Diversification Comes Slowly to Virtualization
While VMware is clearly still the most dominant virtualization platform being used by most IT organizations, a new survey of 353 midmarket IT organizations conducted by Gridstore, a provider of virtual storage systems for Windows and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms, makes it clear other virtual machine (VM) platforms are starting to make inroads. That shift has major implications for data storage systems that increasingly have to be able to support multiple virtual server environments running a wider array of mission-critical applications. That fundamentally changes the characteristics of what customers are now looking for in terms of heterogeneous storage systems. Additionally, when it comes to applications that IT organizations plan to deploy on virtual servers, database platforms from Oracle and Microsoft are at the top of the list. The survey also showed that the top factors respondents consider when choosing storage systems for virtualization projects are the ability for storage to scale performance as needed, the ability for storage to scale capacity as needed and the ability for storage to scale I/O as needed. Here, Channel Insider examines highlights of the study.