VMware's vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) is one of the most-important storage technology advances of the decade, allowing the VMware ESX to integrate and coordinate operations with supported enterprise storage arrays. After an explosion of initial support, however, VAAI implementation slowed. IBM was notably absent from the party, listing only partial support for a … [Read more...] about IBM Adds VAAI Support to XIV and SVC
So there it is. Intel's Light Peak was launched as Thunderbolt in the new Apple MacBook Pro line. What else happened? My writing Processing and Scheduling Thin Provisioning is another entry in my State of the Art Thin Provisioning series I posted another napkin-tastic infographic: Real-World Port Throughput Relative To Light Peak Wednesday saw the Thunderbolt … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, February 25, 2011
The most exciting enhancements in VMware vSphere 4.1 is the addition of vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI). This new API allows VMware ESX to offload storage processing functions to capable storage arrays, reducing the workload on the server hardware in introducing new and exciting possibilities for performance and efficiency. VAAI in ESX 4.1 includes three separate … [Read more...] about VMware VAAI Storage Array Support in Plain English
A while back, I started a series called "back from the pile" featuring interesting links from the week. Bonus points if you recognize that title reference, but just in case, you might want to watch Old George for yourself! (Warning: NSFW if language is an issue...) This week's highlights included lots about NFSv4 and IBM's new Storwize V7000. Some great networking … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, October 17, 2010
The storage industry got a lot more competitive this morning, as Dell announced plans to buy 3Par. This is the latest round in a well-established race for the enterprise storage dollar, challenging superpower (and Dell partner) EMC in the high-end SAN space. What does this acquisition say about the industry as a whole? Where are we headed? I've long wished for a new … [Read more...] about Dell + EqualLogic, Exanet, Ocarina, 3Par = What?