31 Aug CTO Jon Cartu Claims – Virtualization, Disaggregation And Hyperconvergence
Storage is a big part of the VMworld conference and I had a chance to talk with a number of storage companies at the 2019 VMworld. This piece talks about what I saw at this year’s show.
NetApp introduced a number of products to support virtualized storage infrastructure. They debuted the NetApp HCI for VDI virtual desktop solution for VMware Horizon 7, shown below. They also announced NetApp Kubernetes Service (NKS) and HCI implementation services for VMware Private Cloud. According to NetApp NKS eliminates and reduces the complexity of deploying and managing on-premises Kubernetes clusters and their application workload, delivering enterprise capabilities such as in-place upgrades, role-based access control (RBAC), application lifecycle management, multicloud and hybrid-cloud configurations, and Istio service mesh automation.
I had a chance to meet executives from StorCentric. This company owns the Drobo, Nexsan, Synology, Retrospect and Vexata brands. Vexata is a scalable all flash NVMe storage solution and at the VMworld Robin.io’s hyperconverged Kubernetes solution were combined to provide storage and data management capabilities for enterprise applications. According to StorCentric, Vexata with ROBIN accelerates the full range of Oracle workloads including OLTP and DW/OLAP, both random and sequential by ten times compared to leading all-flash arrays. Vexata and Nexsan products from the show are shown in the image below.
Synology was showing several rack-based network storage as shown below.
Atto was showing their Fibre Channel and SAS interface cards. Mellanox was showing its latest BlueField and ConnectX for fast networking, including storage networks.
StorONE was at the show with their flash-based storage solutions. HPE was promoting its InfoSight software for enabling predictive flash storage. They were also displaying their StoreOnce storage system portfolio as shown below. Nimble storage boxes were also in one of their system racks.
IBM was promoting their IBM Safeguarded Copy, offline Tape air gap and a cloud air gap protection from ransomware and other malware. They also had their FlashSystem 9100 on display, see below.
Intel was pushing their server processors combined with their Optane DC persistent memory as well as their NVMe SSD applications. They had a display on faster cloud analytics with Zizion.ai and the Optane DC PM. They also had a display of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail using Intel’s Optane SSD, as shown below.
Western Digital had their active scale storage system on display as well as several of their HDD and SSD storage products. Pure had their AFA FlashStack on display. Fujitsu was showing its Eternus entry and mid-range storage products. Liqid’s Marius Tudor talked with me about developments in their composable infrastructure. In particular he was discussing the value of disaggregation of important elements like storage as a more efficient way to manage hyperconverged infrastructure. A combination of words that I thought was notable.
Also at VMworld were several independent and small storage system suppliers including AIC, Chenbro, Kingston, Nakivo, SuperMicro, QNAP and Venbu. QNAP was marketing its products as a gateway to public cloud services and offering low latency accessibility to the could. Kingston was showing SSDs as well as a storage system using their SSDs. SuperMicro was exhibiting large in-memory computing. Other storage players include OSAN, Minio.
Storage plays an important role in modern enterprises and there was plenty of digital storage on display at the 2019 VMworld conference, both aggregated and disaggregated, virtualized and converged.