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Fungible Storage Cluster Now Supports VMware vSphere

Fungible | June 08, 2022

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Fungible Inc., the dynamic composable infrastructure business, today announced the launch of Fungible Storage Cluster® (FSC) 4.1, which adds support for high-performance VMware vSphere settings.

In managing complex and dynamic computational environments, virtual machines give unrivaled flexibility. Storage needs for workloads operating in virtualized environments can vary. Fungible's high-performance all-flash array based on NVMe/TCP is now vSphere certified and available for VMware virtualized environments for demanding applications. Customers can now enjoy the improved management of vSphere paired with the excellent performance of Fungible's Storage Cluster thanks to the newest version (4.1).

Marc Fleischmann, Cloud CTO, VMware said that "NVMe/TCP enables vSphere customers to accelerate their storage performance while leveraging existing investments and lowering complexity. Through collaboration with innovative companies such as Fungible, VMware continues to build a world-class ecosystem of technology partners that offer our customers flexibility and choice to meet their business requirements.”

Customers can use NVMe/TCP to connect FSC storage into their ESXi hosts and obtain what looks to be local storage. Even though it is a shared resource, the resultant performance is essentially comparable to local storage, and the cost advantages mirror the performance benefits.

Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies at IDC said that “VMware vSphere is the virtualization infrastructure of choice for a variety of mission-critical, performance-sensitive workloads in the data center. As IT organizations deploy more workloads that require accelerated compute and storage, the use of composable, disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) like that available from Fungible will be deployed more often to enable the more efficient use of these types of resources in VMware environments. IDC expects that the CDI market overall will top $4.8 billion by 2025.”

“VMware has long led the drive to improve flexibility and utilization of data center infrastructure. Now with the latest release of our vSphere certified Fungible Storage Cluster, VMware users can further enhance their ability to tune demanding workloads to get the utmost performance and flexibility. Trade-offs of flexibility versus performance are no longer required. Pairing VMware with NVMe/TCP for storage access with our DPU-powered Storage Cluster allows VMware customers to address the performance requirements of today's modern applications.”

Pradeep Sindhu, Co-Founder and CDO of Fungible

FSC may also result in storage cost reductions for vSphere users since its erasure coding offers comprehensive data protection at a lower cost than typical RF1 or RF2 replication. Moreover, Fungible's composable data architecture allows for the flexibility to compose storage to suit current demands and recompose it to adjust to the changing needs, giving exceptional investment protection.

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