Platform and Compute

The VMware Ready™ logo allows customers to quickly identify VMware partnerproducts and solutions that are optimized for VMware vSphere®, Horizon® and manyother VMware software products. VMware Ready products and solutions interoperateseamlessly with a virtual infrastructure and have met specific VMware integration andinteroperability standards.

Storage Program Overview

 

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)
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager®
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO)
  • vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)
  • VMware Virtual Volumes™

Shared Program Requirements

 

To be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo partners must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain current membership in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program at the Elite or Global level. Visit the TAP web page for information on the program and how to enroll.
  • Execute and comply with the terms of the appropriate program agreements.
  • 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 visit the VSX Partner Corner.
  • Maintain a VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Storage Hardware Certifications for vSphere 

The Storage Hardware Certification for vSphere program enables storage hardware partners to engage with VMware to certify their products with vSphere. Typically, partners first certify their hardware for compatibility via this certification program and then certify 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.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared Storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for storage certifications:

  • Enrollment in the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Foundation program.
  • Pay incremental fees as specified in the Storage HW Program Guide posted on the VMware {code} portal.
  • Ensure qualifying storage products successfully pass the VMware Ready Storage testing requirements.

Get Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} portal 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 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.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for VAAI NAS certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.
  • 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.
  • Storage Hardware certification is a prerequisite for VAAI Certification. Storage Hardware should be certified with vSphere major releases only.

Get Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} portal 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.

 

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for SVA certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.
  • Ensure qualifying storage virtual appliance products successfully pass the SVA

Get Started

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


Visit the VMware {code} portal 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 plugins - Multi-Pathing Plugin (MPP), Storage Array Type Plug-ins (SATPs), and Path Selection Plug-ins (PSPs). These plugins 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 enables the virtualized environment to maintain a constant connection between a host and its storage, as well as reduce or eliminate performance bottlenecks.

 

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for PSA certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.
  • Ensure qualifying components meet the standards for PSA and successfully pass the certification requirements.
  • The PSA program is a vetted program that is only open to qualified partners. Interested partners need to fill out a questionnaire and must be approved to join the program.
  • Storage Hardware certification is a prerequisite for PSA Certification. Storage Hardware should be certified with vSphere major releases only.

 

Get Started

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

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

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 

The Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) program offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources to help storage hardware vendors develop three kinds of plugins - Multi-Pathing Plugin (MPP), Storage Array Type Plug-ins (SATPs), and Path Selection Plug-ins(PSPs). These plugins 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 enables the virtualized environment to maintain a constant connection between a host and its storage, as well as reduce or eliminate performance bottlenecks.

 

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for Site Recovery Manager certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.
  • Ensure qualifying SRA products successfully pass the Site Recovery Manager testing requirements as described in the Site Recovery Manager Program Guide available on the VMware {code} portal.

 

Get Started

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

Visit the VMware {code} portal 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.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for VAIO certification:

  • Enrollment in the vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) program.
  • Adherence to product support requirements as documented in vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering Program Guide document.
  • Ensure qualifying components meet the standards outlined in the VAIO Program Guide and successfully pass the certification requirements.

Get Started

To express interest and get started in enrolling in the VMware Ready program, complete the online VMware Ready Partner Onboarding form. Select “vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering” in the ‘Program Name’ field.

Visit the VMware {code} portal 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 policybased 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. 

 

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for VASA certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.

 

 

Get Started

To express interest and get started in enrolling in the VMware Ready program, complete the online VMware Ready Partner Onboarding form. Select “vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering” in the ‘Program Name’ field.

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

Virtual Volumes 

Virtual Volumes extends VMware’s software-defined storage model to external storage.Virtual Volumes 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 Virtual Volumes 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 Virtual Volumescompatible VASA Provider along with the underlying storage array firmware to be certified and listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

 

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the shared storage program requirements, partners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the VMware Ready for Storage logo for Virtual Volumes certification:

  • Enrollment in the SDDC Integration program.

 

Get Started

To express interest and get started in enrolling in the VMware Ready program, complete the online VMware Ready Partner Onboarding form. Select “vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering” in the ‘Program Name’ field.

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