As we review more details of VMware’s vSphere 4.1 update; we find more nuggets that we can latch onto for which we can find use cases.
One feature that I am somewhat mixed on is the vStorage APIs for array integration (VAAI). I’m not discounting whether or not it is a good feature, but how much of the storage ecosystem will take advantage of this amazing feature. As of its release, only a handful of products support VAAI and they are from the usual suspects: NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, 3Par and EMC. I hope that we see the larger storage ecosystem embrace VAAI support. While these are familiar players in enterprise storage, many VMware installations use other products that do not yet support VAAI.