Virtual Volumes Vendor Status – December 2015

vvol-december-2015VMware vSphere 6.0 with the new Virtual Volumes (VVol) storage architecture is in the market since 9 month now. Many vendors have adopted the technology and the list of supported storage arrays has grown massively in the last couple of month. This post takes a look on the current status and which vendors are supported today:

  • Atlantis
  • DataCore
  • Dell
  • EMC
  • Fujitsu
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hitachi
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • NEC
  • NetApp
  • NexGen
  • SANBlaze

HP was one out of four vendors with day one VVol suppor with their high-end flash optimized storage 3PAR StoreServ. The HP XP7 Storage supports VVOLs since microcode version 80-03 which has been released in September 2015.

Solutions Brief – HP 3PAR StoreServ integration with VMware Virtual Volumes (PDF)
Solutions Brief – Best-in-class storage for VMware Virtual Volumes (PDF)
Test Validation – Evaluation of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage with VMware VVOLs (PDF)
Technical white paper – Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HP 3PAR StoreServ (PDF)
VMware vVol and HP 3PAR Technology Preview (YouTube)

  • HP 3PAR StoreServ 10000 Storage
  • HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage
  • HP XP7 Storage

IBM was one out of four vendors that offers hardware with day one VVol support. Their XIV Storage System and the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) is currently supported for VVol. While XIV offers first day support, SAN Volume Controller release V7.6, which supports VVol was released in November 2015.

IBM XIV Storage System and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes Announcement
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7.6 with VVOL support Announcement
vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) with IBM XIV Storage System (YouTube)

  • IBM SVC (SAN Volume Controller)

NEC was one out of four vendors with day one VVol support. Their M-Series Storage Disk Arrays offers scalability and performance from low-end to high-end environments.

White Paper – VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes Changes the Virtualization Environment (PDF)

  • NEC iStorage M110
  • NEC iStorage M310
  • NEC iStorage M510
  • NEC iStorage M710

SANBlaze was one out of four vendors with day one VVol support. It’s not a common storage vendor, but a pioneer in storage emulation solutions. SANBlaze VirtuaLUN target emulation systems are available as physical appliance or as virtual appliance.

SANBlaze VVOL Storage Emulation Solution at VMworld Announcement
SANBlaze VirtuaLUN 7.3 VMware Certified for VASA 2.0 and VVOL
Configuring SANBlaze VirtuaLUN for use in VMWare VVOL Environment (YouTube)

  • SANBlaze VirtuaLUN

NetApp was the 5th vendor that appeared in VMwares HCL to support VVols. NetApp was a very early VVol adopter and the only vendor that had a virtual Clustered Data ONTAP simulators available for customers, to set up a virtual environment and try VVols. A NetApp V-Series is also available with VVol support.

NetApp Unlocks the Power of VMware VVOLs

  • NetApp FAS3200 Series
  • NetApp FAS6200 Series
  • NetApp FAS3210
  • NetApp FAS3220
  • NetApp FAS3240
  • NetApp FAS3250
  • NetApp FAS3270
  • NetApp FAS6220
  • NetApp FAS6250
  • NetApp FAS6290
  • NetApp FAS8020
  • NetApp FAS8040
  • NetApp FAS8060
  • NetApp FAS8080
  • NetApp V3270

EMC VMAX3 storage systems are listed in VMwares HCL since December.

EMC VMAX and Virtual Volumes
VMAX3 Unleashing the Full Potential of VMware Virtual Volumes

  • EMC VMAX 100K
  • EMC VMAX 200K
  • EMC VMAX 400K

Dell offers VVol support for their EqualLogic PS storage systems with firmware release 8.0. Curently there are 51 systems listed in VMwares HCL.

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes on Dell PS Series
Dell EqualLogic: Creating Virtual Volumes Datastores

