Virsto Software first entered the virtualization market back in February of this year, claiming it could solve the storage I/O bottleneck challenges caused by hypervisors and the increased density of additional virtual machines.
With an interesting twist, the company launched its storage optimization technology for virtual infrastructures powered by Microsoft Hyper-V instead of going with the obvious choice of VMware, the virtualization market leader. The company claimed it eventually could support VMware and other hypervisor technologies, but for now it remains focused on Hyper-V. That's great news for Microsoft; if the company wants to beat VMware at the hypervisor game, it'll have to build out a software ecosystem to help level the playing field when it comes to the application stacks surrounding Hyper-V.
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This week, the company announced an update to its flagship product, Virsto One Version 1.2. The new platform still only provides support for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor despite the fact that the market continues to be dominated by VMware and its ESX technology. It seems like the company is happy to solely ride this train for the foreseeable future.
According to Virsto, many of its customers use System Center software to manage their Hyper-V systems. Because of that, customers were driving Virsto to increase support for additional Microsoft technologies. Virsto responded by joining the Microsoft System Center Alliance program and added support in Version 1.2 for the following:
- Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 -- leverages the Rapid Provisioning option, allowing users to provision new virtual machines without the time required for a network copy of the VHD.
- Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2010 -- delivers to users a faster data protection solution for Microsoft server applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.
- Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Service (VSS) -- ensures that users deploying storage compatible with Hyper-V and the Hyper-V VSS Writer can perform a full server backup that helps protect all of the data required to fully restore the server.