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 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 SDS solutions enhance today’s data centers by delivering:
The fastest path to an SDS implementation is through the deployment of a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), built on VMware vSphere and Virtual SAN. HCI converges compute, storage and networking into a single, integrated layer of software that can run on any commodity x86 infrastructure. vSphere abstracts and aggregates compute and memory resources into logical pools of compute capacity, while Virtual SAN (embedded in vSphere) pools server-attached storage to create high performance, shared storage.
Learn more about VMware hyper-converged infrastructure.
Create radically simple shared storage for virtual machines from server-based storage, enabling a resilient, high-performance, scale-out architecture that reduces TCO by as much as 50 percent.Virtual SAN
Apply the benefits of VMware SDS to traditional, external storage systems from our qualified storage partners to simplify and automate storage operations on a per-VM and per-application basis.Virtual Volumes