VMware Buys CloudVolumes
The application-delivery technology is expected to be integrated with Horizon 6.
VMware has beefed up its virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) capabilities with the purchase of CloudVolumes, a company that specializes in real-time application delivery technology.
Today's announcement from VMware emphasized how CloudVolumes' technology will fit in. "With the addition of CloudVolumes to the VMware End-User Computing portfolio, VMware Horizon 6 customers will be able to lower their desktop and application infrastructure and management costs while giving end-users a personalized experience."
"Customers are looking to modernize their existing Windows application delivery architecture to be more like mobile IT," VMware executive Sumit Dhawan said in a press release. "The combination of CloudVolumes and VMware Horizon will allow customers to build a real-time application delivery system that enables all applications to be centrally managed, always available and up-to-date, and delivered to virtualized environments for desktop, server or cloud on-demand."
A blog on VMware's site from CloudVolumes' Harry Labana, SVP and Chief Product Officer, gave a high-level view of how its product works. "CloudVolumes' technical architecture is a hybrid between layering, application virtualization and containers that enables customers to have high application compatibility while working with existing infrastructure."
One of the advantages of this approach, Labana blogged, is that "CloudVolumes technology doesn't need full VM control to do what we do. So this means we can dynamically attach apps without recomposing or reboots."
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and VMware said its bottom-line effect should be negligible. More details may be released at VMworld 2014, which begins next week in San Francisco.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.