VMware Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy is to evolve storage architectures through the pervasive hypervisor, bringing to storage the simplicity, efficiency, and cost-savings that server virtualization brought to compute. VMware Software-Defined Storage abstracts the underlying storage through a virtual data plane, making the VM, and thus the application, the fundamental unit of storage provisioning and management across heterogeneous storage systems. By creating a flexible separation between applications and available resources, the hypervisor can balance all IT resources — compute, memory, storage and networking — needed by an application. VMware Software-Defined Storage solutions enhance today’s data center by delivering per-application storage services.
SDS applies at the VM level, allowing storage services to be tailored to the precise requirements of an application and adjusted as needed on a per-application basis, without affecting neighboring applications. Administrators are in complete control of which storage services, and therefore costs, are consumed by which application. SDS uses a dynamic and non-disruptive model, just as in compute virtualization. IT admins can precisely match application demand and supply at the exact time the resources are needed. Storage services become fluid — a little more for this application now, a little less for that one later. VMware Software-Defined Storage lets you leverage existing storage solutions, such as SAN and NAS on x86 industry-standard hardware. With industry standard servers, the backbone of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, IT organizations can design low-cost and scalable storage environments that easily adjust to specific and ever-changing storage needs.
VMware Software-Defined Storage Cloud Operations
With a scale-out and resilient operations platform, administrators get control over performance, capacity and configuration management. Predictive analytics and smart alerts help identify and rectify potential issues before they impact service quality. Intuitive performance dashboards provide app-to-storage visibility across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Log management capabilities extend analytics to unstructured data, for better visibility and faster problem resolution. Over and under-provisioned VMs are right-sized to balance service level requirements with resource utilization. Powerful capacity modeling identifies “what if” scenarios to anticipate and optimize future infrastructure spend. CIOs and IT executives can demonstrate and compare the costs of complex initiatives and investments, including private and public clouds. Users can see the cost of service in the service catalog. Visibility and transparency of the types, cost and quality of IT services, enable show and charge back the quantity and types of IT services consumed.
Unified Data Center Management Software
The fully virtualized data center is automated and managed by intelligent, policy-based data center management software, vastly simplifying governance and operations. A single, unified management platform lets you centrally monitor and administer all applications across physical geographies, heterogeneous infrastructure and hybrid clouds. You can deploy and manage workloads in physical, virtual and cloud environments with a unified management experience. IT becomes agile, elastic and responsive to a degree never before possible. Infrastructure and applications services are requested via a self-service portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can select services that comply with pre-defined business policies. Service delivery is highly automated. Logical infrastructure and application blueprints model services that can be deployed in any approved cloud environment. The right levels of resources are automatically allocated based on business requirements and service-level requirements.
Delivering Storage And Application Alignment
VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands — eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions. VMware’s vision is to evolve storage architectures through the pervasive hypervisor, bringing to storage the simplicity, efficiency and cost-savings that server virtualization brought to compute. Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts the underlying storage through a virtual data plane, making the VM (and the application) the fundamental unit of storage provisioning and management across heterogeneous storage systems. By creating a flexible separation between applications and available resources, the hypervisor can balance all IT resources – compute, memory, storage and networking – needed by an application.
VMware Software-Defined Storage