The Problems With Server-Side Storage, Like VSAN

The expression, “everything old is new again”, certainly applies to the renewed interest in server-side storage. Due to the widespread adoption of server virtualization technology, internal server storage is once again being hailed as a simple way to bring performance closer to where virtualized applications reside – on the hypervisor.

Now with VMware’s recent launch of their VSAN offering, which utilizes server-side storage capacity configured across a network of clustered hypervisor nodes, this seems to add further validation to this methodology. While there are some instances where server-side storage adds value, there are also some drawbacks that need to be considered.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.

 

 

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