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November 18, 2013


Satish Sharma

Is there similarity between VMWare VVOL and EMC VIPR

Chuck Hollis

The intent is for these to work together.

VMware's vSphere understands applications and policies, which it can pass down to a storage layer.

The descriptions of policy required (from the application), or capabilities that the storage can offer is contained in VASA.

If a storage layer (such as ViPR) can satisfy the request, it responds with a pointer to a storage container, which is VVOL in a nutshell.

Hope this helps!

-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

    Chuck works for VMware, and is deeply embroiled in all things software-defined storage these days.

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.
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