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Virsto Storage Hypervisor Adds Support for Citrix XenDesktop
Company Introduces Beta of Virsto for XenDesktop on vSphere; First VM-Centric Storage Hypervisor Changes Economics of Virtual Desktop Storage
By: Marketwire .
May. 9, 2012 10:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/12 -- Citrix Synergy 2012 - Virsto® Software, an innovative provider of VM-centric storage hypervisor software, announced that it is deepening its commitment to Citrix desktop virtualization solutions with the release of a beta program for Citrix® XenDesktop® on vSphere. The integration of Virsto's purpose-built storage hypervisor for virtual machines (VMs) with Citrix XenDesktop delivers dramatic savings on storage in virtual desktop deployments with accelerated provisioning and simplified management of thousands of virtual desktops.
A close partner of Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, Virsto has established a proven track record of virtual machine storage innovation. Its ability to help organizations reap the full benefits of server virtualization with increased I/O performance and dramatically lower storage costs has proven especially well-suited to removing the severe I/O bottlenecks and delivering accelerated provisioning for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
Just as the hypervisor did for servers, Virsto delivers new levels of efficiency, affordability and agility for storage in virtualized environments with its storage hypervisor software. Traditionally, provisioning storage in virtualized environments requires a choice between production-level performance and efficient storage capacity consumption. With its hypervisor-agnostic, software approach to VM storage, only Virsto combines performance and efficiency to fundamentally transform the economics of storage for VMs.
Virsto changes the economics of XenDesktop deployments
Organizations already using XenDesktop can take advantage of Virsto's unique virtual storage architecture -- a software-only storage hypervisor -- while using native Citrix desktop management workflows. This is because Virsto seamlessly integrates into existing workflows, presenting high performance, space-efficient storage that is instantly provisioned and fully supports high availability features like failover, using any block-based storage already in the environment.
Virsto for XenDesktop on vSphere delivers:
Pricing and Availability
"For successful, scalable desktop virtualization, customers need access to optimized storage solutions. Virsto is developing a solid approach that allows customers to manage storage costs for XenDesktop deployments running on vSphere, while ensuring that users get the high-definition user experience they've come to expect from XenDesktop."
"Virsto represents an innovative approach to delivering higher performance and better utilization of storage capacity in virtualized environments with simplified management of storage resources for virtual machines. New approaches like this are changing the economics of storage for virtual desktop and server environments. Introducing Virsto on XenDesktop extends the company's ability to deliver differentiated solutions to both of the leading VDI brokers in the market."
Editor's note: Attending Citrix Synergy 2012 next week? Please stop by Virsto booth #705 for a demo and product overview.
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