VMware buys virsto, is it about storage hypervisors?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Yesterday VMware announced that it is acquiring the IO performance optimization and acceleration software vendor Virsto for an undisclosed amount. Some may know Virsto due to their latching and jumping onto the Storage Hypervisor bandwagon as part of storage virtualization and virtual storage. On the ...

Summary, EMC VMAX 10K, high-end storage systems stayin alive

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is a follow-up companion post to the larger industry trends and perspectives series from earlier today (Part I, Part II and Part III) pertaining to today’s VMAX 10K enhancement and other announcements by EMC, and the industry myth of if large storage arrays or systems are dead. The enhanced ...

EMC VMAX 10K, looks like high-end storage systems are still alive (part III)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the third in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here and second post here) looking at what else EMC announced today in addition to an enhanced VMAX 10K and dispelling the myth that large storage arrays are dead (or at least for now). In addition to the ...

Many faces of storage hypervisor, virtual storage or storage virtualization

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Storage hypervisors were a 2012 popular buzzword bingo topic with plenty of industry adoption and some customer deployment. Separating the hype around storage hypervisors reveals conversations around backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving. backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving Cloud and virtualization components Storage ...

Industry trends and perspectives: SNW 2012 Rapping with Dave Raffo of SearchStorage

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Now also available via This is the seventh (here is the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth) in a series of StorageIO industry trends and perspective audio blog and pod cast discussions from Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2012 in Santa Clara California.Given how at conference conversations tend to ...

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be In a recent conversation with Dave Raffo about the nand flash solid state disk (SSD) market, we talked about industry trends, perspectives and where the market is now as well as headed. One of my comments is, has been and will ...

More storage and IO metrics that matter

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It is great to see more conversations and coverage around storage metrics that matter beyond simply focusing on cost per GByte or TByte (e.g. space capacity). Likewise, it is also good to see conversations expanding beyond data footprint reduction (DFR) from a space capacity savings or reduction ratio to also ...

What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to do

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to doUpdated 2/10/2018What is the best kind of IO? If no IO (input/output) operation is the best IO, than the second best IO is the one that can be done as close to the application and processor ...