2016-09-16 01:32 AM
I see some other vendors have the VASA provider built-in on their controllers.
I like that approach as this becomes more and more critical. It would be easier / faster to deploy and I'm sure it would be more reliable.
What are your thoughts?
2016-09-16 07:17 AM
While the ONTAP VASA Provider is an appliance, SolidFire's implementation is a part of the cluster. Both models have their advantages and disadvantages, unfortunately I don't know the engineering or product management decision process that led to each implementation.
If you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out SolidFire's VVOLs features. There is lots of really great functionality there, and it further removes storage management overhead from the virtualization administrator. It's a great example of just how simple storage for virtualization can be, while at the same time not sacrificing features or functionality.
Hope that helps.