Post from Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg
InfiniBand vendor Mellanox has demonstrated a Fibre Channel-beating virtual SAN appliance at VMworld, claiming it’s six times faster than FC SANs.
Virtual SAN appliances (VSAs) are becoming more serious. They started out as SAN try-outs using server SW and the server’s local disks to produce a shared block-access storage area network (SAN) system without the actual Fibre Channel or iSCSI Ethernet-connected storage arrays. The server SW was basically the SAN array controller software.
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