Recently, a number of marketing campaigns have seemed to be inventing complexity to try to give products the appearance of having some sort of competitive advantage. The invented complexity involves real-world items that many folks just do not use, or even care about, in order to make products look like something different. We have spoken about in-kernel vs. VSA in the past, but now we are seeing invented complexity within the mainstream storage world.
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A few weeks ago, Hany Michael released a blog post on his NSX lab network. Embedded within is one of the most brilliantly clear diagrams of a very complex situation I’ve ever seen. It takes a level of skill to achieve the clarity of this diagram. What hit me, though, is the sheer level of complexity that Hany conveys in this document and how that complexity is inherent to the SDDC. It’s easy to argue that the diagram shows the smallest possible instance of an SDDC (except it skims over the storage). Not too surprising, as it’s an SDDC lab. It’s inherently VMware focused, but it could be applied to Hyper-V or OpenStack easily. Each function in the diagram would still be necessary, although some would switch or merge. This article will be quite VMware focused for this reason.
Cloud storage built with security in mind. If you have not heard of Cloud-Clout before, then let me be the first to introduce you to the Cloud-Clout Platform as a Service (PaaS) systems to deliver Cloud-Clout Software as a Service (SaaS) for secure cloud data storage. Cloud-Clout has offices in both the Ukraine and North Palm Beach, Florida. This makes Cloud-Clout a local home team company for me, and one that is presenting a much more secure option for public cloud-based storage. Who wouldn’t be into that?
A new high-speed memory technology from stealthy startup Nantero is one step closer to reshaping data center storage. Nantero announced on Tuesday, June 2, that it had closed a $31.5 million series E financing round, bringing funding up to a total of $78 million and opening the door to further development and future volume production of its carbon nanotube storage technology. Nantero, which has been quietly working on its carbon nanotube storage since 2001 and has been in low-volume production since 2004, is making big claims for its technology.
VMworld 2014 is in full swing, with more than 23,000 people having made the pilgrimage to San Francisco for this this year’s show. Thus far, things appear to be well-organized and running very smoothly. During my first walk through the Expo Center, I could not help but notice the sheer number of booths showcasing products that are storage-specific in nature. Flash drives appear to be the focus in quite a few of the booths. I have to wonder what the field will be like down the road as the price of flash continues to drop and the capacity of flash drives continues to grow. I believe that in the near future, most storage devices will be all flash-based, with any drives that spin becoming bottom-tier storage or owned just for fun. Could we get to a point at which physical hard drives actually become the media with which to replace backup tapes? Hmm, wouldn’t that be interesting?
Every year, VMware has new product and strategy announcements that steal the show at VMworld, so vendors tend to make their own announcements in the two weeks leading up to the conference. This year is no different, with nearly all vendors in the virtualization space announcing and readying their latest wares for the 25,000+ people who attend. Let’s look at the bigger themes in play this year and think about how to differentiate the competition at VMworld 2014.