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Virtual Volumes at scale support with Horizon View workflows (2109267)

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This article provides answers to frequently asked questions about the support status of Virtual Volumes when used with VMware Horizon.


1. Is Virtual Volumes supported on VMware Horizon? If so, which release supports it?


Yes, Virtual Volumes is supported on Horizon 6 version 6.1 and later provided that the storage technology provider has successfully completed VMware validation testing. 


Virtual Volumes (VVols) is a new storage feature in vSphere 6.0 that virtualizes SAN and NAS devices into logical pools of capacity making it possible to execute storage operations with VM granularity. It also enables many storage operations such as copy and clone operations to be efficiently offloaded to the storage platform.


2. What storage network protocols are supported with Virtual Volumes attached storage with VMware Horizon?
NFS v3, Fibre Channel (FC), iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) attached storage is supported with Virtual Volumes provided the storage array vendor has successfully completed Horizon VVols validation testing and is listed in this KB article with the supported protocol.
3. What is the benefit of using Virtual Volumes with Horizon?


Using a VVols-based datastore on shared storage enables customers to simplify Horizon storage management and provides the ability to offload the creation of linked clones to block or NFS-based storage.


4. Which partner storage technologies support Virtual Volumes?


See the Virtual Volumes (VVols) - Horizon VMware Compatibility Guide at
Note: This listing does not qualify for any VMware Ready Logo.

Additional Information

Verification Details


The supported storage systems above have run a series of tests specified by VMware by using a combination of VMware Horizon View 6.1 and later, vSphere 6.0 or later, and the storage partner’s VASA Provider (VP). The tests are intended to verify the interoperability of Virtual Volumes, vSphere, and the VASA Provider. The tests cover the typical Horizon View desktop administration operations such as provisioning, refresh, recompose, and rebalance for up to 2000 Horizon desktops.


Validating Your Arrays for Virtual Volumes


If you are a partner who is interested in validating storage for use with Virtual Volumes, contact your TAP Alliance representative for more information.

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