July 27, 2015
Anyone who uses VMware and has taken a look at vSphere 6 is probably familiar with the buzz around the new Virtual Volume feature. The Virtual Volume (VVol for short) is a new concept for handling virtual machine storage.
Previously, virtual machines (VMs) resided in a datastore of a set size, the datastore having specific capabilities associated with it. VVols create and manipulate VMs (and the virtual disks associated with them) as individual objects. The capabilities, policies, and features of each of these objects are controlled separately, rather than being lumped with everything else on the datastore.