMware likes to use the term “making the VMDK a first class citizen in the storage world”. Personally as both a storage admin and VMware admin, this makes my life a lot easier.
- Vendor Provider (VP) – management of data operations
- Storage Containers (SC) – management of data capacity
- Protocol Endpoints (PE) – management of access control and communications