vps – Virtual Storage Pools vps is a system component of Virtualisation Platform 7. This is a pre-beta version and it is expected that the final release will be slightly different. But still, some of the features are listed below:
Added vpsd: Virtual Storage Device Provider
This virtual device is a virtual device that emulates a standard virtual storage device such as an ISA or SATA. The vpsd uses HPFS for standard file systems such as NFS and fs.org for file servers. You can create vpsd profiles that will either emulate disk drives or share storage between multiple VMFS-based disk drives. By using vps you can deploy a mix of traditional physical and virtual storage.
According to HP, vps was made for virtualisation. This means that vps does not support HDDs for PCs. Instead, it takes advantage of traditional storage or virtualisation technologies. For now, HP believes that vps can help avoid an expansion of the storage footprint of a VM. This is because there is a large amount of standard storage available from Storage Spaces and other systems.
Enhanced Remote Storage
vssd is used for remote storage of Virtual Machine objects and then distributed to storage servers. But, now HP introduced enhanced remote storage. This is a new method of virtualisation that improves the storage of VM objects. Because of this method, the process of virtualising physical storage is improved, by moving VM object from their physical location to their virtual location. This process is called disk-to-VM migration, which moves physical disks from one place to another.
By using this method, you can now optimise the storage performance for specific workloads. There is an easier way to manage and schedule disks. You can also introduce additional space for your VM object storage. This process could also be used as a replacement for vssd if vss becomes obsolete.
vps Hardware Overview
The vps hardware framework was developed by Dr. Don Fuller and Mark Collier at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Engineering department. For nearly a decade, they had been trying to make an operating system capable of virtualization that would run on inexpensive, off-the-shelf components. The vps hardware comes from a pair of industry-leading motherboard vendors, MSI and SuperMicro. The hardware team was able to develop a working OS and hypervisor for the vps hardware in a couple of months.
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Software Defined Infrastructure
The vps hypervisor, vhdx-gtk and associated systems management tools form a virtualization stack that can support virtual machines running on traditional computers and on high-end supercomputers.
Hypervisor Application Scene
We evaluated how vps worked in three different types of virtual environments: