The Network Virtualization Frontier – Virtualizing with Incipient NSP
As I mentioned just over a week ago, we’ve been beta evaluating a storage area network based storage virtualization platform (Incipient’s NSP – www.incipient.com ) for potential future use here at the City. I mentioned at that time that I’m impressed with the product, and eager to see it released into the marketplace. At that same time, I mentioned I’d write a bit more detail about featuresets and capabilities, and challenges I see for that type of product moving into the marketplace.
The killer feature that the NSP product is proposing to bring to market is enterprise level storage virtualization in the fabric. This is a bit different from any of the virtualization products out there. Much of what’s available as in-band, I might classify as mid-range rather than enterprise. What’s available as enterprise is generally either out of band or isn’t in the fabric. As I’ve proposed before, it has always seemed to me that the intelligence for my SAN needs to be in my fabric. It just makes sense – I want to work with the same toolset regardless of what my storage is, and storage changes too fast to be constantly swapping that toolset out. Fabric sticks around a while, and featuresets tend to remain more highly compatible across revisions. So remove some performance limitations by distributing processing and management, and it seems like fabric based storage management may stick around for a long time.
Read the entire article here, The network virtualization frontier – virtualizing with Incipient NSP – Computerworld Blogs