Storage Virtualization Gets Serious
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Virtualization for computing systems was one thing. Most server CPUs sat grossly underutilized and had cycles to spare. Virtualization for storage, however, is another matter. Sharing the relatively narrow bandwidth of a storage system is a good way to choke system performance, or worse, cause a crash. But that market is showing signs of maturity, says Server Watch.
As virtualization and cloud computing continue a seemingly endless trajectory of prominence, their disadvantages is becoming as clear to those in the trenches as those on top perceive their benefits.
Thus, a raft of solutions are springing up to resolve many of these issues. In the past two weeks, storage virtualization seems to have found its way to the forefront.
Two week's ago, CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT) took its storage management product, Simpana, to the cloud with an eye on organizations requiring more space for archiving, replacing infrastructure or looking to simplify compliance management. CommVault described the product as a "cloud storage connector for Simpana" and sells it under a $900 per-terabyte capacity license. Customers can store data on-premises, or in a public or private cloud and move it back and forth as necessary.
It's no surprise that CommVault is far from alone in seeing the value in storage virtualization solutions. On Tuesday, Virsto joined the fray with its first product: Virsto One, a hypervisor-based storage virtualization solution.