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Jan 17 2011   8:29PM GMT

Another hint about new VMware vStorage APIs

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

A little more than a month ago, I wrote a story about some new vStorage APIs that are coming from VMware Inc. and its storage partners, code which could improve visibility into the physical storage infrastructure through vCenter and CapacityIQ, according to industry sources.

Today, a little bird sent me a link to a freshly posted job req from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)’s 3PAR storage division that mentions an acronym identical to the one sources gave me for that story, though what the letters “VASA” actually stand for in this description is slightly different from what I had reported earlier…

3PAR-HP StorageWorks Division, the leader in enterprise level cloud SAN/storage, is seeking a Staff Certification Test Engineer to cover new certification requirements of VMware VASA. In this position you will be responsible for planning and executing 3rd party partner certification testing of the 3PAR InServ storage array with VMware vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) [boldface emphasis mine] and other partner ecosystem products. The products to certify will include VMware vSphere, Symantec Storage Foundation, Microsoft Windows, and Citrix XenServer.

You will be required to perform certification testing using partner supplied test suites and following partner guidelines. You will be required to investigate and troubleshoot issues found during testing, and prepare status to other 3PAR test engineers and management.

Previously, sources had said VASA stood for “VMware Aware Storage APIs.”

But that’s a relatively minor semantic quibble — otherwise, signs keep pointing to new integration between vSphere and storage arrays sometime this year. Judging by the timing of HP / 3PAR’s call for additional staff, the APIs may have already been made avilable to partners, but sources don’t expect new product features to appear publicly until later in the year.

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