Storage is one of the key legs on which virtualized and cloud IT infrastructures are built. However, implementing storage in virtualized and cloud environments can be difficult as mission-critical workloads gradually shift from static applications to those that require levels of scalability undreamed of even a couple of years ago, and those that will likely be migrated from host to host to provide the most flexibility.
In other words, it is time for both storage and the data center or cloud infrastructure to mature with new ways to connect and communicate. That, in many ways, is at the heart of the storage industry's huge presence at VMworld this week in San Francisco.
If you thought the storage offerings from last year's VMworld were big, you will be amazed at what's happening in 2013.
And don't forget to look for Part 2 of this wrap. There was just too much to put in one slideshow.