Is it time for storage vendors to play nice with VMware?

 VMworld is fast approaching so expect a slew of announcements from the major virtualisation vendors like the announcement made yesterday by VMware regarding their vStorage API set. The vStorage API set provides an interface between VMware’s virtual Data Centre Operating System and  storage products. It includes APIs for Site Recovery Manager, Consolidated Backup, multi-pathing/load balancing and management of integrated storage hardware platforms.

Since the key storage players, BMC, CA, EMC, HP, IBM Tivoli, NetIQ, nworks, Quest, Symantec and Tripwire are all either certified “VMware Ready” or have stated that they are working towards certification I wonder how the “our products work better than yours” competition between the storage vendors will pan out over the next few months and how Openview and Tivoli storage management products will fit vStorage into their strategies.

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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