Aug 28, 2012
Now that the VMWorld Conference is in full swing here San Francisco this week, I thought I would share some observations on how the worlds of storage and virtualization are converging, as the Silver Peak executive responsible for managing our storage partners.
VMWorld has over-taken SNW as “the” storage event of the year. Every major storage vendor is displaying its wares and how it supports virtual environments. With virtualization comes new storage challenges, from the boot-storm problem for VDI to VM density on blade servers placing huge burdens on direct and network-attached storage to the fully virtualized data center in the cloud, allowing storage and server resources to existing anywhere in the cloud.
Silver Peak, the leader in scalable data center-class data mobility solutions, is embracing these problems and providing solutions that address many of these new bottlenecks. As data centers become more distributed, Silver Peak’s virtual and physical WAN optimization solutions collapse distance and shrink replication times between cloud storage centers by orders of magnitude, allowing customers to experience local, LAN-like access to storage resources.
For virtual environments, we’re leading the way with initiatives such as Agility, where we take the complexity out of deploying WAN optimization. Whether in public, private, or hybrid cloud environments, Silver Peak Agility allows application and virtual administrators to quickly deploy and manage Silver Peak WAN optimization in a familiar context, such as VCenter.
And, as more basic storage services are integrated into virtual platforms, the need to easily optimize these services is increasing. Silver Peak is leading the way to eliminate complexity and make the virtual data center – based anywhere in the world – a reality.