In the past days, VMware has officially announced the launch of two beta programs:

Although those beta programs not public, but private, for the first time, and unlike previous beta cycles for vSphere, the vSphere beta and VVols beta are open for everyone to sign up. This approach allows participants to help define the direction of the world’s most widely adopted, trusted, and robust virtualization platform.

A similar approach was also used for the VSAN beta period, and was a success due to the great feedback and participation at the beta.

Some storage vendors have already a beta of their product ready for the VVols features, but (as written on Twitter) could be really nice if they can provide a VSA (only for testing purpose) in order to test this new capability (that can change dramatically the storage design, at least for the LUN/Volume and datastore aspects).

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2489 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.