While at VMworld I had the opportunity to meet the folks from Infinio and have dinner with them. One of their big announcements at VMworld was around something that I had always thought was really holding them back from growing their business. Their original Infinio Accelerator 1.0 product which was released last year only supported NFS storage. Since external storage in VMware environments is around 75% block storage they were missing out a big opportunity to sell into the block storage market. Well that has all changed with the release of their new Infinio Accelerator version 2.0 which now has SAN and Unified Storage support. This means in addition to NFS support they now support Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE, and environments with multiple protocols. So essentially their product will work with any external storage in a VMware environment. New features in version 2.0 include:
- SAN and Unified Storage support: In addition to support for the NFS storage protocol, v2.0 will also include full support for Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE, and environments with multiple protocols.
- Application-level reporting: Infinio v2.0 adds the ability to start with a weekly datastore performance view and drill all the way down to a minute-by-minute per-application view of storage performance.
- Cache Advisor for smart sizing of memory: This new feature is designed to help administrators determine how much RAM to dedicate to Infinio’s cache.
- Continued innovation for VDI: More than one third of current Infinio customers have found the product especially valuable for VDI, and with v2.0, Infinio has tuned the cache with heuristics and algorithms that better support VDI workloads.
Infinio Accelerator v2.0 will be in public beta later this year, with general availability to follow. Find out more about it here: http://www.infinio.com/news/introducing-infinio-accelerator-20