We welcome the newest blog on the block, the VMware Storage Blog. Scott Davis starts us off with a closer look at VMFS and its benefits.
- VMware’s instant one click provisioning, including storage.
Quick, easy provisioning of a new VM, OS and application that does not
require physical storage LUN provisioning.
- Mobility/Portability. i.e Vmotion and storage Vmotion. In a virtual
world, workloads should be abstracted from, not beholden to, physical
storage. Just like they should be abstracted from physical servers.
- Encapsulation and HW Independence. VMs should be entirely
encapsulated from the physical world. This simple, but critically
important facet of virtualization unleashes the power of virtual
infrastructure. For an example, look at VMware’s new Site Recovery
Manager that enables DR solutions that no longer require identical
hardware (and software) configurations at each site.
- Reduced complexity. SAN management is hard, complicated work. Why shouldn’t it be simplified?
The take-home? Eliminating the complexity of physical shared storage,
while still allowing you to access the physical disk if needed.