Tuesday, February 12, 2013

VMware to Acquire Virsto for Virtual Storage Optimization

VMware agreed to acquire Virsto Software, a start-up offering software for optimizing storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Virsto, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Sunnyvale, California, developed a storage hypervisor that does for storage what the server hypervisor did for servers.  Virsto’s storage hypervisor delivers high performance, space efficient virtual storage at the individual VM level, serving up advanced per-VM data services from any existing block-based storage device, from JBOD to SSD.

Virsto is backed by Canaan Partners, August Capital, InterWest Partners, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Correlation Ventures.

VMware said its strategy is to extend the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, network, storage and the associated security and availability services.  Virsto will expand VMware’s storage portfolio, which includes the storage virtualization and management capabilities of VMware vSphere and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance. In addition, EMC plans to license the Virsto technology, extending the cooperative efforts between the two companies in storage architectures.

“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.”


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