SOURCE: Virsto


March 06, 2012 09:05 ET

SDSU Selects Virsto Software to Reduce VDI Storage Costs With VMware View

Virsto's Storage Hypervisor Changes Storage Economics at San Diego State University

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2012) - Virsto® Software, the leading provider of storage hypervisor software, today announced that San Diego State University (SDSU) Library has successfully deployed Virsto for vSphere. Recognized as a core component to a major virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiative for the university, Virsto provides SDSU Library IT administrators with improved virtual machine storage performance, capacity savings and automated bulk provisioning. The combination of Virsto for vSphere and VMware® View™ provides students, faculty and staff with streamlined access to software and applications anytime, anywhere.

SDSU serves 35,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty and staff. The university provides open laboratories with upwards of 800 public access computers available for research and general use. SDSU prides itself on offering technology that supports its academic mission by delivering students and faculty 24/7 access to innovative software and applications. Managing a large number of end points in an efficient and cost effective manner was a key challenge the SDSU Library IT team had identified as a high priority initiative.

Desktop virtualization represents the latest achievement in a virtualization initiative that began in SDSU Library's datacenter in 2009 -- today SDSU Library's datacenter is nearly 85 percent virtualized. SDSU began researching multiple approaches and architectures to extend this virtualization initiative to include desktop virtualization.

Virsto for vSphere: Simplifying the Cost & Complexity of Storage in VDI
SDSU created a VDI environment with VMware View and Dell™ EqualLogic™ storage to evaluate products and develop a VDI reference architecture. After extensive testing with multiple solutions, Virsto was selected for its ability to maximize VDI host density and storage capacity utilization, improve desktop performance and integrate tightly with VMware View provisioning workflows to deliver the lowest total cost per desktop.

Installation, configuration and testing were primarily wizard driven and all of the software, installers and virtual appliances were easy to download and integrate into SDSU's current environment without disruption or downtime. Because the university library's IT staff includes multiple server and desktop system administrators, Virsto's management simplicity and automation of storage provisioning were standout features, enabling these groups to perform storage self-provisioning and bulk patching operations without having to engage traditional storage teams for the day to day support of VDI environments.

Virsto's Storage Hypervisor addressed a problem SDSU was experiencing in their current environment -- the complexity of managing storage arrays as well as the challenge of how to best deploy costly solid state disk (SSD) efficiently and effectively to boost performance. With Virsto's scalable snapshots and high-performance writable clones, SDSU Library desktop administrators can provision virtual desktops in bulk operations, utilizing a small amount of SSD capacity backed by low cost rotating disks efficiently managed by Virsto's patent-pending solution.

Key Benefits of Virsto for vSphere
Virsto's no-compromise approach to storage virtualization delivers consistent high performance, with storage thin provisioning and greatly simplified, self-service bulk provisioning of virtual machines (VMs), all of which are managed through a seamless integration with the VMware vCenter™ management interface. This level of integration alleviated the headache of SDSU having to manage multiple consoles. Other valuable benefits to SDSU include:

  • 100 percent software-only solution, providing native hypervisor and block based storage support
  • VDI density per host increased by 2x with improved VDI endpoint performance
  • Seamless integration for existing VM management and provisioning workflows through VMware vCenter and View Manager
  • Ease of use allowing less-experienced system administrators to rapidly deploy virtual machine storage in VDI environments

Supporting Quotes
"The cost, complexity, and inflexibility of typical storage architectures are well known to have limited the growth of the VDI market. Now, enterprises like SDSU are using Virsto to deliver to their end users a great virtual desktop experience without the cost, risk, and lock-in associated with traditional storage. The transforming efficiency, cost savings and agility benefits of the Virsto solution are allowing the savviest IT organizations to more rapidly deliver superior VDI solutions at lower cost."
-Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto Software

"Virsto's innovative software approach to storage met our immediate and future virtualization needs, combining a strong engineering and technical team with implementation services that took the time to really understand our environment and our ultimate objectives for the project. As we deploy Virsto for vSphere, we have begun receiving favorable feedback from other departments on campus and a high level of interest in how the product makes VDI more accessible to other areas within SDSU. We look forward to building upon our success with Virsto for vSphere with VMware View and Dell EqualLogic."
-Kyle E. Murley, Lead of Library Digital Technology Initiatives, San Diego State University

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About Virsto
Virsto Software delivers the industry's first VM-centric storage hypervisor, changing the economics of storage in virtualized environments. Virsto improves storage utilization by up to 90 percent, increases performance by up to 10x, and accelerates VM storage provisioning by more than 99 percent. Virsto reduces the cost and complexity of storage for VDI, test and development, Tier I application virtualization, cloud computing and other virtualization initiatives. Founded in 2007, Virsto is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit

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