Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) has announced that its Fusion ioMemory products are supported by and compatible with VMware Virtual SAN, a new software-defined storage solution. VMware Virtual SAN uses server flash to deliver storage performance acceleration via distributed read/write caching.
VMware Virtual SAN is a new software-defined storage solution that extends the hypervisor to pool CPUs, flash memory and locally attached disks, delivering a converged compute and storage infrastructure.
With Fusion-io´s flash tier offering, VMware Virtual SAN customers will now be able to leverage the architecture to maximize the performance of their VMware Virtual SAN deployments. The Fusion ioMemory architecture allows VMware Virtual SAN users to leverage application-centric performance for read/write caching.
Supporting VDI and Cloud Computing
“As virtualization and cloud solutions continue to help enterprises deliver on business objectives, storage performance is an increasingly critical factor for meeting user expectations in virtualized infrastructure,” said Jeffrey Treuhaft, Fusion-io Executive Vice President of Products. “VMware Virtual SAN is a unique software-defined storage solution based on a resilient, highly available scale out architecture that intelligently eliminates performance bottlenecks with caching. By leveraging Fusion ioMemory in their VMware Virtual SAN deployments, customers can achieve superior VMware Virtual SAN peak performance using the server infrastructure of their choice.”
By putting storage closer to compute, VMware Virtual SAN supports a rapidly emerging category of workloads suited to server side flash, including VDI and cloud computing,” said John Gilmartin, vice president, Cloud Infrastructure Products, VMware. “Fusion-io provides flash memory performance for the most demanding cloud and virtual environments.”
By clustering server-side flash and direct attached storage, VMware Virtual SAN creates a distributed shared datastore that is highly resilient and optimized for virtual machines, offering shared pools of storage to multiple servers with scale out capability for both compute and storage. As the scale of the virtualized deployment increases, the data acceleration VMware Virtual SAN delivers when using Fusion ioMemory architecture becomes exponentially more valuable by offering consistent performance under even the most demanding virtualized workloads.