VMware, in partnership with HP, has launched VMware vSphere 6, the latest version of VMware virtualization platform.
HP has helped VMware define, develop and test the vSphere Virtual Volumes technology, a significant storage enhancement introduced in vSphere 6.
HP is delivering Day 1 support and certification for vSphere 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes across midrange, high-end, and all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage arrays.
HP will also provide support for vSphere 6 across the HP StoreVirtual, MSA, and XP Storage platforms.
VMware selected HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage Fibre Channel reference platform for Virtual Volumes development at the start of the program.
vSphere Virtual Volumes, a new and important enhancement in vSphere 6, allows users to marry the powerful data services of the storage array with the granularity of individual virtual machines (VMs), providing greater flexibility and simplified management.
The partnership benefits customers in many ways. They can increase resiliency and business continuity via built-in vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA) providers on each 3PAR controller node.
Further the solution also helps reduce storage capacity requirements for vSphere Virtual Volumes by 75 percent or more. It also enables operating cost reductions through simpler administration, made possible by policy-based, and complete infrastructure management of HP server, storage, networking, and data protection systems via a single, updated HP OneView for VMware vCenter plug-in.