What is a VVol Datastore?

What is a VVol Datastore?

vVols Objects A virtual datastore represents a storage container in vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. vVols are encapsulations of virtual machine files, virtual disks, and their derivatives. Virtual machine objects stored natively on the array storage containers.

What is a VVol in VMware?

vVols defines a new virtual disk container (Virtual Volume) that is independent of the underlying physical storage representation. This virtual disk becomes the primary unit of data management, eliminating pre-allocated LUNs/Volumes.

What does VVol stand for?


Acronym Definition
VVOL Virtual Volume
VVOL Volatility of Volatility

What is Vsan and VVol?

Two of these storage technologies are Virtual Volumes (vVOLs) and Virtual SAN (vSAN). Both offer exciting capabilities and opportunities for businesses to configure, manage, and scale their storage. While both vVOLs and vSAN have some similarities between them, they are different storage technologies.

How do I create a VVol Datastore?


  1. From the Navigator view in vCenter, right-click a storage cluster and select Storage > Datastores > New Datastore.
  2. In the New Datastore dialog box, select VVol as the type of datastore to create.
  3. Provide a name for the datastore in the Datastore name field.

How do I set up VVol?

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  1. Create storage container on storage array.
  2. Select the attributes to be surfaced from the array.
  3. Register the storage provider with vSphere.
  4. Create datastores from storage container.
  5. Create Storage Policies.
  6. Deploy VMs to VVOLs.
  7. Manage storage lifecycle of the VM.

What are the benefits of vVols?

Advantages of Using vVols

  • Simplified storage management for large virtual environments.
  • Flexible and granular storage management on the VM level.
  • Optimal resource utilization, dynamic adjustment in real-time.
  • Avoidance of overprovisioning.
  • Policy-based automated and centralized storage provisioning.

Does Vsan use VMFS?

VSAN 5.5 was based on a modified version of VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS); VSAN 6.0 gets its own file system, cleverly called VSAN file system. This new file system supports “instant clones” and more efficient snapshots.

What is protection group in pure storage?

Whenever a snapshot is created, the individual objects in the protection group are snapped together to create a point-in-time consistency group called a protection group snapshot. FlashRecover protection groups can be defined and managed from the Pure Storage GUI, CLI and Windows PowerShell.