Chris Wahl of the Wahl Network comments: Block storage has a long history of being a bit fussy when it comes to performance and scalability, especially when used by multiple servers as with VMware’s VMFS. To help mitigate some of the headaches of using shared block storage arrays, VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration) was […]
Robert Novak from rsts11 comments: [I have a lot of stuff in my head to tell you all about, but I also have a thousand square feet of inventory and storage to move an average of two miles this weekend… so keep an eye out for more lengthy posts coming later in the month. I’m […]
I talk to dozens of companies every week, and every one says the same thing: â€œOur product is compatible with VMware!â€ But not everyone’s definition of â€œcompatibleâ€ is the same, and some are not compatible with the requirements of production data centers. Therefore, I present to you my spectrum of compatibility for VMware.
The new Nimbus Data E-Class comes just at the right moment, with 500 TB of capacity, a fully redundant â€œdual activeâ€ controller architecture, massive performance (even InfiniBand), and complete feature set (once VAAI is released).
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.
I spent some days in Cork, Ireland this week presenting to a customer. Besides the fact that Iâ€™m now almost two months in to my new job, and Iâ€™m loving every part of it, there is one part that is extremely cool about my job.
One of the most interesting areas covered at VMworld 2010 was the new storage features in vSphere 4.1. There are two main features I want to cover in depth as I feel they are important indicators of the direction that storage for VMware is heading: Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI).
Youâ€™ve probably heard VMware virtualization and storage talk about VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration. If youâ€™ve listened to episode 4 of VIRTUMANIA or watched the recent video from the vExpert Panel session at the Carolina VMUG Summit then youâ€™ve heard me talk about it with some of those most in the know on the topic. But what is VAAI exactly and how will it impact virtualization in the future?