UPDATED 15:20 EST / SEPTEMBER 02 2011

VMware Storage Direction May Put Parent EMC’s Needs Before Users, Says Wikibon CTO

Everybody seems to agree that storage is a big problem with virtualization, and at this week’s VMworld 2011, VMware and its parent, storage vendor EMC, spelled out their plan for fixing this problem. But, as Wikibon CTO David Floyer in a new Alert titled “VMware Storage Innovation, says, this direction may be tailored to defending EMC’s technology at the expense of innovation that can create better solutions.

The new approach, which involves creating storage “containers” holding the data, metadata, and policy data, has some good ideas, Floyer says, but its implementation could stifle innovation. VMware has announced that it will work with Dell, EMC, Hitachi, IBM, and NetApp, but will exclude the more innovative storage startups and particularly the flash storage companies, to develop the new approach.

“Wikibon believes this business model is driven by EMC to slow down storage innovation and preserve it’s current products for as long as possible,” Floyer writes. He says that shareholders and customers should tell VMware that they expect it to use the best storage technology and ideas in its architecture rather than “baking in” old technologies.


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