  • EqualLogic PS4000E
  • EqualLogic PS4000X
  • EqualLogic PS4000XV
  • EqualLogic PS4100E
  • EqualLogic PS4100X
  • EqualLogic PS4100XV
  • EqualLogic PS4110E
  • EqualLogic PS4110X
  • EqualLogic PS4110XV
  • EqualLogic PS4210E
  • EqualLogic PS4210X
  • EqualLogic PS4210XS
  • EqualLogic PS4210XV
  • EqualLogic PS6000E
  • EqualLogic PS6000S
  • EqualLogic PS6000X
  • EqualLogic PS6000XV
  • EqualLogic PS6000XVS
  • EqualLogic PS6010E
  • EqualLogic PS6010S
  • EqualLogic PS6010X
  • EqualLogic PS6010XV
  • EqualLogic PS6010XVS
  • EqualLogic PS6100E
  • EqualLogic PS6100S
  • EqualLogic PS6100X
  • EqualLogic PS6100XS
  • EqualLogic PS6100XV
  • EqualLogic PS6110E
  • EqualLogic PS6110S
  • EqualLogic PS6110X
  • EqualLogic PS6110XS
  • EqualLogic PS6110XV
  • EqualLogic PS6210E
  • EqualLogic PS6210S
  • EqualLogic PS6210X
  • EqualLogic PS6210XS
  • EqualLogic PS6210XV
  • EqualLogic PS6500E
  • EqualLogic PS6500ES
  • EqualLogic PS6500X
  • EqualLogic PS6510E
  • EqualLogic PS6510ES
  • EqualLogic PS6510X
  • EqualLogic PS6610E
  • EqualLogic PS6610ES
  • EqualLogic PS6610X
  • EqualLogic PS-M4110E
  • EqualLogic PS-M4110X
  • EqualLogic PS-M4110XS
  • EqualLogic PS-M4110XV

Hitachi offers VVol support for their Virtual Storage Platform and for their NAS 4000 Series.

Hitachi Software-Defined Storage for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL)
Hitachi Data Systems with Virtual Volumes
Hitachi Storage for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

  • Hitachi NAS 4100
  • Hitachi NAS 4060
  • Hitachi NAS 4080
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (Hitachi VSP G1000)
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G200 (VSP G200)
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G400 (VSP G400)
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G600 (VSP G600)
  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G800 (VSP G800)
  • Hitachi Virtual Platform F400 (VSP F400)
  • Hitachi Virtual Platform F600 (VSP F600)
  • Hitachi Virtual Platform F800 (VSP F800)

Atlantis offers VVol support for their Atlantis USX serives.

Atlantis Partners with VMware To Extend Virtual Volumes
Atlantis in VMware HCL
Atlantis USX VVOL Availability Announcement

  • Atlantis USX

Fujitsu offers VVOL support for their ETERNUS DX storage platform.


  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX100 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX200 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX500 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX600 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX8100 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX8700 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX8900 S3
  • FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX100 S3

NexGen offers VVOL support for their N5 Hybrid Flash Array.

Putting VMware vSphere 6 Virtual Volumes (VVOL) to Work
NexGen Storage QoS Integration with VMware Virtual Volumes (YouTube)

  • NexGen N5-200
  • NexGen N5-300
  • NexGen N5-500
  • NexGen N5-1000

Huawei offers VVOL support for their OcenStor Unified Enterprise-Storage systems.

  • OceanStor 5500 V3
  • OceanStor 5300 V3
  • OceanStor 5600 V3
  • OceanStor 5800 V3
  • OceanStor 6800 V3
  • OceanStor 18500 V3
  • OceanStor 18800 V3

DataCore offers VVOL support for their SANsymphony-V Storage Virtualization solution. Version 10 PSP4 which supports VVOL was released in November. DataCore is very special because it brings VVol support to all storage arrays from all vendors behind DataCore.

DataCore Brings VVols Benefits to Existing Storage and to Non-VVol Certified Storage

  • SANsymphony-V

At the moment Tintri is not listed in VMwares HCL. Tintri has announced support for vSphere 6.

Breaking it Down – VVol and VM-aware Storage (PDF)
VMware VVOL and Tintri

Nimble Storage
At the moment Nimble Storage is not listed in VMwares HCL. Nimble Storage has announce support for VVols and proved their capabilities with Hands-on Labs during VMworld. They state that all arrays will be supported with VVOLs. Currently VVOL is available as “Tech Preview” in NimbleOS 2.3.

Nimble Storage & VMware vSphere 6 – Support & Q&A
VMware and Nimble Storage VVOL Integration Demo

At the moment there is no VVol support from SolidFire. They announced VVol support for their products and provided a technical demonstration.

VVOLs & SolidFire technical demo

Pure Storage
At the moment there is no VVol support for Pure Storage arrays. They announced VVol support for their FA-400 series flash arrays.

Pure Storage – Coming Soon: Support for VMware VVOLs

vvol-vendorsFeel free to comment or contact me when there is any misinformation, or there are any vendors missing.

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the info. A comment about the NetApp support, although VVol support has always been there for quite some time, even now Q1/2016 you would never run this in a production environment.
    The VASA provider is of critical importance from an availablity perspective when running VVols and unfortunately the VASA provider for NetApp is offbox and has no HA capabilities meanings its a big single point of failure in any environment.


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