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)
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO)
  • vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)
  • Virtual Volumes (VVols)

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 Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite or Global 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 VMware 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 {code}.
  • 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 “SDDC Foundation” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware {code} 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 with 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 or Global 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 VMware program agreement.
  • Provide cooperative support for the qualifying products through TSANet. Maintain TSANet membership and an entry in the 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 {code}.
  • Ensure qualifying VAAI components meet the standards for array integration.
  • Ensure qualifying storage products successfully pass the VAAI NAS testing requirements.

Getting Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} 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 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 or Global 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 VMware 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.

Getting Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} 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 or Global 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 (VCA) for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the VMware 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.

Getting Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, please fill in the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select “SDDC Foundation” in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware {code} 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 SRAs.

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 or Global 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 (VCA) for technical support within each region where the qualified product is sold.
  • Sign the VMware 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 SRM testing requirements described in the SRM Program Guide available on the VMware {code}.

Getting Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) 

The vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering Certification program provides tools and development resources designed to enable TAP partners to get their developed Filter class tested against vSphere and obtain official VMware certification and support.

Requirements

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

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite or Global level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • VMware program agreement signature.
  • Adherence to product support requirements as documented in vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering Program Guide document.
  • 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). To get started on the VSX as a partner, visit the VSX Partner Corner page for more information.

Getting Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select "vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO)" in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware {code} for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) 

vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) providers communicate with Virtual Center to indicate storage topology, capability and state information which supports policy-based management, operations management and DRS functionality. VASA providers help to identify trends in a VM’s storage capacity usage for troubleshooting, correlate events on the datastore and LUNS with a VM’s performance characteristics, and monitor health of storage.

The policy-based management functionality of a VASA provider helps administrators choose the appropriate storage device, and monitors and reports information about existing storage policies. Because VASA providers enable tight integration with vSphere policy and operations management, and better troubleshooting and physical storage event correlation to reduce support costs, partners who create VASA providers are becoming the preferred storage suppliers for administrators and capacity planners seeking these optimizations.

Requirements

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

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite or Global level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain within each region where the qualified product is sold one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) for technical support.
  • Sign the SDDC Integration 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). To get started on the VSX as a partner, visit the VSX Partner Corner page for more information.

Getting Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select "SDDC Integration" in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware {code} for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.

Virtual Volumes (VVols) 

Virtual Volumes (VVols) extends VMware’s software-defined storage model to external storage. VVols transforms SAN/ NAS into VM-centric devices by making the virtual disk a native representation of the VM at the array level, and enables app-centric, policy-based automation of SAN and NAS based services.

This VVols package allows partners to enable their storage arrays to support granular virtual disks and deliver better services optimized for vSphere releases. Through this package, VMware offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources to help storage array and management applications partners develop virtual volumes capable firmware and out-of-band management components in accordance with VMware’s API Specifications. This package also allows partners to develop a VVols-compatible VASA Provider along with the underlying storage array firmware to be certified and listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide (vCG).

Requirements

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

  • Be enrolled in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite or Global level. Visit the TAP main page for information on the program, how to enroll or how to upgrade your enrollment.
  • Maintain within each region where the qualified product is sold one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) for technical support.
  • Sign the SDDC Integration 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). To get started on the VSX as a partner, visit the VSX Partner Corner page for more information.

Getting Started

To get started and express interest in enrolling in the VMware Ready Program, complete the online Partner Onboarding Form. Select "SDDC Integration" in the Program Name field.

Visit the VMware {code} for additional program resources, including SDKs, APIs and other certification tools.