Last week saw a rather interesting release: a VDDK – Virtual Disk Development Kit by VMware, which seems to be a complete toolset for working with VMware VMDK disk images and coding your own applications which interface with them.
Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK image specification) is used by many vendors, and so such an SDK from VMware is a great way to reinforce VMDK position on the market.
What is VMware VDDK?
Virtual Disk Development Kit is essentially the following three things:
- VMDK disks mount utility (mounting Windows or Linux partitions directly from VMDK images)
- VMDK disks management utility (growing VMDK images and changing their type, even shrinking VMDK images under certain conditions)
- VMDK Virtual Disk API – a programmatic interface to access VMDK images from your applications