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VMware's storage independence with Storage Virtualization?

This was an interview with a Datacore Exec on their strategy on Storage Virtualiation and VMware's role in it.

TW: What do think about VMware directly interacting with a storage resource to automate storage provisioning for virtual servers?

We are having a lot of success with VMware pull-down and thin provisioning. VMware can already use Microsoft's Virtual Disk services (VDS) in Windows to do some of this. Also SMI-S has a generic storage API. It was supposed to be open but suppliers like EMC and HDS have extended it with proprietary extensions so it is no longer absolutely standard.

VDS hasn't taken off for a couple of reasons. Microsoft added complexity which wasn't needed. They came out with VDS and left it to lie. They didn't push it. No-one uses it. There isn't a usable GUI. The end user isn't interested in typing command lines.

We are talking to VMware (about an API-type protocol for storage provisioning). It's a rather complex relationship. They see storage as a hardware entity. We're not hardware. They are a software group too.

It still has a long way to go (as you read on the rest of the interview)

Datacore's site.


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