2015, the Open vStorage predictions

The end of 2014 is near so it is time to look forward and see what 2015 will have to offer. Some people say there's no point in making predictions and that it's not worth speculating because nothing is set in stone and things change all the time in storage land. Allow us to prove these people wrong by sharing our 2015 storage predictions*: Acceleration of (hyper-)converged platforms Converged platforms are here to stay. Converged solutions are even the fastest growing segment for large storage vendors. But it will be players like Open…Read more …

Open vStorage Q1 US Roadshow

OpenStack started to gain momentum in 2014 but will really kick off in 2015. Gartner has put software-defined storage in its top 10 technology trends for 2015. The amounts of data will continue to grow as the Internet of Things is unfolding before our eyes. As Open vStorage is in the middle of OpenStack and storage,  2015 will be the year of Open vStorage. To kick off the year in style we are doing a US Roadshow in cooperation with local OpenStack User Groups. We had to make some heartrending decisions and  disappoint some groups…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 …

The Open vStorage future looks bright

Jason Ader, analyst at the William Blair & Company, released a new research document: The State of Storage - a 2014 Update. In this detailed report, which is a must-read for everyone in the storage industry, he discusses the biggest short and long term headwinds for traditional storage vendors. Some of these headwinds are caused by newcomers in the storage industry. He estimates that these newcomers will grow with a rate of around 40%, which will cause the combined impact to reach almost 10% of industry sales in 2014. These headwinds can not…Read more …

Open vWhat?

To explain what Open vStorage is and show a quick tour of our GUI, we have created a 5 minute video.Read more …

Why both converged storage and external storage make sense

Today the peace in storageland has been disturbed by a post of Storage Swiss, The Problems With Server-Side Storage, Like VSAN. In this post they highlight the problems with VSAN. At the same time Coho Data, developer of flash-tuned scale-out storage appliances, released a post about why converged storage, such as VSAN, only seems to be usefull in a niche area. You can read the full post here. VMware had to respond these "attacks" and released a post countering the problems raised by Storage Swiss. As with every black-and-white story both sides have…Read more …

Standing at the software defined crossroads…

It seems that the term "software defined..." is rapidly becoming the hottest topic across the IT landscape. Across networking, storage, security and compute - the idea of using commodity hardware mixed with open standards to break the monopoly of hardware suppliers will radically change the face of information technology over the next decade. Software defined fundamentally changes the economics of computing and is potentially both a blessing and a curse to the vested interests within the IT industry. If we start with three clear evolutional trends that have progressed for the last three…Read more …