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[December 04, 2012]

Virsto for vSphere 2.0 Delivers Software Defined Storage to the Data Centre

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) . New release optimised for the data centre, offering enhanced HA capabilities, support for tier 1 workloads & production environments . Award-winning storage hypervisor offers fully-integrated support for VMware View and now also Citrix XenDesktop . Delivers advantages in performance, provisioning speed and space efficiency, while preserving familiar XenDesktop workflows London, UK -- Virsto R Software, an innovative provider of VM-centric storage hypervisor software, today announced the general availability of Virsto for vSphere 2.0 . The new version offers fully-integrated support for both Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View, enhanced high availability (HA) capabilities and significant workflow optimisations. With Virsto for vSphere 2.0, XenDesktop customers can achieve an over 50 percent reduction in storage cost per desktop, while improving VDI performance up to 10x.

Just as the hypervisor did for servers, Virsto's storage hypervisor achieves new levels of efficiency, affordability and agility for storage in virtualised environments. Traditionally, provisioning storage in virtualised environments required a compromise: production-level performance or efficient storage capacity consumption. With its hypervisor-agnostic, 100 percent software approach, Virsto combines performance and efficiency to fundamentally transform the economics of storage for virtual machines (VMs).

Virsto for vSphere 2.0 delivers efficient, affordable and agile storage for VMs As the industry's first VM-centric storage hypervisor, Virsto delivers differentiated software-defined storage functionality to each virtual machine, regardless of the underlying storage. With Virsto, all storage presented to virtual machines is high performance, thin-provisioned and instantly available. Virsto removes the storage inefficiencies of virtualised workloads and enables IT to achieve the full performance potential of the block-based storage deployed to support virtualised environments. IT administrators no longer need to trade off performance against space efficiency based on workload, with Virsto software, all workloads can now be virtualised cost effectively, with predictable high performance.

New features and benefits in Virsto for vSphere 2.0 include: . Data centre ready: Virsto for vSphere 2.0 offers a series of enhancements providing improved support for tier 1 applications with faster, more comprehensive automated recovery options, monitoring of the Virsto infrastructure now integrated into vCentre and the ability to leverage pre-existing vCentre security roles and permissions, while taking advantage of Virsto-enhanced workflows.

. Full support for Citrix XenDesktop VDI: In the same way that Virsto supports VMware View on vSphere, Virsto now also integrates with XenDesktop to completely preserve the image, image update and image rollback workflows that XenDesktop administrators are already using in Citrix Desktop Studio, while delivering higher-performance, space-efficient VDI for 50% lower cost per desktop for storage.

. Improved integration with existing workflows: With Virsto for vSphere 2.0, customers can experience a seamless handoff between Virsto and Citrix Desktop Studio and menu-level integration with VMware vCentre to maintain existing provisioning workflows - delivering all of the value of Virsto's space efficient, high performance VDI with no additional training required.

. Integrated wizard-based provisioning: Optimised for cloud scale deployments, Virsto's integrated wizard-based provisioning can instantly create up to 10,000 high performance, space-efficient, cluster-aware clones.

Virsto delivers significant capital expense savings, as well as significant operational efficiencies.

Virsto's storage hypervisor provides the most efficient provisioning, management and utilisation of storage for the software defined datacentre. A close partner of VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, Virsto has a proven track record of innovation in storage and virtualisation. Virsto's software lets all organisations reap the full benefits of server and desktop virtualisation, increasing performance while lowering storage costs.

Pricing and availability Virsto for vSphere 2.0 is available immediately with subscription based pricing starting at $2,500 per TB. For more information, contact sales@virsto.com.

Supporting quotes "With the new release of Virsto for vSphere, we are continuing to drive innovation through software in the storage hypervisor, delivering sophisticated data services, per-VM management granularity and increased business agility. Virsto's leadership in software defined storage is extended yet again." Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto "Enterprise storage decisions must always look beyond the upfront costs, and consider the long-term costs of management, hardware additions, human resources and so on. For VDI initiatives, a failure to appreciate this, and act accordingly, leads to projects that stall or fall apart. One of the specific contributory elements is the under-utilisation of storage - aka wasted money - that's inherent in much traditional storage; conversely, Virsto's approach increases utilisation and improves storage management, without compromising performance or efficiency; and it can thus be central to a fully software defined data centre." Mark Peters, Senior Analyst, ESG Meet Virsto at the Gartner Data Centre Conference Visit Virsto in booth #745 at the Gartner Data Centre Conference taking place in Las Vegas, NV from December 3-6, 2012. To schedule a live product demo or a briefing at the show, please contact virsto@kulesafaul.com.

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The Missing Link in Software Defined Storage . Virsto Blog . Virsto on Slideshare . Virsto on YouTube . Virsto on Twitter About Virsto Software VirstoR Software delivers the industry's first VM-centric storage hypervisor, changing the economics of storage in virtualised environments.

Virsto improves storage utilisation 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 1 application virtualisation, cloud computing and other virtualisation initiatives. Founded in 2007, Virsto is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit www.virsto.com.

Virsto is a registered trademark of Virsto Software. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Sarrah Morgan/Federica Monsone A3 Communications Federica Monsone Tel: +44 (0) 1252 875 203 sarrah.morgan@a3communications.co.uk fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com)).

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