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We have built-in suspicions and defense mechanisms when it comes to “free” things:

  • “It’s too good to be true!”
  • “What’s the catch?”
  • “There is no free lunch!”
  • “Can’t be good if it’s free”.


Many of us have attended seminars promising free items for sitting through a presentation, only to find out that “free” meant having to deal with high-pressure tactics to purchase something we never intended to buy.  Experiences like that make us even more convinced that “free” cannot be good or provide unconditional value.


NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for VMware vSphere is free, which begs the questions such as “How come?”  and “Why would NetApp give it away for free?”   Let’s highlight two reasons why NetApp provides VSC as a free download and the associated benefits for our customers, for our partner VMware, and for NetApp, too . 


First of all, VSC allows NetApp to offer a stronger, fully integrated solution for VMware environments.  VSC improves efficiency and reduces cost and complexity with comprehensive, end-to-end virtual storage management capabilities all from within VMware vCenter.  You can use VSC to leverage all the powerful capabilities of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP and other licensed software, capabilities such as discovery, health monitoring, capacity management, provisioning, cloning, backup/restore, disaster recovery, and non-disruptive operations.  This stronger solution makes it more attractive to customers to adopt NetApp storage for VMware virtualization, which leads to better revenues for NetApp and a stronger partnership with VMware. 


Secondly, VSC provides a better customer experience in VMware virtual infrastructure environments.  One benefit is improved performance through the detection and non-disruptive correction of misaligned I/O created by virtual machines.  Furthermore, VSC ensures optimal efficiency, uptime, and performance by checking for and configuring VMware and NetApp best practices settings for your ESXi hosts.  In fact, installation of VSC resolves (and would have prevented) 60% of NetApp support calls related to VMware.  VSC is essential for deployment with best practices for VMware environments with NetApp storage.    


As you can see, even though NetApp offers VSC free of charge, there is no catch.  It’s a win-win-win proposition for you, for our partner VMware, and for NetApp.  It is an enabler for us to grow our business by delivering a stronger VMware virtualization solution and a superior customer experience.


To learn more about VSC, here are some resources:

NetApp Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere (NetApp VSC web page)

VSC:  The Essential Tool for VMware on NetApp (Tech ONTAP article on VSC)

Datacenter Dude Blog on VSC (written by Nick Howell, NetApp Virtualization Solutions Architect for VMware)


To download VSC at no charge, go to the bottom of the following page:

VSC for VMware vSphere download


It’s truly free!


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