SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-August 31,
2010-Today at VMworld 2010, in support of the newly
released VMware View™ 4.5,
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced that the integration of its
storage technologies enable VMware View 4.5 customers to
achieve enhanced storage efficiency
and virtual desktop scalability, while improving desktop
performance levels for end users. To underscore this capability,
NetApp and VMware collaborated to build a 50,000-seat virtual
desktop infrastructure reference architecture that easily scales
without sacrificing performance.
"As organizations continue on the path to IT
as a service, they are looking for scalable virtual desktop
solutions at lower cost," said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president,
End-user Computing Products, VMware. "Our partnership with NetApp
helps our joint customers improve data management while
cost-effectively implementing a truly scalable, high-performance
VMware View 4.5 solution."
In a virtual desktop environment, each
virtual machine can consist of the same operating software and
application software, and can be tied to hundreds or thousands of
users' documents, spreadsheets, and presentations across multiple
desktops. As a result, storage capacity requirements for desktop
data can increase to tens or even hundreds of terabytes,
dramatically impacting performance while driving up the costs and
management of both the storage stack and the desktop virtualization
infrastructure. NetApp helps customers gain control and reduce the
cost of storage for VMware® View™ desktops to nearly
one-third the cost of alternative storage solutions.
Integrated with VMware View 4.5, NetApp
improves desktop efficiencies by extending critical operations such
as backup and recovery, deduplication, desktop cloning, and storage
system monitoring directly to desktop and server administrators.
NetApp also helps significantly improve performance with Flash
Cache, which allows read requests to be served out of high-speed,
solid-state cache that can be up to 100 times faster than average
high-speed disk drives.
NetApp and VMware recently teamed to build a
global 50,000-seat desktop virtualization reference architecture,
currently the largest documented virtual desktop deployment, to
provide customers with a joint architecture that is easy to
replicate and deploy. The flexible and dynamic solution supporting
a Windows® 7 environment was built using NetApp® FAS
storage, NetApp Virtual Storage Console, VMware View 4.5, and
VMware vSphere™. Cisco, Fujitsu, and Wyse also collaborated
on the project and provided the server, network, and thin-client
technology to deliver an end-to-end scalable solution. In addition
to getting an industry-leading partner ecosystem with a track
record in desktop virtualization, customers also benefit from a
proven architecture that easily scales from 5,000 to 50,000+ seats
with minimal impact to performance.
virtualization helps improve the efficiency, reliability, and
availability of resources, creating a more flexible infrastructure
with greater cost savings," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of
Solutions and Alliances at NetApp. "By seamlessly integrating
NetApp with VMware View™ 4.5, together we provide a complete,
secure, and easy-to-manage solution that enables organizations to
completely and cost-effectively virtualize their desktops without
For additional perspective on desktop
virtualization and the NetApp and VMware 50,000-seat testing, visit
Vaughn Stewart's blog at blogs.netapp.com/virtualstorageguy.
Visit NetApp at VMworld 2010 San
Customers can learn more about NetApp solutions for VMware View 4.5
at VMworld 2010 San Francisco in booth #601. For more information
on NetApp presentations focused on desktop
virtualization and cloud computing at
VMworld 2010 San Francisco, visit communities.netapp.com/community/events/vmworld.
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