A distribution center for Virtual Machine data

At open vStorage we quite often get the question: “Ok, you are a Grid Storage Router but what is that exactly?” To explain what a Grid Storage Router is and why it is essential in a virtual environment, I’d like to make the analogy with Walmart, the largest retailer in the world. You can compare Open vStorage to the grid of distribution centers of Walmart. Walmart has 42 regional U.S. distribution centers with over 1 million square feet. In total these distribution centers have more than 12 miles of conveyor belts to move…Read more …

White Paper: Turning Object Storage into Virtual Machine Storage

In this White Paper "Turning Object Storage into Virtual Machine Storage" we discuss Object Storage as storage solution for Virtual Machines. Due to technical hurdles it is impossible to run Virtual Machines directly from an Object Store. The main issues are eventual consistency, performance and latency and different management paradigms. A distributed file system is also no fit for the job. To turn Object Storage into primary storage for hypervisors, the solution must be especially designed for Virtual Machines and take a radical different approach compared to existing storage technologies. Open vStorage takes…Read more …