I/O Vendor Partner Package

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Package Overview

The I/O Vendor Partner package (IOVP) offers members a comprehensive set of tools and resources needed to develop, certify and release I/O device drivers.

Package Benefits

Development Resources

Package access includes the tools and resources needed for development and release of I/O device drivers.
  • VMware's Advanced Developer Portal
The Developer Portal is a web-based collaboration tool used by the VMware Ecosystem Services team and provides access to all program entitlements and materials.
  • Optional fee-based Development Consulting Service
This optional service provides Partners with access to Development Consulting to assist them through the entire development process. Partners can submit requests for development assistance via a private development project on the Developer Portal.
  • Access to the ESX Device Driver Kit
IOVP partners have access to the ESX Device Driver Kit (DDK) including a build environment, sample drivers,  debugging toolset and documentation.
  • Access to the Device/Driver Certification Kit
This package includes access to the IOVP Certification Kit, which allows partners to self-certify their device driver and submit it to VMware for digital signature. Upon approval, VMware will list the driver and devices certified with the driver in the VMware Compatibility Guide, and host the driver on vmware.com for download.


Faster time to market

Device drivers can be released asynchronously, and so can be submitted for certification at any time. IOVP is becoming the preferred vehicle for new hardware enablement for strategic OEM server vendors seeking to avoid long release cycles, and provides an effective way to update outdated in-box drivers.

Product Versions Supported

This package supports the following product versions:


4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0

Target Audience

The I/O Vendor Partner package (IOVP) is targeted at qualified partners interested in building and certifying devices and drivers for ESXi, and is primarily targeted at IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendors).

VMware Ready Category

Hardware Products

Documentation and Reference