The Dynamic Duo: VVOLs & DataSphere Unite to Overcome Adoption Challenges

The Dynamic Duo: VVOLs & DataSphere Unite to Overcome Adoption Challenges

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By Kaycee Lai, Primary Data SVP of Products and Sales

Primary Data has released results of our survey on VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) conducted at VMworld 2015. With more than half of the enterprises interviewed running a highly virtualized infrastructure, the results outline many of the obstacles companies are facing as they continue to scale and upgrade their infrastructure. VMware vSphere 6 offers powerful features, including Virtual Volumes, which provide finer control of data, at a per-virtual machine (VM) level.

The challenges of implementing VVols, however, come with performance and migration issues, and storage system support for VVols is currently limited. By creating a global dataspace across different storage types, DataSphere gives existing third party storage the ability to be VVOL-aware. This enables easy upgrades to VMware vSphere 6.0, without the cost and complexity of having to replace their current storage arrays.

Most companies would agree that managing data amongst their different storage solutions is currently an uphill battle. Data is trapped within storage siloes, turning any and all data transfers into long and frustrating processes for IT teams. As companies begin to adopt new storage solutions such as flash or cloud storage, each new platform adds even more data silos. By mapping data intelligently to the needs of the application on a global dataspace, DataSphere can overcome these silos so that data can finally move between storage platforms as needed. DataSphere can serve as a Universal VVols provider to make even existing storage ready for Virtual Volumes. By combining VMware VVols and DataSphere, virtual disks (VMDKs) can be moved transparently and non-disruptively across storage tiers, giving IT the opportunity to quickly respond to fluctuating workloads and requirements, without the cost of over-provisioning.


DataSphere operates out of band to enable VVOLs on existing storage with no performance impact.

Commenting on the survey results, Primary Data CEO Lance Smith noted that, “Data virtualization complements server virtualization to further optimize datacenter efficiency and cost savings while simplifying VVol management to streamline the IT learning curve. Using existing storage resources, data virtualization enables enterprises to easily add VVols for storage awareness and objective-based management to their VMware ecosystems, making it simple to adopt these breakthroughs without having to rip and replace a single storage system.”

 DataSphere gives data automatic access to the performance or protection it may need, while also ensuring that data can be moved to another system seamlessly when needs change. By pairing DataSphere with VVols, you can virtualize with more efficiency than ever before. 

You can also review the data and findings of the VVols survey on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/PrimaryData/primary-data-vmworld-2015-vvols-survey-key-findings-10-1315.



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