Virtual Volumes

One-stop shop for Pure Storage FlashArray and vSphere Virtual Volumes:

Link: Pure Storage Support VVol Page

Link: VMware VVol Compatibility Guide Listing

Virtual Volumes and the FlashArray User Guide

Virtual Volume and the FlashArray Quick Start Guide


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  • Purity 5.0.0 or later
  • FlashArray 400 Series, FlashArray//M, FlashArray//X
  • vCenter 6.5 or later
  • ESXi 6.5 or later
  • Configure NTP for VMware environment and FlashArray

Overview Posts

Deep Dive Blog Posts:

  1. What is a VVol Datastore?
  2. Moving from an RDM to a VVol
  3. Comparing VVols to VMDKs and RDMs
  4. VVol Data Mobility: Data from Virtual to Physical
  5. Do thin VVols perform better than thin VMDKs?
  6. What is a Config VVol Anyways?
  7. VVol Bindings Explained
  8. Importing a VVol Snapshot with PowerCLI
  9. Recovering a Deleted Virtual Machine with VVols
  10. Queue Depth Limits and VVol Protocol Endpoints

Light Board Videos:

Breakout sessions:

vBrownBag Session VVols and Data Mobility

VMworld 2017 Session:


Storage Field Day 10 Presentation:

VVol Demos:


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