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Virsto Buy To Expand VMware's Storage Portfolio

By Craig Galbraith
February 12, 2013 - News

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VMware has a deal in place to buy Virsto Software, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments.

"VMware is committed to continuing to deliver software innovations that bring significant efficiencies to our customers while simplifying infrastructure and IT," said John Gilmartin, vice president of storage and availability, VMware. "We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure."

Organizations are looking for solutions to address the increasing complexity and cost of storage within virtual and cloud environments, particularly for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), large software development and test centers and to support business-critical applications. Virsto provides storage-optimization technologies designed to improve storage performance and utilization in these environments. When implemented within a VDI, Virsto says it can reduce the cost of storage per desktop by as much as 70 percent.

VMware says the acquisition of Virsto will expand its storage portfolio, which includes the storage virtualization and management capabilities of VMware vSphere and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance. In addition, EMC Corp. plans to license the Virsto technology, extending the cooperative efforts between the two companies in storage architectures.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. It's scheduled to wrap in the first quarter assuming closing conditions are met.

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