VSAN is also different from the ViPR software-defined technology being developed by EMC, which holds a majority stake in VMware, VMware's Farronato said.
ViPR provides a software-defined control plane layer for external storage arrays and is focused on how users can control storage in those arrays, he said. VSAN, on the other hand, is focused on virtualized infrastructures, he said.
"They are complimentary," he said. "Both can be used in the same environment, but for different implementations."
Farronato also said that, unlike vSphere Data Protection, a data protection solution for virtual machines in VMware environments, which was built using Avamar technology from EMC, VSAN was built with no help from EMC.
PUBLISHED FEB. 11, 2014