NetApp Makes VMware View Virtual Desktops More Efficient with Cloning and Acceleration Technology
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 7, 2009
- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced new storage and
data management advances for VMware View™ to help
customers deploy and operate virtual desktop environments faster
and more efficiently. NetApp also announced that it is now a VMware
Authorized Consultant (VAC) partner and can help customers better
design, implement, and
optimize 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 vCenter™
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 infrastructures.
Customers can also boost virtual desktop
performance using deduplication-aware intelligent cache combined
with the solid-state Performance Accelerator. 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 realize
significant savings in purchase price, rack space, and energy
"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 customized 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 the NetApp
Virtualization Guarantee Program, visit www.netapp.com/guarantee.
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*This guarantee and related Program
are limited to the terms set forth in www.netapp.com/guarantee
applicable only to prospective orders placed after the Program
effective date and are dependent upon your compliance with the
terms and conditions set forth in this document and any of the
instruction sets and specifications set forth in the referenced
documents. NetApp's sole and exclusive liability and your sole and
exclusive remedy associated with the terms of this guarantee and
related Program is the provision by NetApp of the additional
storage capacity as set forth in this guarantee and related