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The future of storage with VMware

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy vmw-vexpert.jpg

I completely missed a session in the VMworld session catalog that I should have attended.  I didn't notice is because I had an HP session that I wanted to attend at the same time. 


The session I missed was VSP3205, titled "Technology Preview: VMware vStorage APIs for VM and Application Granular Data Management".  I heard about it later that day from Eric Siebert who told me a bit about it.  We in fact talked about it in our "Then and Now" VMware Community TV broadcast


Early this morning, I noticed a discussion on Twitter talking about VMware and storage vendors and that quickly led me to an article written by Chris Mellor at The Reg.  The article is titled "VMware to work with just five storage companies".  Take a look at the article but I wanted to focus on what Chris said under his sub-titled section "VMware partners". 

So it's all pretty simple to explain - it was an error on David Floyer's part that has already been fixed on  Period.


Ok, maybe not period 

We have more than a few times heard about field guys for VMware's mothership telling their customers that HP isn't working with VMware.  Heck, if you remember back before VAAI was first announced, my industry colleague Chad Sakac even made similar claims on the InfoSmack podcast that I did my own podcast to respond to.  So to stop any potential FUD in its tracks, let me just say HP has been working with VMware on this for some time - more than a few months - but don't want to say more than I should so I'll leave it there.


I think the work VMware is doing with HP Storage and the other storage partners has the potential to make HUGE changes to storage in a VMware environments - and I wanted to make sure you know that HP is absolutely in the middle of it with our partner VMware. 


Have a great weekend!



Matt Heldstab | ‎09-09-2011 09:47 PM

Thanks for the note, Calvin.  I was going to ping you when I read about this earlier, today.  We happy HP customers appreciate all you do.

Derek | ‎09-10-2011 02:53 AM

That is great news and I'm glad its been clarified. I hope that if VMware and the industry does bring to market some of the concepts discussed in the session that existing arrays like the P4000, 3PAR T and P10000 series can be retrofitted to support the features.

Phil Robins | ‎09-12-2011 11:32 AM

Hi Chris,

Having worked for HP for the last 6 years or so and have now recently jumped ship to work on my own Future Storage website (which has been running for 4 years) specialising in SSD (please excuse the plug ;o) ) - do you see Solid State Disks replacing the spinning disk technology soon? especially with manufacturers now coming out with SAS SSD versions.


SSD prices are falling too, though still relatively expensive, with MLC technology now reaching 1TB, and the write cycle managment improving - do you see this technology moving into the enterprise solution environment?




| ‎09-12-2011 07:39 PM

Matt - thanks!  Always appreciate hearing from customers.


Thanks to you too Derek.  There's a skeptical side of me that always wonders if EMC is behind decisions that get made at VMware.  I think the fact is that EMC is falling further behind with array functionality and how better to level the playing field than to negate innovation that exists in products like our P4000 LeftHand and 3PAR families.  I don't know enough to make any judgements if that's what is happening here but I'm also sure that our HP team working with VMware is on top of it.  It's all confidential stuff at this point and I'm not in the "cone of silence". 


Hey Phil (BTW, my name is Calvin, not Chris) - I'm not in a great position to pull out a crystal ball and predict a timetable for mass adoption of SSD.  I know we had a competitor that was out making wild claims about SSD adoption a couple of years ago and they were just a little bit wrong. Last time I paid attention, SSD pricing was still 20X that of HDD's.  Unless that that changes significantly, I don't see SSDs replacing HDDs in the near term regardless of the interface.  We coverered solid state technology many times on this blog - you can see those discussions here.  The big advantage that HP has over almost everyone (especially storage only vendors) is that we can take a systems view.  In the near term, there are lots of applications that would benefit from SSD in the server (closer to the app).  Storage-only vendors are stuck having SSD in single place - in the storage system. 


So bottom line, I have no timetable and it's one of these things that will happen as the technology/pricing dictate - not based on what a few vendors try to "make happen". Thanks!

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