VMware CEO Paul Maritz on the role of storage in the virtual world

VMware has recently released some products that threaten traditional storage models. What’s the company up to? CEO Paul Maritz explains the company’s attitude to storage in this brief podcast from VMworld 2011.

VMware has done some scary things lately, if you’re a storage vendor.

One was the release of Virtual Storage Appliance, software that challenges small NAS vendors by making it possible to create a shared storage appliance by using the direct attached storage in three servers. Analyst Kevin McIsaac recently told SearchStorage ANZ he believes VSA could replace mid-range arrays.

The second is vCenter Site Recovery Manager, a new tool announced at VMworld that allows failover of a user’s data centre to a VMware partner, even if the partner does not run the same storage hardware. That level of abstraction is almost certainly a bit scary if you are a storage vendor, for whom selling second arrays for disaster recovery sites is always a nice win.

In the three-minute podcast below, Paul Maritz responds to our query on these issues. The first voice you’ll hear is that of SearchStorage ANZ Editor Simon Sharwood. Sound quality isn’t the best, thanks to other journalists typing in the background.

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Simon Sharwood travelled to VMworld as a guest of VMware.

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