Many Faces of Storage Hypervisor, Virtual Storage or Storage Virtualization

Storage hypervisors were a 2012 popular buzzword bingo topic with plenty of industry adoption and some customer deployment. Separating the hype around storage hypervisors reveals conversations around storage virtualization and virtual storage.

Cloud computing and virtualization building block components image
Cloud and virtualization components

Storage virtualization along with virtual storage and storage hypervisors have a theme of abstracting underlying physical hardware resources like server virtualization. The abstraction can be for consolidation and aggregation, or for enabling agility, flexibility, emulation and other functionality.

Storage virtualization can be implemented in different locations, in many ways with various functionality and focus. For example the abstraction can occur on a server, in an virtual or physical appliance (e.g. tin wrapped software), in a network switch or router, as well as in a storage system. The focus can be for aggregation, or data protection (HA, BC, DR, backup, replication, snapshot) on a homogeneous (all one vendor) or mixed vendor basis (heterogeneous).

Image of where storage virtualization, storage hypervisors and virtual storage can exist

Here is a link to a guest post that I recently did over at The Virtualization Practice looking at storage hypervisors, virtual storage and storage virtualization. As is the case with virtual storage, storage virtualization, storage for virtual environments, depending on your views, spheres of influence, preferences among other factors what you call a storage hypervisor will probably vary.

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Ok, nuff said (for now)

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Greg Schulz

About Greg Schulz

Greg Schulz is founder of the independent IT industry advisory and consultancy firm The Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO). At StorageIO Schulz spends most of his time providing real-world advisory, analyst and custom confidential consultancy services to clients ranging from small to Fortune 100 organizations on a global basis. Greg has over 30 years of experience across applications, archive, backup, BC and DR, performance and capacity planning, cloud and virtualization. Mr. Schulz brings the rare perspective of having been an IT customer, vendor and analyst spanning servers, storage, network, hardware, software and services. He has been a member of server, network and storage organizations, including CMG, RAB and SNIA as along with vendor and technology-focused groups. His storageioblog.com is a top 50 must read for IT professionals in addition to being top ranked on twitter. Greg is author of the books “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” (CRC Press) named the new “Enterprise Tech Bible” in addition to “The Green and Virtual Data Center” (CRC Press) both of which are on the Intel Recommended Reading list for developers. He is also author of the SNIA endorsed study guidebook "Resilient Storage Networks” (Elsevier). Mr. Schulz is regularly interviewed providing perspectives, commentary and opinion on industry activity in addition to presenting at events around the world. In addition to being a multi-year VMware vExpert recipient, Greg has a B.A. in computer science and M.Sc. in software engineering. His top ranked and award-winning blog is http://storageioblog.com and he can be found on twitter @storageio. Learn more at http://storageio.com.

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