IBM Releases Virtual Storage Optimizer
- By Chris Riedel
IBM has unveiled a new storage solution designed to help organizations take
advantage of cloud computing technology in order to significantly reduce their
virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage needs.
IBM's Virtual Storage Optimizer (VSO) is designed to help organizations reduce
their VDI storage overhead by up to 80 percent, based on current results.
The VSO is available now as a part of IBM's Virtual Infrastructure Access (VIA)
services and is based on an IBM Research-developed algorithm that not only decreases
the physical storage needs of virtual desktops, but also provides for faster,
more efficient creation of new desktop images, as well as reduced overall energy
consumption, according to IBM.
"VSO helps businesses more efficiently manage physical storage requirements
and improve utilization rates, energy efficiency, availability, and scalability
of critical applications," said Jan Jackman, vice president of End-User
Services in IBM's Global Technology Services, in a prepared statement. "VSO
further extends our ability to help businesses and schools embrace cloud computing
models that accommodate employee mobility and enhance end-user productivity."
In addition to the new VDI offerings, IBM has also developed technology and
business partnerships with VMware and Desktone. The partnerships are intended
to result in a set of solutions for a range of organizations, including government
and educational institutions.
Chris Riedel is a freelance writer based in Florida.