vSphere Beta Program, Sign up to see what’s coming

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Today VMware announced the vSphere “”next version” Beta Program.  For the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, this vSphere Beta is open to everyone to sign up. Reminds me of the VSAN beta they opened up for everyone to enter.

For the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, this vSphere Beta is open to everyone to sign up and allows participants to help define the direction of the world’s most widely adopted, trusted, and robust virtualization platform.

This vSphere Beta showcases one of our latest software defined storage technologies currently known as Virtual Volumes (VVols).

With Virtual Volumes (VVols), VMware offers a new paradigm, one in which an individual virtual machine and its disks, rather than a LUN, become a unit of storage management for a storage system. Virtual volumes encapsulate virtual disks and other virtual machine files, and natively store the files on the storage system.

Sign up and join the vSphere Beta Program today at: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta

VMware vSphere Beta Program Ground Rules

  • You agree to receive program communications (e.g. emails, webinar invitations, contest invitations etc.).
  • You agree to use the Beta community for general feedback and questions. For specific issues, log a Support Request for assistance. Requests will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours, but there is no pre-determined SLA for issue resolution.
  • VMware will attempt to respond to feedback, comments, questions and issues posted to the Beta community, but there is no guarantee of a response.
  • Your Beta program participation may make you eligible for contests or incentives conducted by VMware to encourage Beta software testing. Details of any contests or incentives will be posted in the private Beta community.
  • Any version numbers used in this Beta are placeholders. VMware does not commit to including the features provided in this Beta in any specific released version.

Remember VVOLS from VMworld 2012?

With Virtual Volumes (VVols), VMware offers a new paradigm, one in which an individual virtual machine and its disks, rather than a LUN, become a unit of storage management for a storage system. Virtual volumes encapsulate virtual disks and other virtual machine files, and natively store the files on the storage system.

By using a special set of APIs called vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA), the storage system becomes aware of the virtual volumes and their associations with the relevant virtual machines. Through VASA, vSphere and the underlying storage system establish a two-way out-of-band communication to perform data services and offload certain virtual machine operations to the storage system. For example, such operations as snapshots and clones can be offloaded.