Which storage array vendors support VMware VAAI today

Posted by on November 11, 2010 in vCenter Server, VMware, vSphere | 2 comments

I’ve been waiting for someone to put something like this together for awhile now. If you wanted to know which Storage vendors are supporting VMware VAAI today or when they will be this list should help out. For myself it was clear that EMC and Equalogic had plugins out but only heard that others were coming soon. I would like to give big thanks to Tomi Hakala for pulling this list together. Watch his blog v-reality.info for updates.

I have to say that I’m a bit skeptical of the HP release dates for VAAI support. I have inquired about this internally with Product Managers and all I could get was sometime in calendar year 2011. That makes me think that it wont be Q1. I guess time will tell.

Update 12/22/2010 – I have been hearing the VAAI support for HP EVA and XP series will be in second half of 2011. Looks like they are saying that next major release of vSphere will be supporting a SCSI T10 standards based support for VAAI functions and they are waiting on this to release support. They will develop based on the standards support vs proprietary support.

Array When Good Firmware
3PAR Now 2.3.1 MU2
Compellent Q4/2010
EMC CLARiiON CX4 Now 30.5
EMC Symmetrix V-Max Q4/2010
EqualLogic Now 5.0.2
HDS AMS 2000 Now 0893/E
HDS USP & VSP Q3 or Q4/2011
HP Lefthand P4000 Q4/2010
HP StorageWorks EVA Unknown
HP StorageWorks P9000 Q1/2011
HP StorageWorks XP Q3 or Q4/2011
IBM SVC Code 6.2
IBM XIV Code 10.2.4a
NetApp Q4/2010 8.0.1

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Hi.

    Please update your list.For SVC and Storwize V7000 you need to be on 6.2 code (available now)For XIV you need to be on 10.2.4a code.

  2. I just heard they should have it for
    HP StorageWorks EVA
    currently they say Q3/Q4 of 2011 but realistically I think it’ll be Q1/2012


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