As the hypervisor continues to reach commodity, companies like VMware are going to continue to stretch themselves into the application world in order to generate revenue and to further enhance their own core product. One of the areas that VMware is moving into is the virtual storage space and thin provisioning. While perhaps new to the VMware product or feature lineup, this technology is far from new. Like VMware virtualization technology, thin provisioning and virtualized storage goes back to about 10 years for DataCore. Over the last 10 years, DataCore has been developing a shrink-wrapped rich set of functions in software to address the mechanical constraints of disk storage manufacturers. In a manufacturer-independent way, DataCore has provided disk storage with enhanced speed, resiliency, and utility.
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Fast-forward, and the company is announcing new versions of its software: SANmelody 3.0 and SANsymphony 7.0. But with VMware now getting into this business, I decided to speak with DataCore's CEO, George Teixeira, to find out what this means to the Florida-based virtualized storage provider.
InfoWorld: What does DataCore think about VMware's new role in trying to enter storage virtualization and thin provisioning. And where DataCore fit, differ, or enhance? And are you doing anything with Citrix XenServer or Hyper-V?