SearchITChannel.com: Microsoft Relies on Sanbolic to Make Virtualization More Competitive

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News story by SearchITChannel.com highlights how Sanbolic, Inc.'s Melio clustered files system fills an important limitation of Microsoft's virtualization products, as well as virtualization across all major platforms - an inability to share application data between multiple virtual machines.

A news story by SearchITChannel.com Senior News Editor Barbara Darrow highlights how Sanbolic, Inc.'s Melio clustered files system fills an important limitation of Microsoft's virtualization products, as well as virtualization across all major platforms -- an inability to share application data between multiple virtual machines. In "Microsoft Amps Up Virtualization Push," Darrow writes, "A newly updated version of Melio will let all virtual machines simultaneously access application data on the storage area network (SAN)," according to the company.

Sanbolic's Melio FS has been available since Q1 2008 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to provide functionality similar to VMWare's VMFS, allowing all virtual machines file to be stored on the same SAN storage volume, while being simultaneously available to all hosts. This simplifies storage management while enabling migration of virtual machines across hosts. New functionality for Hyper-V announced at this week's Microsoft Virtualization Launch lets all virtual machines have simultaneous access to application data on the SAN. This functionality is not available with VMware's VMFS.

According to SearchITChannel.com, "Without a clustered file system, if traffic increases, another virtual machine can be added as another Web server, but it needs its own storage volume and all of that data has to be copied to new volumes. With Melio, the original storage volume accommodates more virtual servers that can read and write from that single volume."

The article adds comment from integrator Mark Crescenzi, president of Prismworks Technology Inc. in Mechanicsburg, Pa., "Melio makes Hyper-V significantly more competitive with the VMware stuff as far as scalability goes, yes even better than VMware in some ways...The problem with how Microsoft servers do clustering is that only one server can access a LUN [logical unit identifier] or disk and do I/O at any one point in time. Even the Windows 2008 Hyper-V has that limitation. Melio takes away that limitation and lets all nodes access that LUN at the same time."

The complete story can be read at: http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid96_gci1328921,00.html?track=NL-673&ad=660725&asrc=EM_NLN_4402332&uid=7781037

Sanbolic is exhibiting this solution at the Microsoft Virtualization Launch this week in Bellevue, Washington and at VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas September 15-18.

About Sanbolic, Inc.
Sanbolic, Inc is a Watertown, Massachusetts-based company that provides software for simplifying and sharing SAN storage. Sanbolic's product extends the capability of Windows applications by allowing SAN storage to be easily administered, expanded and reassigned, while supporting shared data access to improve application availability and/or application scalability. Further information about Sanbolic can be found on its website http://www.sanbolic.com.

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