The storage market is noisy. On the surface, storage providers tout all flash, more models and real-time analytics. But under the covers lies a dirty little secret—their operating systems (the foundation of storage) are all the same… built on LUNs and volumes.
But now a new category of storage has emerged—with operating systems built on virtual machines, and specifically attuned to virtualization cloud. It’s called VM-aware storage (VAS), and if you’ve got a large virtual footprint, it’s something you need to explore further. Fortunately this guide offers you (the Visionary) a closer look at VAS and the chance to see storage differently.
When you’re in a buying cycle, calculating the cost of different storage options can be overwhelming—its not as simple as comparing cost-per-gigabyte.
Over the past decade, capital expenses have grown 3x, but operating expenses have grown 8x. That’s a remarkable pace, and so it’s critical to understand the drivers. Read up on the six TCO factors you need to consider and suggestions for how to think through—and even measure—each one.
While many storage products wear the VM-aware label, it doesn’t take much to assess its authenticity. If the product’s architecture is still built on a foundation of LUNs and volumes, it can never be fully VM-aware.
Truly VM-aware storage is built specifically for virtualized applications. It provides you visibility across your infrastructure, control over performance and complete analytics at the VM level. If your data center is experiencing pain—poor performance, complex management and cost over-runs—you can’t solve it with all-flash or hyperconverged alone. Only VAS can help you see storage differently.
You’ve heard the buzz about VM-aware storage. Your peers who
are using it are over-the-moon happy. It’s time you discovered what’s going on
Seriously. What if you could adjust quality of service for
your virtualized applications? Or see across your entire infrastructure—host,
network and storage—to troubleshoot in seconds?
Imagine a world without LUNs and volumes. It’s not a John
Lennon line; it’s all in this book.