VMware has announced that it is managing its own cloud storage VMware Cloud Flex Storage is now generally available for VMware Cloud on AWS.
The move will see the company push for consistency, security and cost-efficiency as a core part of its smart cloud approach, VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram said in a post on the company’s website. blog (opens in a new tab).
With 175 zettabytes (175 billion terabytes) of data expected to be generated globally by 2025, VMware believes that 2020-2030 will be the “data decade” with more use cases than ever before.
VMWare Cloud Flex Storage for AWS
In response, it claims to have created “a disaggregated cloud data storage and management solution that is able to accommodate the varying expectations of the ever-evolving modern data stack.”
VMWare Cloud Flex Storage uses the file system enabled by AWS S3 and EC2 with NVMe for data caching. VMware hopes this will give its customers more control over the performance they can expect as well as their costs, explaining this in their blog (opens in a new tab):
“This two-tier design helps us decouple storage capacity from storage performance and enable them to dynamically scale independently.”
AND technical purpose (opens in a new tab) the article details how customers will be able to purchase additional storage without having to install additional HCI modules.
Managed cloud storage is expected to be available in the third quarter of VMware’s FY23, and VMware Cloud Flex Storage will be priced based on user consumption per GB, which VMware Cloud Storage and Data CTO Sazzala Reddy believes will help businesses more accurately forecast and plan your expenses. On-demand, annual and three-year subscription models will be available, and a minimum retention requirement is expected.