Week in review podcast: Atlantis unveils ‘diskless’ VDI storage; more news

John Hilliard, assistant news editor

Is Atlantis Computing’s new VDI storage product truly “diskless”? And how is Virsto Software tackling VMware storage performance? Join Senior Editor Ellen O’Brien and Senior News Director Dave Raffo as they talk about the latest storage tech news in our week in review podcast. Listen to the podcast or read our news summary below.

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Atlantis’ ILIO Diskless VDI product, which uses RAM instead of disk drives to boot up images in nonpersistent Citrix or VMware VDI deployments. Using RAM speeds performance and can reduce the amount of dedicated VDI storage required.

But The 451 Group’s senior analyst for storage and systems, Henry Baltazar, told us that Atlantis’ diskless claim is misleading because it is diskless only for nonpersistent data. Nonpersistent virtual desktops don’t keep user data or settings because they refresh whenever they start up or shut down.

And two years after launching Virsto for Hyper-V, Virsto Software Corp. is ready to take on VMware storage performance with Virsto for vSphere. Virsto added VMware support to its storage virtualization software for virtual server environments and upgraded its Hyper-V application with greater integration with Microsoft applications.

Virsto is one of the vendors that uses the “storage hypervisor” tag for its software, which is designed to improve the performance of storage used with virtual servers. Virsto claims it can improve virtual machine I/O performance by 10 times and can nearly double storage utilization in some cases.

Meanwhile, is reporting that Cloud certifications are rising in number and popularity as vendors seek to advance the emerging technology and IT professionals look to define, architect and utilize cloud offerings. Because the cloud industry is quickly evolving, experts say a skills gap exists when it comes to cloud comprehension.

"There seems to be a shortage of skilled technologists who understand cloud; how it applies to their IT organization, who the vendors are, what the architectures are [and so on]," said Gene Ruth, research director at Stamford, Conn-based Gartner Inc. "Those folks are in short supply because everyone is on a learning curve. I think anyone who can stand up and say 'I'm a certified cloud technologist' is definitely going to be sought after by IT organizations."

And in other storage industry news:

Symantec readies LiveOffice - Symantec Corp. plans to use its newly acquired LiveOffice, a cloud-based archiving service, to provide end users with better search and data analysis capabilities for legal documents stored in the cloud.

EMC's solid-state Project Lightning gets a name - EMC failed to push its Project Lightning server-based PCIe solid-state flash product out the door by the end of 2011 as the vendor pledged, but industry sources say it will officially launch soon under the name of VFCache. taps Isilon, BlueArc for storage - Petabyte-level file storage needs compelled to shift from traditional scale-up network-attached storage (NAS), and its capacity and performance limitations, to the scale-out network-attached storage offerings of Isilon Systems Inc. and BlueArc Corp. 

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