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SNW Fall is happening in Santa Clara, yet another event I can't attend as my wife and daughter are enjoying a fabulous trip through Europe. One of the hot topics that will be certainly getting a lot of attention is solid state storage. My colleague Vish Mulchand, Director of Product Management, joined me late Friday night to record this podcast with me as he presents a session at SNW about solid state technology.
It's a great discussion with Vish - here's an outline of what we covered:
- Why has solid state changed the IT landscape?
- Where are the different places customers can deploy solid state storage technology?
- We discussed when to use solid state technology?
- Lastly we talked about HP's offerings that include solid state - this is a short discussion.
Last year at VMworld, VMware did an NDA technology preview for partners about their vision for the future of storage - something they called vVols (virtual volumes). While VMware is allowing partners working with them to talk about it and demonstrate early functionality, I want to be clear - this is still a technology preview and neither VMware nor HP is making any commitments on delivering this. So with that disclosure, let me tell you a bit about what it is.
Intro to VMware vVol
For awhile now, HP Storage has been working with VMware as a design partner to define and develop a VM-granular storage architecture to potentially replace vSphere’s VMFS/datastore model. This new model is called VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols). Virtual Volumes introduces a 1:1 mapping of VMs (more specifically VMDKs or VM LUNs) to storage volumes—in other words, each VM will be associated with its own, unique storage volume. With vVols we could finally have the VMDK representation in vSphere match the representation on storage.
As a result, the storage system could now have the ability to operate at the same level of granularity as vSphere, which means that vSphere could better leverage, and take advantage of, the native strengths and capabilities of modern, intelligent storage arrays, like HP 3PAR.
UPDATE: I'm trying a new communication format - the ATSB eBook. My first one includes screen shots of the vVol demo that I have on video. Check it out and expect more of these in the future.
It's pretty bold of me to suggest that HP 3PAR is the best architected storage for VMware - I'm biased and it is bold. But I say this because I think if you're looking at enterprise-class block based storage for VMware, you owe it to your company, your boss, yourself and your budget to include HP 3PAR in your evaluation. But I'm not the only person who thinks this.
HP 3PAR is a natural companion to vSphere
Narayan Venkat is the former VP Storage Product Management at VMware. Prior to moving to a new company, he said, "...from the outset of our partnership, the 3PAR platform has served as a natural companion to vSphere."
Check out the full blog post where I give seven reason reasons why I think HP 3PAR is the best storage for VMware.