Storage Virtualization: Good News for Consultants

Our favorite storage pundit Henry Newman opines that storage virtualization continues to be a bad idea:
“With all the concerns I have about virtualization, I still think it has a place in some environments as long as everyone understand the impact short term (monitoring performance and performance analysis is going to be difficult) and long term (migration to new hardware is going to require careful planning and might not work seamlessly). Looking ahead, I wonder if the whole idea of vitalization of blocks might be overcome by new technologies such as ANSI T10 Object Storage Device (OSD) or NFSv4.1 (pNFS) to allow file systems to manage the virtualization of the storage. What will happen if block-based virtualization systems meet T10 object storage? I suspect virtualization systems won’t work because the SCSI commands for object storage are a superset of the standard SCSI commands used today.” Full Story


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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