I have looked at many storage technologies over the last few years – these include All-Flash Arrays, Software-Defined Storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Cloud Gateways.
The vendors of these products claim that they deliver something significantly better than what can be found in most data centres today, and in certain ways they do, but they always have a big list of areas that need significant improvement (one key example is that storage platforms that do not have 100% inline de-duplication and compression are starting to look “a bit long in the tooth”).
I have also studied VMware Virtual Volumes in depth and the vision of the technology is impressive, the problem is that the current 1.0 version does not deliver on this vision – we need the ability to manage everything at the VM level from the point of view of storage (i.e. capacity, performance and de-duplication/compression policies), backup (i.e. frequency, target and retention policies) and DR (i.e. replication policies).
In addition if we want to restore a VM (or some of its contents) we should be able to do it from within the hypervisor’s management tools and not require a 3rd party tool – true VM-centric management.
I have recently been looking into SimpliVity OmniCube Hyper-converged Infrastructure technology and it is without doubt the most well thought out platform I have ever seen – key features include:
Accelerated Data Efficiency
Highly-Efficient VM-centric Backup, Replication and Recovery
Global VM-centric Unified Management
In conclusion SimpliVity delivers an incredibly elegant solution that is built for the VM, not LUN, which delivers on the vision of VMware Virtual Volumes today.