If you saw me run this demo live at Red Hat Summit this week, I sincerely appreciate you coming to my session. For those that were unable to make it to Red Hat Summit, you did in fact miss a great event.
The Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for RHEV is something that I’ve been pushing for some time now and we’ve (NetApp) made significant progress. It’s the kind of integration that really does make things easier for Virtualization Admins and even takes a little load off of a Storage Admin. So what exactly is it?
VSC for RHEV is a UI plug-in that takes advantage of the UI plug-in framework available with RHEV 3.2; it’s been in development for some time now, with the bulk of the work handled upstream in oVirt. Vojtech Szocs of Red Hat has been the lead developer on the framework, and Chris Morrissey of NetApp has been the lead developer for the VSC.
The primary features of VSC v1.0 include the ability to discover & provision NetApp NFS storage right from RHEV-M, as well as the ability resize and destroy that storage. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE feature of the VSC UI plug-in is the Rapid Cloning Utility, which allows the Virtualization Administrator to clone NFS-based VM’s (RHEL & Windows) using NetApp FlexClone, also right from RHEV-M. NOTE: This means that the NetApp controller has to be licensed for FlexClone, but the plug-in itself is still free.
The plug-in itself is currently in limited beta, with a public beta targeted for late Summer. If you’d like to be involved in the public beta, keep an eye on https://communities.netapp.com/groups/vsc4rhev. The roadmap includes adding support for SAN as well as hardcoding integration in VDSM (RHEV storage subsystem).
Here’s the demo of v0.7 (or there abouts) that I gave a Red Hat Summit this week:
If you’ve ever cloned a thick VM, you know it takes 14-15 minutes for the hypervisor to do it for a 20GB VM… Using the Rapid Cloning Utility took 3mins 18secs for 20 of those thick 20GB VMs. Can’t wait to tell you folks when version 1.0 goes “G.A.”
A HUGE thanks and “shout out” to Chris Morrissey, Dustin Schoenbrun, Ricky Hopper, Chris Suich, Rashid Nadif, and Praveena Paliswamy of NetApp as well as Vojtech Szocs and James Rankin of Red Hat.