Storage Hypervisors - Video Blog (2 of 3) with DataCore, HDS, IBM, & Virsto

This is the second in a short series of three video-blogs captured with four of the key vendors in the data storage space.

Author(s): Mark Peters

Published: November 30, 2012

In a recent blog, I 'trailed' a series of three short videos that I would be posting. You can click back here to the other blog for a full explanation of the genesis of these pieces.....but the quick version is that I was fortunate to run a panel recently with four of the leading vendors in this space. While we'd expected lots of discussion about their different approaches to the storage hypervisor opportunity, the panelists and I soon realized that basic education about the concept and possibilities was a more pressing need than vendor-specific pitching.

And so came the video blog idea. As you'll see, the vendors represented constitiute a good range - from large to small, start-up to giant - and also have different 'takes' on the actual implementation of storage hypervisors. But that's for another day, and another video. Here's a link to the first video blog. For this second montage, the topic up for discussion is to explain what a storage hypervisor is and does....

 

Comments

ScottL December 4, 2012, 1:45 PM

Great post!

These products aren't cheap. Implementations are incredibly complex at best. The rewards in my opinion don't outweigh the benefits. Having worked in a Datacore, Netapp, HP and EMC shop, I think the whole industry and top SAN mfg are moving this way eventually. I don't understand the point of putting a Datacore in front of a Netapp or EMC unless I am only using dumb blocks, in which case, why use EMC or Netapp? They don't allow the use of Netapp's 'Snap Manager for $X' while enabling thing provisioning of storage, which in my opinion is terrifying. If you have a DBA who sees they have more space than you DO you're doomed. It's one more thing to manage and communicate :(

Mark Peters December 5, 2012, 5:25 PM

Thanks for the comment. While I agree that there's no such thing as perfection in any storage approach, I also agree with you that there's a strong move - based on logic - to more of an abstracted management layer for storage. Perhaps just as important is that I suspect we both concur that the most important thing of all in storage is to be thinking aboit what you want and need: it sounds obvious I know, but...

ScottL December 7, 2012, 11:06 AM

The key component which VMWare has the ability to leverage because of market share would be a standardized API for storage management. If and when this happens, the hypervisor, be it paravirtualization or storage, will then truly be commoditized. I will host my own ticker-tape parade!

Mark Peters December 13, 2012, 8:11 PM

Thanks again. Just to add to your point, this whole area is very interesting since VMware (and others - think Microsoft for instance in WIndows Server 2012) are already talking about actually offering the storage capabilities themselves...

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Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block and unified storage systems, virtualized storage, all types of solid-state storage, and the emerging opportunities represented by “software-defined storage.”

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