Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) Support for VPLEX

Here is a FREE plugin for VPLEX that you should be using if you aren’t already.

What is Virtual Storage Integrator aka VSI?

VSI is a standard EMC plugin for VMware vCenter. Using VSI, you can drill down into specifics for EMC platforms. VPLEX was supported with the Virtual Storage Integrator pretty much from the get go for the storage visibility use-case. In other words, for VPLEX, VSI would allow you to drill down from vCenter to your vmdk to the associated VPLEX storage and then tell you which particular backend storage it was.

So what’s new

With the release of VSI 5.6, the above functionality for VSI was enhanced to now allow provisioning VPLEX virtual volumes directly from within vCenter. You can now go into vCenter and select the VPLEX cluster that you want to provision and then create virtual volumes (local or distributed), choose what consistency groups and storage views you want to expose them out of and off you go – ALL directly from within vCenter. Pretty awesome stuff!!

Check out this video by Drew Tonnesen (@drewtonnesen) which captures the steps you need to perform these operations:

Many thanks to the VSI team for driving these sets of changes. Drew’s original guest post is available here: http://codyhosterman.com/2013/09/23/virtual-storage-integrator-5-6-vplex-provisioning/

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