"It's all about doing more for less or more in the same foot print," he added.
EMC President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Gelsinger also believes storage arrays can become application servers, removing the bottleneck that networks can create. The technology would work by running VMware's vSphere directly on the storage controllers and then using vMotion to migrate VMs from application servers onto the storage array.
Flash-maker Micron also sees merit in allowing multiple servers to access a pool of solid-state storage in order to remove I/O bottlenecks.
It recently announced it is buying Virtensys Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of PCIe-sharing products. Micron plans to use Virtensys' PCIe virtualization technology to allow data centers to share local solid-state drive (SSD) storage across multiple servers.
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