Whiteboarding with the Woz: The Basics of Virtualization

Posted: 28 Mar 2013   By: Jodi Mardesich
Whiteboarding with the Woz: The Basics of Virtualization

Virtualization was invented in 1990, but it is still just beginning to realize its potential. Why? Because outdated storage architectures have held progress back. As Fusion-io Chief Scientist Steve Wozniak explains in this video, servers CPUs are becoming more powerful, but they can't get enough data to keep them busy.

An underutilized CPU is like a mansion with just one person living in it. The owner decides to rent out extra rooms, but the house has only one bathroom. Imagine the bottleneck when everyone tries to get ready in the morning. Using ioMemory is like replacing the one sink in the bathroom with multiple sinks. Now everyone can use the resources at the same time.

Adding ioMemory to struggling virtualization infrastructure is like replacing the old sink. Now the applications sharing the CPU don't have to wait for shared resources like storage or memory, and they can get near-instant access to the resources they need.

For more information, visit www.fusionio.com/virtualization.

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Jodi Mardesich

Fusion-io Product Communications Manager
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