Virtual SAN and Flash Read Cache

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Program Overview for:

·       VMware Virtual SAN

·       vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC)

The above programs are open to qualified TAP Elite partners interested in certifying components or solutions for use with vFRC or Virtual SAN. Typically, partners begin by certifying their hardware components and then move to certifying a VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node configuration for use in a clustered Virtual SAN environment. 

VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere Flash Read Cache share the same SSD drive qualification process outlined below.  VMware Virtual SAN, has additional certification requirements for disk I/O and HDD devices.

The Virtual SAN and vFRC certification program provides tools and development resources designed to enable TAP partners to get their hardware devices tested against vSphere and obtain official certification and support.

Upon successful completion of certification, the products will be listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide. Partners may also file for a VMware Ready™ logo, which can be used in their marketing and sales efforts for the certified products.

As a member of this program, you'll be provided with up to date product communications on the above program release dates, certification policies, and product features.

Click here to go to the VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere Flash Read Cache certification details page.

Key Benefits

Development Resources

Program access includes the tools and resources needed during the development and release phases.

§  Certification

The program includes access to the program's Certification Kit, which allows partners to test the reliability and stability of their code. VMware verifies that the test results support the partner during the certification process.

§  VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) posting

Upon successful certification, the partner works with Ecosystem Engineering to update the VMware Compatibility Guide entry on vmware.com. Once the partner's products are certified under the terms of the program, the partner may use the VMware Ready™ logo in product collateral.

§  Program communication

Ongoing program communications pertaining to updated development kit and milestones.

§  Access to Maintenance Releases

Membership in this program is ongoing, and partners are entitled to vSphere and vCenter update releases as well as development and certification kit refreshes for the duration of their participation in the program. Additionally, the program allows for access to early versions of vSphere for the purpose of developing and testing.

Program Requirements

This program is governed by the following requirements:

§  TAP Elite or Global status

§  VMware program agreement signature

§  Adherence to product support requirements as documented in the program guide

§  General support on VMware vSphere features is purchased separately

Product Versions Supported

This program supports the following product versions:

vSphere

5.5 Update 1

Target Audience

§  Server partners

Partner Roles and Responsibilities

Partners who participate in the program provide the following team members: 

A partner program manager that acts as the primary point of contact on behalf of their team, and who acts as the lead for planning and issue prioritization with VMware. 

A partner engineering manager and/or technical lead that is the primary point of contact for the partner's engineering team, reviews all VMware support requests submitted by the partner's engineering team, provides an interface to the partner's QE organization, and attends all status calls and live debugging sessions with VMware. 

A partner technical support contact that manages the support relationship with VMware, owns and serves as a single point of contact for all support-related activities, including escalations and management of the TSANet membership, and ensures overall support readiness and training of the partner's support organization.

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