Open vStorage 2.2 alpha 1

Today we released a first version of our upcoming 2.2 release. We will from now one do more frequent releases which will cover the latest changes but keep in mind that these release have not gone through our full QA cycle. Having these 'alpha' versions released will allow you, the Open vStorage community, to have earlier access to new features and bugfixes but on the other hand these releases are less stable than our 'beta'-releases. Documentation for these releases will also not always be available. In case you need help, the Open vStorage…Read more …

vMotion, Storage Router Teamwork

Important note: this blog posts talks about vMotion, a VMware feature. KVM fans should not be disappointed as Live Migration, the KVM version of vMotion is also supported by Open vStorage. We use the term vMotion as it is the most used term for this feature by the general IT public. In a previous blogpost we explained why Open vStorage is different. One thing we do differently is not implementing a distributed file system. This sparked the interest of a lot of people but also raised questions for more clarification. Especially more information…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 …

There’s more than one way to change a tyre

During talks with people who are interested in the Open vStorage concept, we quite often get the following question: How are you different compared to <insert name of software-defined storage product of the moment> Well the answer is something which has been the adagio within CloudFounders from day one: Keep IT Simple, Stupid. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. This is equally through in the storage industry. For decades we are chasing the utopian dream of Virtual Machines that are always…Read more …

Open vStorage 1.1

The Open vStorage team is on fire. We released a new version of the Open vStorage software (select Test as QualityLevel). The new big features for this release are: Logging and log collecting: we have added logging to Open vStorage. The logs are also centrally gathered and stored in a distributed Search Engine (Elasticsearch). The logs can be viewed, browsed, searched and analyzed through Kibina, a very nice designed GUI. HA Support: Open vStorage does with this release not only support vMotion but also the HA functionality of VMware. This means that in…Read more …

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 …