By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
I have too much content to wait until tomorrow to go deeper on the VMware announcement today so I want to give you more on the new vSphere Storage API - Storage Awareness (VASA). I was navigating the VMware virtual event site and found a link to a document titled "What's new in VMware vSphere 5.0 - Storage" and it includes a description of VASA. Here's what it says:
vSphere Storage APIs - Storage Awareness is a new set of APIs that will enable VMware vCenter Server to detect the capabilities of the storage array LUNs/datastores, making it much easier to select the appropriate disk for virtual machine placement or the creation of datastore clusters. vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness can also provide help in facilitating, for example, the troubleshooting process or conversations between vSphere and storage administrators. Storage capabilities, such as RAID level, thin or thick provisioned, replication state and much more, can now be made visible within VMware vCenter Server either via “system-defined capabilities,” which are per-datastore descriptors, or via attributes that are exposed via Storage Views and SMS API. vSphere Storage APIs – Storage Awareness aims to eliminate the need for maintaining massive spreadsheets detailing the storage capabilities of each LUN that are needed to guarantee the correct SLA to virtual machines.
My next podcast is with Angelo Cavaliere. Angelo is a Senior Manager and has responsibility for all of the management integration we have with VMware and HP Storage. In the podcast, Angelo talks more about VASA and our HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter.
You can see the new player I just added has a "Save Podcast" icon. You can download it by clicking it.
Here are a few more related resources for you:
- Check out our HP Storage for VMware page at www.hp.com/go/storage/vmware
- You can download the Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter on the HP Software Depot. Here's a direct link to the current version. As Angelo and I discussed, this is a free download.
- While we didn't talk about it today, there's a complete HP Insight Control for vCenter that is a very powerful suite that is worth looking at. You can find it at www.hp.com/go/ICvCenter
Tomorrow I should have another podcast on the VMware announcement talking about the latest VAAI primitives.
(Editor's note: I updated the embedded player on 27 July 2011)