VMware BoF at USENIX FAST 2009

The USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST) is the premier place to send papers on all things storage. The program committee is usually the who’s who of the field. For the last few years, VMware has been holding a birds of a feather (BoF) session on the intersection of virtualization and storage/filesystem technologies. The BoF chair this year is a good friend of mine, Ajay Gulati.

Ajay has setup a really cool program that I think will attract a large crowd. Take a look at the following and be sure to drop by if you are lucky enough to be attending the conference (or even if you are not, but find yourself in the area, you are welcome to drop by our meeting room). I’m particularly excited about the demos!

Storage Technologies and Challenges in Virtualized Environments
VMware Vendor BoF
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., San Francisco C

Do you wonder what VMware has to do with storage? Are you interested in learning about VMware technologies beyond core server virtualization? Do you want to get a glimpse of some of the future products and what storage applications they can enable?

Join engineers from VMware in a discussion about a number of novel storage-related technologies that VMware has been working on. We will also discuss some of the currently open problems and challenges related to better storage performance and management.

We will give two live demos:
1) Online storage migration (Storage VMotion)
2) Transparent and efficient workload characterization of VM workloads inside ESX Server

In addition, there will be a number of manned stations with posters and demos of technologies such as Distributed Storage IO Resource Management, VMware’s Cluster File System (VMFS), ESX’s Pluggable Storage Stack, VM aware storage (VMAS) and our dynamic Virtual Machine instrumentation tool called VProbes.