The time has come to take sides on the core question of storage for virtual servers: Do you want storage intelligence to live in the hypervisor or the array? Most administrators are already lining up on one side or the other, unintentionally casting their vote while the rest flounder. But the storage industry must wake up and embrace the divide. Hypervisor Huggers … [Read more...] about Are You a Hypervisor Hugger or a Storage Stalwart?
The list of VMware storage integration features in vSphere is growing at a rapid pace. From backup to enterprise array offload, VMware is staking their claim. But information about one new storage feature in vSphere 5 has been scarce: The true nature of the Storage API for Storage Awareness (VASA) is only just beginning to be revealed. VASA: Born of Necessity vSphere has some … [Read more...] about What is VMware VASA? Not Much (Yet)
Later this week, I'll be presenting a session at Storage Expo NL which I imagine will be quite controversial: "VMware as Oedipus: How Server Virtualization will Change Storage Forever". That's right, I'm suggesting that VMware is the biggest threat to traditional enterprise storage, and that the company might just bump off its own parent (EMC) in the process. What the heck am I … [Read more...] about VMware as Oedipus: How Server Virtualization will Change Storage Forever
VMware officially launched their next-generation (version 4) enterprise family of products today under the "vSphere 4" name. As I've been doing for the last few major ESX releases, I'm focusing this post on the storage changes present in vSphere 4. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 Storage … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in the VMware vSphere 4 Family