How it works…

The following table outlines the different components that are required to make up a VVOL environment:

Component

Description

vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

The VASA provider is a software component that was developed by the storage array vendor. The VASA provider provides the storage capability awareness to vCenter and the ESXi hosts.

Storage Containers (SC)

A pool of storage capacity and storage capabilities on the array. A storage container represents a virtual datastore.

Protocol Endpoint (PE)

A logical IO proxy that provides a data path from virtual machines to the virtual volumes.

VVOL Objects

Encapsulation of virtual machine files and disks. Objects are stored natively on the array ...

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