Open vStorage and OpenStack – the Storage Switzerland take

Open vStorage is HyperFast storage for OpenStack Virtual Machines. SSDs and PCIe Flash cards inside the hosts are used as Tier 1 storage while OpenStack Swift, Ceph, or any S3 compatible object storage solution is used as Tier 2 storage. George Crump and Charlie Hodges from Storage Switzerland and our own Wim Provoost discussed the OpenStack Open vStorage relation during a 12 minute podcast. Some of the questions that are raised and answered in this podcast: What is Open vStorage? Which problems is Open vStorage trying to solve? Why does Open vStorage focusses…Read more …

What is the big deal with Virtual Volumes, VMware?

June 30 2014, mark the date, people. This is the day when VMware announced their public beta of Virtual Volumes. Virtual Volumes, or VVOL as VMware likes to call them, put a Virtual Machine and its disks, rather than a LUN, into the storage management spotlight. Through a specific API, vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA), your storage array becomes aware of Virtual Machines and their Virtual Disks. VASA allows to offload certain Virtual Machine operations such as snapshotting and cloning to the (physical) storage array. Now, what is the big deal with…Read more …