One would think we all know the difference between storage designed for desktops and storage designed for servers, but in all actuality, the lines have blurred a bit with the advent of desktop virtualization and cloud.

Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance partner Nexenta recently released “NexentaVSA for View that is designed to handle the storage demands made by desktop workloads that are executing in a VMware View-based, server-based environment,” so says this article by By  for Virtually Speaking on ZDNet.

Here is a rundown of the differences highlighted in the ZDNet article between desktop and server storage that the NexentaVSA for View addresses head-on:

Sounds all too familiar to a hard drive guy like myself.  Seagate has been preaching the differences between desktop and enterprise-class drive for years.  It seems like a never ending argument that just does not seem to sink in with certain customers.
Because for years the hard drive has been commoditized – reduced down to a me-too component that could not possibly be differentiated or deliver more value than it should.  We won’t mention who is to blame here.  I applaud Nexenta for knowing and stressing the differences – even if at a system level.  At the end of the day, the hard drive or storage device contributes the most cost in the overall system, and it’s only growing, because areal density technology advancements have slowed, yet capacity and performance demand is skyrocketing.
Given this fact, shouldn’t system providers be looking at the storage device more strategically?
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