VMware acquires Virsto to boost storage virtualization offering

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 12, 2013

Datacenter
In an effort to advance its storage virtualization portfolio and also to further its software-defined datacentre, VMWare is buying Virsto for an undisclosed sum, according to gigaom.com

It is interesting to note that VMware, whose parent company is storage leader EMC, last year broke into network virtualization via its $1.26 billion Nicira buy, and is now honing its storage virtualization message and expertise as well, wrote gigaom.com

“Our customers have told us that managing performance and data services for virtual machines can be challenging, especially in I/O-intensive environments like virtual desktops. Virsto has developed a VM-centric storage management model that accelerates I/O performance for any block-based storage system while providing efficient data services like VM snapshots and clones. These technologies have helped Virsto customers significantly improve the performance and utilization of their storage systems,” gigaom quoted John Gilmartin, VMware VP, as writing on his blog.

VMware will keep selling Virsto’s standalone appliance but will also loop Virsto’s data management services into upcoming VMware products, Gilmartin was quoted as saying.

The website also quoted Wikibon analyst David Floyey’s blog as he wrote in his blog that the one rationale for this deal was Microsoft’s decision to include Storage Spaces storage-pooling capability in Windows Server 2012. VMware, he wrote, wants to provide “the same type of simplicity and software-led services that Storage Spaces provides to Hyper-V and Windows 2012. This is a move away from the complex APIs that have previously been provided to help integrate storage arrays with VMware.”

This acquisition is just the latest evidence of VMware’s attempt to push beyond its core server virtualization into software defined data centers where compute is just one piece of the puzzle. That push is also one reason VMware decided to spin off “non-core” technologies like Cloud Foundry, Cetas and vFabric offerings to the Pivotal Initiative late last year, wrote Barb Darrow on the website.