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Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 6: A Technology Deep Dive, 2nd Edition by Mostafa Khalil

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Chapter 11. Storage Virtualization Devices (SVDs)

Storage vendors competing in the enterprise had to come up with ways to first coexist with and then migrate from their competitors’ storage. This need begat a storage feature that is the topic of this chapter: storage virtualization devices (SVDs). As simple as it may sound, it is a complex concept and varies from one vendor to another. This chapter deals with this topic from a vSphere 6 perspective. It is not intended to be an in-depth discussion of SVD configuration details.

The SVD Concept

The SVD concept basically involves presenting existing third-party block storage to initiators as if it is the SVD’s own storage. The SVD then presents virtualized storage as block devices or network file ...

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