By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
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".
- Chris sourcing an article on wikibon.org by David Floyer states that VMware is working with EMC (which owns 80 per cent of VMware), Dell, Hitachi, IBM and NetApp. Obviously missing from the list is HP.
- Chris also sourced a blog post by Scott Lowe and mentions he leaves Hitachi Data Systems out of the supplier group but includes HP.
So it's all pretty simple to explain - it was an error on David Floyer's part that has already been fixed on Wikibon.org. 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!