I’d like to address the statement about HDS being left out of the next-generation API supplier group. HDS is an Elite level partner in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program and as such, we work very closely with VMware on future technology development. In fact, HDS was the first company to fully certify virtualized storage with VMware VAAI earlier this year.
HDS did not participate in the demos shown during the session VSP3205, titled “Tech Preview: vStorage APIs for VM and Application Granular Data Management” during VMworld because HDS does not publicly demonstrate technology based upon pre-GA code of ours or our partners. The demos shown during this session were prototypes based upon VMware code that will not be released for at least a year or possibly until the next version of VMware vSphere 6. VMware made a caveat that the vendors who participated in the demonstration have not even committed to supporting the APIs.
Our decision not to participate in the demo during the session doesn’t mean we won’t support future VMware APIs; in fact, the opposite is true. Hitachi Data Systems and VMware are engaged at all levels of interoperability testing and certifications, support and engineering to assure timely and broad qualification and certifications for our mutual customers. HDS will continue to release VMware integrated solutions based upon mature VMware technology in line with VMware general availability releases of technology.
Disclosure: VP of Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems