VMworld – it’s the IT infrastructure show

With a busy week at VMworld in the rear view mirror, it’s a convenient time to take a minute to reflect on the conference. Invariably conference small talk will ask the question: ‘how’s the show going for you?’. The answers vary from conference to conference but generally gravitate to realistic expectations having been met. VMworld 2010 was a completely different story – the reaction I received from attendees and vendors alike was overwhelmingly positive. By the third day the show had earned it’s place as the best conference I can remember attending as a vendor. The crowd was big (over 17,000 attendees) but the quality was very high. Good, hard, technical questions and discussions were the norm rather than the exception. Potential customers digging into your product had active projects and difficult problems they were working hard to solve; very few tire-kickers. Big announcements were made from companies both large and small. Drew Robb at Enterprise Storage Forum has a nice recap from the storage perspective. And if that were not enough, they served IT’S-IT ice cream as an afternoon snack (VMware event planners, you have my sincere thanks).

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What Will Dell Do Now?

For a company that prides itself on listening to its customers and delivering more than just what meets requirements, EMC received the message loud and clear from Dell about what the company is looking for in an enterprise class storage product: like a 3Par InServ. Can EMC deliver an enterprise storage array for Dell? Will Dell select a new acquisition target? Now that HP has won the bidding war, what will Dell do now?

FalconStor VDI Solution: Economics And Performance

On August 24th, FalconStor announced their new NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware Virtual Desk Top Environments, and Network Computing covered it here. FalconStor briefed me on this solution prior to their announcement, and I was impressed with it. FalconStor has been developing some highly creative storage solutions, and I thought it time to take a closer look at this one and spend some time talking with someone who is using it. To say that I was even more impressed with the FalconStor solution after my conversation is an understatement.

Gluster Named Finalist for Best of VMworld 2010 Awards in New Technology Category

Innovative open source clustered storage platform recognized for value, performance, reliability and ease of use

MILPITAS, Calif. – September 3, 2010 – Gluster, the leading provider of open source storage solutions, today announced that Gluster Storage Platform with VMStor was chosen as a finalist in the New Technology category for the Best of VMworld 2010 Awards at the VMworld 2010 conference held this week in San Francisco. The panel of judges was a mix of industry experts, IT consultants and TechTarget editors. Entrants were scored on innovation, the value provided by the product, performance, reliability and ease of use.

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Virsto Virtualizes Storage I/O For Virtual Machines

Back in February of this year, Virsto launched their “Virsto One” storage virtualization software product. Much was written about Virsto at that time, and they were covered here on Network Computing. I had the unique opportunity to sit down and talk with Mark Davis, CEO of Virsto, in San Francisco this week while we were both in town for VMworld. Virsto is virtualizing storage in Microsoft Hyper-V based environments. A key question for Mark was why release storage virtualization in the Hyper-V space first before addressing the VMware market?