Data centres set to see convergence, increased virtualisation role in 2012

Virsto software predicts greater hypervisor role in storage management, better use of SSDs

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Data centres set to see convergence, increased virtualisation role in 2012 Convergence on virtualised infrastructure and cost pressure are changing typical data centre deployments says Virsto.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 4, 2012

2012 will see changing job roles, better use of SSDs, new architectures and increased duties for hypervisors in data centres, according to Virsto Software.

Mark Davis, CEO of the company, which produces VM-centric storage hypervisor software, has released five top predictions for the data centre in 2012, based on changing roles and greater demand on IT infrastructure.

Davis predicts that pressure on IT budgets, particularly around the cost of IT specialists, along with the centralisation of IT resources into common resources, will see the roles of virtualisation administrator and storage administrator converge, and more provisioning, data protection, and performance optimisation being handled within the hypervisor and the virtualisation administration team.

New storage architectures will emerge that will provide elasticity and performance at an acceptable price for private and public clouds, in comparison to existing SAN-based models that are unable to scale to meet cloud requirements.

Davis also predicts that emerging capabilities in hypervisor technology will mean that management functions that were previously embedded in storage arrays will migrate to reside within the hypervisor layer, for better management of virtualised workloads and storage performance and utilisation. Organisations are also likely to adopt a multi-vendor approach to hypervisors, utilising solutions from multiple vendors to get best price and features, and to avoid vendor lock-in.

Finally, data centre utilisation of Solid State Drives (SSD) will be driven by better understanding of appropriate deployment of SSDs within a data centre.

"2012 will be the year of widespread heterogeneous hypervisor adoption in the datacentre, with all the incumbent training, process and technological implications that this shift represents. Non-disruptive, game changing technology that facilitates this transition, like Virsto's storage hypervisor, will continue to experience high demand as a result," Davis commented.

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