As companies make the move from the local to the virtual and the virtual to the cloud, a number of problems inevitably arise. While cloud technology and server virtualization techniques continue to evolve, however, the technology needed to make storage competitive appears to be lagging behind.
A number of companies are now working on this problem, including storage provider Sanbolic. Their CEO, Momchil Michailov, is of the opinion that IT as a whole needs a better approach to storage, one that breaks free from the ties to a single storage or server system.
Michailov sees the storage industry as being largely stagnant since the 1980s, with the only improvements being to create faster disks and increase storage capacity. Without true innovation on the way storage is done, many companies are not seeing as much benefit from virtualization as they could.
Often, it takes only a matter of minutes to portion out a VM for a client, but it can take up to a month and a half for storage and its associated networking to catch up. With most storage still attached to a single physical server or location, it simply cannot provide the same benefits as other virtualized technologies, leaving companies waiting for their storage to make the move along with their applications.
Now, companies like Sanbolic are trying to help companies make the most of their storage with options like their Meilo 3.5 application, which provides updates to the management environment including granular control over I/O priority for applications as well as additional platform support.
While there has not been a virtual storage breakthrough to solve all potential data issues, companies like Sanbolic do their best to help streamline the current storage environment for companies that are looking to go virtual.