Remember when EMC offered a fabric-based storage virtualisation product called InVista? Apparently they still do, as a customer of mine mentioned recently. Unfortunately they had trouble getting any sort of decent reference site for the product and weren’t that impressed.
I had a quick check on EMC’s site and the last press release for the product I could find was dated December 8th 2007. Compare that to the news about DMX, Clariion and probably almost every other product put out by EMC and InVista doesn’t get much press. In fact general opinion perceives InVista as EMC’s problem child, finding trouble gaining acceptance with storage managers at large. Why?
To be honest, I’m not sure why. The *concept* of fabric-based virtualisation seems appealing and once the appliance has been integrated into a SAN, data migration should be simple. Perhaps there’s a lack of trust in the scalability or performance, perhaps a lack of trust that the product actually works, perhaps a nervousness in placing yet another layer into the infrastructure which, if it fails, could be massively disruptive to normal storage operations.
That leads to the question – what should EMC do? I doubt they will drop the product, as that will give competitors (especially IBM & SVC) too much of a marketing opportunity. Maybe they will acquire a competitor (like Incipient) and slowly transform InVista into a new product. I don’t have a crystal ball to answer that one.
I’ll close with one thought – are there any other products with the word “Vista” out there that are also equally dismissed and derided?