August 15, 2012 – The latest release from FlashSoft aims to follow through on enterprise storage optimization goals that made it a target of acquisition by flash storage vendor SanDisk six months ago.
FlashSoft for VMware vSphere features increased server application management speeds and virtual machine density. It sets a cache in the server for VMware vSphere 5.0 and later. Like the Linux and Windows variations of the software released a few months prior to the SanDisk acquisition, the VMware release announced and available Wednesday installs in the enterprise hosts operating system as a loadable kernel module.
Jeff Boles, analyst with consultancy The Taneja Group, says the release has the potential to follow through on SanDisk’s move in the enterprise space via a “fascinating degree of innovation.” Boles says that enterprises increasingly express obstacles with VM bottlenecks and complexity, and that the FlashSoft release answers by connecting software with the hypervisor IO path without server or management disruption.
“If VM1 needs more performance than VM2, it is entirely possible” with this software, Boles says. “Meanwhile, users have clear visibility into all the IO operations of the host, so it can behave nicely when storage operations like snapshots are requested.”
SanDisk announced its buy of the application performance and virtualization software provider in February as an attempt to heighten its offerings and presence in the enterprise storage space.
Rich Petersen, director of software marketing at SanDisk, said the storage optimization work by FlashSoft has been further enhanced from its previous connections with SSD vendor Pliant, which SanDisk acquired in 2010.