EMC recently announced VSI 5.2 for vSphere. From comments I’ve heard, this seem to be a underutilized FREE utility from EMC that can help simplify managing storage environments that support vSphere. The software is now on revision 9 for those of you who like “others” to “work out the bugs”.
For VNXe customers, EMC VSI 5.2 now utilizes the EMC VNXe Advanced Storage Access feature to support cloning and compression of NFS datastores.
For VDI customers EMC VSI 5.2 integrates with VMware View and Citrix Xendesktop providing simplified storage management for those complex environments.
More features, enhancements and fixes are outlined in Power Link. From the home page navigate to the following:
Home > Support > Technical Documentation and Advisories > Software ~ T-Z ~ Documentation > Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) > Virtual Storage Integrator for vSphere >
This tool is definitely worth trying out and keeping up with as it continues to add features.