VMware Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing VMware and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    vSphere hot add

    VMware vSphere hot add is a feature that allows an administrator to increase the random access memory (RAM) capacity of a running virtual machine (VM) without downtime.

  • vSphere hot plug

    vSphere hot plug is a function lets administrators add additional virtual hardware to running virtual machines (VMs).

  • vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA)

    vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) is an unsupported OVF virtual appliance that offers central management of OpenStack services running on top of vSphere.

  • vSphere Replication

    VSphere Replication is a feature of vSphere 5.0  and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 that automates the failover of virtual servers to a recovery site.

  • vStorage API

    A vStorage API is an application program interface (API) from VMware that enables third-party storage and backup vendors to integrate their products with VMware’s vSphere server virtualization platform.

  • vStorage API for Multipathing (VAMP)

    vStorage API for Multipathing (VAMP) is a set of application program interfaces (APIs) from VMware that help to control I/O path selection in a host to storage devices. 

  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

    vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) is an application program interface (API) framework from VMware that enables certain storage tasks, such as thin provisioning, to be offloaded from the VMware server virtualization hardware to the storage array.

  • vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

    vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) is a set of application program interfaces (APIs), released with VMware’s vSphere 5, that enables vSphere vCenter to recognize the capabilities of storage arrays that support the API.

  • vTax

    VTax is the derogatory nickname the general public gave to a licensing change for VMware vSphere 5.0.

  • VVOLS (Virtual Volumes)

    VVOLs is a provisioning feature for vSphere 6 that changes how virtual machines (VMs) are stored and managed.

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