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February 14, 2013

VMware Acquires Virsto, the Performance-Enhancing Drug of Virtualization

VMWare is in the pen-and-paper stage of getting an agreement signed in which it will acquire Virsto Software, a company that has revolutionized storage in hypervised environments.

A long-standing problem with virtualization is that the more machines you add, the less performance you get out of them. This forces you to invest in costly enhanced storage devices, turning virtualization into an ornamental art rather than a real money-saver. As more costs pile up, it really might not be worth all the fuss when you notice a 38 percent drop in performance after adding eight virtual machines. To counter this problem, Virsto introduces its own storage solution that acts as an I/O layer within the ESXi environment. Its organization of I/O structures allow for an organized, predictable pattern for data allocation that leads to a mere 4 percent drop in performance in an eight-machine situation!

So, the magic I/O company's bright idea will soon be property of the very makers of vSphere. VMWare's plan with Virsto is as follows, according to John Gilmartin, VP of Storage & Availability at VMWare... Read More

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