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....



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...

Post a Comment
  • Leave this field empty
Please Enter Correct Verification Number

*All views and opinions expressed in ESG blog posts are intended to be those of the post's author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., or its clients. ESG bloggers do not and will not engage in any form of paid-for blogging. Click to see our complete Disclosure Policy.



Mark Peters is an ESG Practice Director and 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.”

Full Biography