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August 30, 2011 08:06 ET

Virsto Enters VMware Market; Announces Virsto for VDI, vSphere Edition

Company Introduces the Industry's First Multi-Hypervisor Solution to Transform Storage for Virtual Machines

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - VMworld 2011 -- Virsto™ Software, an innovative provider of VM-centric storage hypervisor software, today reached a significant milestone in the company's product roadmap and vision by extending support to VMware vSphere. With today's beta release announcement of Virsto for VDI, vSphere Edition, Virsto becomes the industry's first multi-hypervisor solution to address the storage challenges specific to virtualized environments.

Just as the hypervisor did for servers, Virsto is delivering new levels of efficiency, affordability and agility for storage in virtualized environments. Traditionally, provisioning storage in virtualized environments required a choice between production-level performance and efficient storage capacity consumption. With its hypervisor-agnostic, software-based approach to storage virtualization, only Virsto combines performance and efficiency to fundamentally transform the economics of storage for virtual machines (VMs).

Virsto Drives Cost Savings, Performance Gains and Accelerated VDI Deployments
Virsto for VDI, first launched in April 2011, is a hypervisor-based storage virtualization software solution proven to reduce overall storage costs for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) projects by 70 percent or more. Virsto arms private and public cloud architects with new storage efficiency and rapid provisioning gains to remove one of the largest obstacles to VDI adoption, the excessive cost of storage per virtual desktop.

Virsto for VDI, vSphere Edition, offers a new, no-compromise approach to storage virtualization. Virsto specifically enhances vSphere by delivering consistent high performance, with storage thin provisioning and greatly simplified, self-service bulk provisioning of VMs, all managed through a seamless integration with the vCenter management interface.

No-compromise storage virtualization delivers:

  • Efficiency: High performance, space-efficient Virsto vClones consume up to 90 percent less storage capacity than traditional approaches. Virsto delivers fixed VMDK performance with thin provisioned VMs.

  • Affordability: Virsto changes the economics of storage for VDI, delivering significantly improved I/O performance, while reducing back-end storage hardware cost per desktop by up to 70 percent or more. Virsto provides enhanced performance and high-end storage management features to lower cost arrays, while improving performance of SSD-based storage.

  • Agility: Virsto simplifies and accelerates virtual desktop provisioning at scale through a rapid-provisioning wizard within vCenter and enables self-service VM storage provisioning and management. Thousands of VDI instances can be provisioned in minutes, while unlimited snapshots and thin-provisioned clones enable projects to easily scale to tens of thousands of virtual desktops.

Founded in 2007, Virsto has developed the first and only multi-hypervisor storage virtualization software solution built for virtual machines. A close partner of VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, the company has a proven track record of storage virtualization innovation. Virsto's software lets all organizations, including enterprise, private and public cloud customers reap the full benefits of server and desktop virtualization, increasing performance while lowering storage costs.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for Virsto for VDI is $2,800 per host.
Virsto for VDI, vSphere Edition is now in Beta, with general availability planned for Q4 2011. Virsto for VDI, Hyper-V Edition is available now. For more information visit

Supporting Quotes
"Virsto was founded with the vision of doing for storage what VMware did for servers: delivering an abstraction layer that enables an order of magnitude greater efficiency, affordability, and agility. With today's announcement, Virsto delivers the first purpose-engineered multi-hypervisor storage software solution for virtualized environments. Virsto fundamentally changes the economics of VM storage, to the benefit of our customers and ecosystem of partners."
- Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto

"The build out of private cloud environments requires a new wave of innovation in order to deliver scale-out economics and simplified management of storage resources in virtualized environments. The center of gravity in the data center has shifted to the management and provisioning of virtual machines. It's important to evaluate companies that can deliver differentiated solutions that support these trends and will help make the converged data center a reality.(1)"
- Vanessa Alvarez, Forrester Research, Inc.

"Anyone looking to implement an enterprise-class VDI solution must consider Virsto Software for this key part of their VDI environment. Virsto not only makes affordable persistent image VDI attainable; but by providing the management simplicity of persistent-image VDI with the minimal storage requirements offered by non-persistent approaches it has the potential to significantly increase VDI adoption."
- Simon Bramfitt, Desktop Virtualization Analyst, The Virtualization Practice

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About Virsto Software
Virsto Software delivers no-compromise storage virtualization software for virtual machines: Efficient, Affordable, Agile. Virsto offers the industry's first VM-centric storage hypervisor that delivers unlimited high-performance, thin-provisioned snapshots and clones to dramatically improve storage utilization, reduce cost and simplify VM storage provisioning. Founded in 2007, Virsto Software is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit

(1) Alvarez, Vanessa. "Virtualization And Storage Must Go Hand In Hand To Achieve Efficiencies." [Blog] Vanessa Alvarez' Blog. Forrester Research, Inc., 23 Aug. 2011.

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