The following guide explores the best practices and configurations for using Infinidat InfiniBox with VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols).  

Target audience

This document is intended for storage, system, and VMware administrators who plan to deploy and manage InfiniBox with VMware Virtual Volumes configuration.

The authors of this document assume that the reader is familiar with the following:

  • InfiniBox storage resources
  • VMware Virtual Volumes

For more information and assistance with Infinidat InfiniBox, please send an email to Infinidat support

Before you begin

Prior to setting up InfiniBox with VMware Virtual Volumes, it is advised to read this document carefully.


InfiniBox release 6.0 or above

VMware vSphere:

  • vCenter version 6.7, 7.0, or above
  • vSphere version 6.7, 7.0, or above
  • vSphere host should be connected to InfiniBox via FC (Fibre Channel) or iSCSI


VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) is a framework that provides tight integration between the virtual machines (VMs) and the underlying external storage arrays, allowing the latter to expose their full data services capabilities. As a result, VMware administrators can consume these capabilities in scale and with ease.  vVols simplify storage consumption and management through policy-driven automation, enabling agile storage management for virtual machines and dynamic adjustments in real time.  vVols provide VM administrators finer control over storage resources, and native array-based data service instances at the scope of virtual machine. 

vVols allow VM administrators to create, manage, and provision VMs and their virtual disks. They allow users the opportunity to use storage array capabilities for individual virtual machines instead of a whole datastore. vVols contain entire virtual disks, and they natively store everything on the storage system. This allows users to use vSphere's virtual storage features without sacrificing the ability to use array-based features.

The InfiniBox implementation for vVols uses a VASA provider embedded in InfiniBox systems to provide awareness of virtual disk granularity at the level of the storage array.

InfiniBox supports vVols using SAN access via Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI.

  • vSphere hosts access vVols using the vSphere standard block access stack, including support for multi-pathing.
  • Access to all vVols is done through a special LUN called Protocol Endpoint.

Setting Up vVols datastores

Setting up vVols using Host PowerTools for VMware

Once you have registered your InfiniBox with Host PowerTools for VMware, select the vSphere cluster and then go to the Infinidat page.

Click CREATE to create a new datastore.

The Create Datastore window opens.

  • Change the  TYPE  to Storage  Container.
  • Enter the  POOL NAME  for the vVols pool which will serve as a Storage Container.
  • Enter the  SIZE of the pool to specify its physical capacity.

Click  CONTINUE. The Create Datastore Steps window opens.

Click  START to begin the process of creating the vVol. HPT-VM will:

  • Register the InfiniBox VASA provider with the vCenter server.
  • Allow the vSphere hosts access to the InfiniBox Protocol Endpoint.
  • Create the vVol pool and mount it as a new datastore.

Creating Additional vVols datastores using Host PowerTools for VMware

Repeat the above procedure in Host PowerTools for VMware to create new vVols datastores as needed.

  • Host PowerTools for VMware automatically skips steps that were already implemented.

Setting up vVols without Host PowerTools for VMware

You can configure vVols without using Host PowerTools for VMware, although it is more involved.

For more information, refer to Configure VMware Virtual Volumes without HPT-VM.

Monitoring vVols I/O load 

Monitoring I/O Using InfiniBox GUI

The InfiniBox GUI can be used to monitor the I/O for the vVols.

From the left side of the InfiniBox GUI, select the  Performance  tab.

Click  Add Top Table.

Select  SAN > vVols VMs.

The  Top SAN vVols VMs  table is added to the Performance tab.

Monitoring long term I/O 

Use InfiniMetrics, InfinVerse, or the Infinidat management pack for VMware vRealize Operations to monitor the performance of your vVols datastores over time.

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Last edited: 2022-08-06 08:10:23 UTC