NetApp Makes VMware View Virtual Desktops More Efficient With Cloning and Acceleration Technology
SYDNEY, Australia - 07 April
2009-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced new storage and
data management advances for VMware ViewTM to help customers deploy
and operate virtual desktop environments faster and more
efficiently. NetApp also announced that it is now a VMware
Authorised Consultant (VAC) partner and can help customers better
design, implement, and optimise their VMware® environments.
Together, these announcements underline NetApp's commitment to
helping customers adopt desktop virtualization through
technological innovation, collaboration, and support.
NetApp's new Rapid Cloning Utility 2.0
simplifies the way administrators clone VMware virtual machines and
datastores, providing greater ease through automation. Rapid
Cloning Utility is a free plug-in for the VMware vCentreTM suite of
management products that integrates core NetApp® technologies
with VMware management tools to provide multiple storage efficiency
and performance enhancements. Now customers can significantly
reduce the amount of time IT personnel must spend to provision
multiple virtual desktops by using a simple graphical interface to
create new virtual machines nearly instantly. In conjunction with
NetApp FlexClone®, a single image can be replicated hundreds
of times in minutes while using almost no additional storage
capacity. NetApp offers fully automated provisioning tools for
VMware environments that extend savings value into storage
Customers can also boost virtual desktop
performance using deduplication-aware intelligent cache combined
with the solid-state Performance Accelerator Module and using
intelligent cache with deduplication. This enables high-speed cache
to serve a greater number of virtual desktops while the Performance
Accelerator Module increases solid-state cache to boost performance
throughput for large environments. Recent NetApp internal tests
show that users can increase performance up to 70%, reduce boot
times by 50%, and realise significant savings in purchase price,
rack space, and energy use.
"Storage costs should never prevent virtual
desktop projects from getting off the ground or meeting ROI goals,"
said Jeff Jennings, vice president, Desktop Products and Solutions,
VMware. "VMware View Composer, a component of VMware View,
leverages our linked clones technology, which helps control storage
costs by reducing the storage needs for virtual desktops. NetApp
complements VMware View by seamlessly integrating storage
efficiency technologies such as deduplication, FlexClone, and Rapid
Cloning Utilities. The integrated solution from VMware and NetApp
provides customers with a unified, flexible, and economical
solution for deploying and managing secure, personalized virtual
"It was important to our business to find a
storage solution that would allow us to expand our virtual desktop
deployment without incurring the high costs of a one-to-one
desktop-to-storage relationship," said Dave Dephillis, manager of
IT Operations at Allied Cash Advance, one of the nation's largest
providers of payday advances. "By using NetApp storage for our
VMware virtual desktop and server environment, we have seen more
than a 90% reduction in capacity requirements for XP workstations.
That translates to a huge cost savings. With this high level of
storage efficiency, we've had the cost efficiency to continue to
grow our virtual desktop deployment."
NetApp expects most customers will see
dramatic reductions in storage capacity requirements. The company
will even guarantee reduced storage needs by 50% through the NetApp
Virtualization Guarantee* Program.
With NetApp, customers also have available
the training and support needed to quickly deploy a virtual desktop
solution that is customised to meet their business goals. As a VAC
partner, NetApp has access to VMware tools and resources to design
and implement virtual environments that boost customer productivity
and cut costs.
"With tightened IT budgets, our customers are
now accelerating virtualization projects to cut costs and maximize
efficiency," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions
Marketing at NetApp. "By partnering with our customers at every
step, we help them reduce the cost of implementing or migrating to
a VMware solution and substantially reduce payback times on their
Customer pricing for products described in this press release is
available from NetApp sales or reseller partners. Rapid Cloning
Utility 2.0 and Performance Accelerator Module are available
For more information on NetApp Virtualization
Desktop Infrastructure solutions and a demo of Rapid Cloning
Utility, please visit the VDI Ask the Experts session at
For more information on the NetApp
Virtualization Guarantee Program, visit www.netapp.com/au/guarantee.
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