PernixData will be announcing the first release of its Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) product on August 6, 2013. The company says FVP is the first and only hypervisor for server-side flash. Although other vendors have similar server-side flash solutions, FVP is the only solution that is currently able to create a clustered tier that allows VMware administrators to realize the cost benefits no matter which physical host the guest virtual machine is running on (Figure A). In a nutshell, FVP can increase performance and capacity of your current VMware and storage solutions.
The features PernixData is touting in this first release are:
- Scale-out performance independent of storage capacity
- Seamless deployment
- Full support for VMware cluster operations
- Full read and write acceleration with fault tolerance (including write through and write back)
According to PernixData, FVP is a disruptive technology that is non-disruptive to deploy. As one of the beta users of the product, I agree. It doesn't require a restart of the physical hosts or Guests VMs to deploy. It also doesn't require the VMware admin to change the steps he or she follows when running common virtualization tasks such as vMotion, Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS), High Availability (HA), Snapshot, vCloud, Site Recovery Manager (SRM), and so on.
You can watch FVP demos in the videos section of the PernixData site.
FVP for the Enterprise is $7,500 per physical host; there will be additional packages available for SMB customers. If you're interested in purchasing FVP, you will need to go through a PernixData partner, which you can find with direction from PernixData. A free trial of FVP is available.
Everyone running a virtual server environment wants predictable scale-out storage to go with it, but that simply hasn't been possible to date. By virtualizing the flash layer, PernixData let's those shops have their cake and eat it too – they let you add the performance, predictability and linear scale-out requirements you need to operate a real virtual environment, without forcing you to change out your underlying storage architecture. How can that be anything but goodness?
About the company
PernixData was founded in February 2012 by Poojan Kumar and Satyam Vaghani. Kumar, CEO of PernixData, was also a cofounder of Exadata and ran the VMware data group. Vaghani, CTO of PernixData, was the VMware Storage CTO. It's clear the people running the company have a strong background in storage and virtualization.
Give it a try
I'm very excited about FVP. Any product that is this easy to use and doesn't add extra steps to VMware administration activities is okay in my book. I encourage anyone who is looking to increase performance of their applications to check out the free trial. It's not disruptive to install or uninstall, so you can't lose.
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Lauren Malhoit has been in the IT field for over 10 years and has acquired several data center certifications. She's currently a Technology Evangelist for Cisco focusing on ACI and Nexus 9000. She has been writing for a few years for TechRepublic, Tech Pro Research, and VirtualizationAdmin.com. As a Cisco Champion, EMC Elect, VMware vExpert, and PernixPro, Lauren stays involved in the IT community. Lauren has been a delegate for Tech Field Day and has also authored a book called VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials.