VMware Ready Storage

The VMware® Ready™ for Storage program enables partners to develop and certify new plug-ins and storage devices, or update existing ones based on availability of new APIs and versions of VMware products. Storage partners can integrate and validate advanced solutions with vSphere, including disaster recovery, multipathing, offload capabilities and storage management.

Certifications eligible for use of the VMware® Ready™ for Storage logo include:

  • Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere
  • vStorage API for Array Integration for NAS (VAAI NAS)
  • Storage Virtual Appliance (SVA)
  • Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
  • Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere

The Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere Program enables storage hardware partners to engage with VMware to certify their products with vSphere. Typically, partners begin by certifying their hardware for compatibility via this certification program and then move to certifying advanced integrated solutions with vSphere, such as disaster recovery, multipathing, offload capabilities or storage management via the other storage program offerings. This program includes access to the program's Certification Kit, which allows partners to test the reliability and stability of their code. VMware verifies the test results and supports the partner during the certification process.

Requirements

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo in association with storage products, partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain one VMware Certified Professional status for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the Storage Hardware Certification for vSphere program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal.
  • Publish the product description on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
  • Pay incremental fees as specified in the Storage HW Program Guide posted on the VMware Developer Center.
  • Ensure qualifying storage products successfully pass the VMware Ready Storage testing requirements.

Get Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “Storage Hardware” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware Developer Center for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) NAS for vSphere

The VAAI program provides storage partners the benefit of integrating closely with vSphere to offload specific storage operations executed on the storage array, as an alternative to host-based operations. This will increase scalability and performance for customers since the operations are done on the array improving effective utilization of storage arrays. VAAI NAS is based on a file system design solution.

Requirements

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo in association with VAAI NAS certification, partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain one VMware Certified Professional status for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the Storage Hardware Certification for vSphere program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal.
  • Publish the product description on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
  • Pay incremental fees as specified in the VAAI NAS for vSphere program guide posted on the VMware Developer Center.
  • Ensure qualifying VAAI components meet the standards for array integration.
  • Ensure qualifying storage products successfully pass the VAAI NAS testing requirements.

Get Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “VAAI NAS” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware Developer Center for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

Storage Virtual Appliance (SVA)

The Storage Virtual Appliance Program allows partners to quickly and easily deploy virtual machines that are developed and tested to the same rigorous standards as the storage products listed on VMware's Hardware Compatibility Guide. These VMware ESX-based Storage Virtual Appliances allow partners to combine administration server virtualization and storage services on the same x86 based server.

Requirements

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo in association with SVA certification, partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain VMware Certified Professional status for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal.
  • Publish the product description on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
  • Ensure qualifying storage virtual appliance products successfully pass the SVA testing requirements.

Get Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “SVA Program” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware Developer Center for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)

The Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Program offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources to help storage hardware vendors develop three kinds of plug-ins: Multi-Pathing Plug-ins (MPP), Storage Array Type Plug-ins (SATPs), and Path Selection Plug-ins (PSPs). These plug-ins allow partners to enable new storage array support asynchronous to ESX releases and to deliver performance-enhancing, multi-pathing failover/failback semantics and load-balancing behaviors optimized per array.

For customers, the multi-pathing and load-balancing provided through partner pluggable storage components enable the virtualized environment to maintain a constant connection between a host and its storage, as well as reduce or eliminate performance bottlenecks.

Requirements

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo in association with PSA certification, partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the PSA program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal.
  • Publish the product description on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
  • Ensure qualifying components meet the standards for PSA and successfully pass the certification requirements.

Get Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “PSA Program” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware Developer Center for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager is a disaster recovery offering that provides automated orchestration and non-disruptive testing for virtualized applications. VMware SRM integrates with third-party storage arrays and replication appliances to provide a complete integrated business continuity solution. This integration is achieved through a unique storage replication adapter (SRA), created by storage array or replication vendors. The SRM Program helps ecosystem partners develop SRAs and help partners attain VMware certification for their SRA.

For customers, SRM leverages VMware infrastructure to deliver advanced disaster recovery management and automation to ensure it is rapid, reliable, manageable and affordable. Through use of VMware Site Recovery Manager and partner SRAs, customers can greatly reduce the total cost of ownership of disaster recovery.

Requirements

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo in association with SRM certification, partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal.
  • Publish the product description on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
  • Ensure qualifying SRA products successfully pass the SRM testing requirements described in the SRM Program Guide available on the VMware Developer Center.

Get Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “SRM Program” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware Developer Center for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.