At Violin’s booth at VMworld San Francisco, I caught up with an old friend and colleague of mine, Vinay Gaonkar, and Violin’s director of marketing, Ashish Gupta. They gave me a good overview of Violin Memory’s new 6×00 arrays, and we discussed the various vSphere integration points.
First I asked about the storage object which Violin surfaces up to the ESXi host & which storage protocols the array supports. They can create multiple LUNs of same capability inside of a given array and export them out to the ESXi host. Violin support Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and iSCSI (over 10GigE).
I then went on to ask about the VAAI primitives that Violin currently support on their arrays. There are none supported at present, but Ashish told me that they plan on supporting all the primitives in the very near future. They have started work on implementing the Write Same and XCopy primitives already, with others following soon.
My next question was about the snapshot and clone technology on the 6×000 series arrays. Is it VM-Centric or Volume-Centric? In other words, does it recognise the VMDK as a storage object or just a file on a LUN? Today it is LUN centric, but as Ashish points out, once Viloin integrates with VMware’s upcoming Virtual Volumes technology, their snapshots will of course become VM-Centric. I asked a similar question around their replication technology, and again Ashish stated that it was LUN orientated presently. Again, Virtual Volumes will make a difference here.
My next question was around BC/DR support, and if there were any plans for an SRM/SRA support with their replication technology. Ashish stated that yes, they plan to support Site Recovery Manager and they are hoping to have a solution in place in H1 2013.
I finally finished with a question around Violin’s plans for a VASA plugin? You guessed it – H1 2013.
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