Today, NetApp released new versions of the Virtual Storage Console (VSC) 6.0 for VMware vSphere and the VASA Provider for clustered Data ONTAP. Both these products bring new functionality to the storage market and are helping make storage easier to use and manage within VMware virtualized environments.

 

Lets start with VSC and what it is bringing to the table. If you are not aware of VSC, it’s a free vSphere client plug-in that integrates with VMware vCenter to provide end-to-end lifecycle management for virtual machines (VMs) in VMware environments that use NetApp storage systems. VSC provides visibility into the NetApp storage environment from within the vCenter console and is designed to empower VMware administrators to easily perform storage tasks. The release of version 6.0 brings additional features to an already feature-rich product. Here are the highlights:

 

Multi vCenter Server Support: This much-awaited feature allows VM administrators to manage multiple vCenter Server instances from a single vSphere web client. Administrators can centrally monitor and manage all NetApp storage systems through a single pane of glass.

 

PowerShell Commandlets: For those who prefer to use command line interface, VSC now offers the ability to create scripts and tools through Microsoft® Windows PowerShell® commandlets. Now you can script your own applications for VSC to communicate with the server.

 

VASA Provider 6.0

The new release of VASA Provider 6.0 delivers the much-anticipated VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes support on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP.   Virtual Volumes are setting the stage to fundamentally change how storages arrays manage VMware virtual machines (VMs). Virtual Volumes on Clustered Data ONTAP delivers policy-based management that allows granular storage capabilities to be easily matched to a VM storage policy. This innovative technology is exciting for NetApp since it raises the profile of our storage capabilities.

 

Key benefits of the Virtual Volume Solution on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP include:

 

  • Granular Control: Virtualization administrators now can apply pre-defined storage profiles or individual storage capabilities to a VM. The NetApp Virtual Volume solution delivers VM granular, policy-based management for all protocols, offering the control and flexibility required to align with application and workload requirements.
  • Optimize Storage Efficiency and Performance: With Virtual Volumes, storage operations are offloaded from the ESXi host to the storage array, allowing a rich set of data management features to be applied at a VM granular level.  NetApp’s VVOL solution optimizes operational efficiency and improves performance in a VMware virtualized environment.
  • Simplify Operations: By using policy-based orchestration and automation to automate the provisioning and management of VMs based on application storage requirements, The NetApp Virtual Volume solution provides the predictability and standardization, as well as supports the unprecedented scalability, demanded by today’s “speed of business” climate.

Check out the NetApp VMware Virtual Volumes demo to see how easy it is to use the tool.  Also, visit NetApp’s Datacenter Dude blog for a more in-depth review of the NetApp Virtual Volume solution.

 

Both these tools are free plug-ins that can be downloaded at the NetApp Download Center.

Suzette