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Virsto sets sites on improving VMware storage performance

Headlines: Virsto launches Virsto for vSphere to improve VMware storage performance, two years after it launched with a similar product for Micrsoft Hyper-V.

Storage channel news roundup for Jan. 12 to Jan. 18, 2012

Virsto sets sites on improving VMware storage performance 

Two years after launching Virsto for Hyper-V, Virsto Software Corp. is ready to take on VMware storage performance with Virsto for vSphere. Virsto this week added VMware support to its storage virtualization software for virtual server environments and upgraded its Hyper-V application with greater integration with Microsoft applications.

Virsto is one of the vendors that uses the “storage hypervisor” tag for its software, which is designed to improve the performance of storage used with virtual servers. Virsto claims it can improve virtual machine I/O performance by 10 times and can nearly double storage utilization in some cases.

Read the full story on Virsto’s addition of VMware support to its storage virtualization software.

Atlantis ILIO Diskless boots VDI faster, reduces VDI storage 

Atlantis Computing this week released its ILIO Diskless VDI product, which uses RAM instead of disk drives to boot up images in nonpersistent Citrix or VMware VDI deployments. Using RAM speeds performance and can reduce the amount of dedicated VDI storage required.

Atlantis Computing claims that using memory in place of disk drives reduces the boot time for a virtual desktop to 12 seconds, compared with the typical one-minute or so boot time for physical desktops.

Check out this tip on VDI storage costs and customer expectations.

EMC gives Project Lightning a name

EMC failed to push its Project Lightning server-based PCIe solid-state flash product out the door by the end of 2011 as the vendor pledged, but industry sources say it will officially launch soon under the name of VFCache.

EMC recently registered a trademark for the VFCache name under the description: “Computer hardware, namely, data caching devices including flash memory devices and computer software for data storage and data management.”

Find out the pros and cons of PCIe SSD and some VAR recommendations.

AutoVirt’s demise another blow to file virtualization 

AutoVirt shut its doors this month, leaving people in the industry to wonder what the future holds for file virtualization.

AutoVirt followed other file virtualization companies and products to the grave. Industry experts say IT managers have a hard time justifying its purchase to higher-level executives as a need-to-have rather than a nice-to-have tool.

“I’m not surprised,” Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting, said of AutoVirt’s demise. “AutoVirt was not solving an urgent problem. It was an important problem. People tend to spend money on urgent problems and put off spending money on important problems.”

Read the full story on the end of file virtualization company AutoVirt.

IDrive announces online backup for ‘unlimited’ number of PCs, mobile devices

California-based IDrive Inc. this week announced an update to its online backup service will cover an “unlimited” number of PCs, tablets and mobile devices.

According to IDrive, business customers can store 50 GB for $9.95 per month or $99.50 for the year, and that cost includes “priority customer support.” Other business options include 100 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB in storage, which are also available in monthly and annual pricing packages.

Check out the full blog post on IDrive’s update to its online backup.

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