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May 21, 2013


Howard Marks


I agree Virsto is a lot more impressive than you would think at first glance. However it's really more of a clustered file system than a volume manager.

The key for me isn't really the acceleration, though that can be nice, but the per-VM snapshots. I can take an application consistant snap hourly and keep a day or two of them around without the performance penalty inferior snap providers impose.

Disclaimer: Virsto was a client before the VMware acquisition.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Howard

For some reason, your comment went into the spam folder and I had to go fish it out ...

Regarding taxonomy? I remember the story behind Hadacol (an alcohol-laden patent medicine) was that they had-to-call it something.

While you're quite correct in that it's a clustered file system, it can't really be used as one: doesn't support full POSIX, doesn't support NFS or CIFS. The only purpose of the Virsto file system is to support VMDK volumes, which is why I elected to call it a volume manager.

The snaps are what really shine -- agreed. But during performance testing, there were a number of profiles where it did quite well vs. native ESX+array. It also seems to be an extremely efficient users of a very small amount of SSDs.


-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

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