Saturday, May 25, 2013
PernixData: New storage statusquo is comming
Storage SME's knows for ages that storage design begins with performance. The storage performance is usually much more important then capacity. One IOPS cost more money then one GB of storage. Flash disks, EFD's and SSD's changed storage industry already. But the magic and the future is in software. PernixData FVP (Flash Virtualization Platform) looks like very intelligent, fully redundant and reliable software cluster aware storage acceleration platform. It leverages any local flash devices to accelerate any back-end storage used for server virtualization. Right now only VMware vSphere is supported but solution is hypervisor agnostic and it is just a matter of time when it will be ported to another server virtualization platform like Hyper-V, Xen, or KVM.
PernixData setups absolutely new storage quality in virtualized datacenter. If you have issue with storage response time (latency) then look at PernixData FVP. But what impressed me is the future because I believe the platform can be improved significantly and new functionality will come soon. I can imagine data compression and deduplication, data encryption, vendor independent replication, clonning, snapshoting, etc.
So software defined storage virtualization just began.