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Virsto Storage Hypervisor Solution Certified as Citrix Ready

First VM-Centric Storage Hypervisor Certified Citrix Ready Changes Virtual Desktop Storage Economics With XenDesktop (October 26, 2011)

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/26/11 -- Virsto™ Software, an innovative provider of VM-centric storage hypervisor software, today announced that the Virsto Software storage hypervisor was validated as Citrix Ready®. The first VM-centric storage hypervisor to achieve the Citrix Ready designation, Virsto brings increased storage utilization gains, ease of virtual desktop provisioning to Citrix® XenDesktop® and a reduction in the cost of storage in virtual desktop environments of more than 50 percent.

The Citrix Ready certification indicates solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing offerings from Citrix, including XenDesktop®. It is awarded to products that meet stringent verification criteria set by Citrix, giving customers confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution. Virsto's storage hypervisor was specifically designed to lower storage costs and increase performance while accelerating provisioning in virtual desktop environments.

Since its 2007 founding, Virsto has established a track record of innovation in storage virtualization software for virtual machines. With today's certification, Virsto takes the lead in the multi-hypervisor strategy by announcing the first VM-centric storage hypervisor to be named Citrix Ready, supporting integration with Citrix XenDesktop to allow organizations to cut their cost of storage in virtual desktop environments by more than half.

Virsto's storage hypervisor benefits users by:

  • Changing the economics of storage in virtual desktop deployments - by significantly increasing storage utilization with higher VM density, reducing storage costs by 50 percent or more, and delivering compelling cost-per-desktop economics.
  • Supporting enterprise-scale VDI - by delivering the only solution that provides unlimited snapshots and thin-provisioned clones to enable projects to scale to thousands of virtual desktops, supporting heterogeneous storage to fully utilize and consolidate existing storage resources and robust, cluster-aware HA and backup.
  • Simplifying VDI management - by providing software-driven storage tiering to enable the creation of high-performance, yet cost-effective storage solutions, decreasing the provisioning time of thousands of images from hours to minutes, and supporting simple bulk operations and other flexible tools for managing VDI at scale.

Supporting Quotes
"Anyone looking to implement an enterprise-class VDI solution must consider Virsto Software for this key part of their VDI environment. Virsto not only makes affordable, persistent image VDI attainable but, by providing the management simplicity of persistent-image VDI with the minimal storage requirements offered by non-persistent approaches, it also has the potential to significantly increase VDI adoption."
- Simon Bramfitt, Desktop Virtualization Analyst, The Virtualization Practice

"We see customers wanting to move to virtual desktops as quickly as possible. The consumerization of IT, the proliferation of new and unique consumer devices, and user demands for mobility are driving a need to deliver applications to users anywhere on any device. Certified solutions like Virsto's can make storage in a virtualized environment easier to manage, perform better and decrease cost."
- Al Monserrat, Senior Vice President, Sales and Services, Citrix

"Citrix Ready certification is an important step in demonstrating our commitment to supporting the leading server and desktop virtualization platforms. The integration of Virsto's purpose-built storage hypervisor for virtual machines with XenDesktop delivers dramatic savings on storage in virtual desktop deployments with accelerated provisioning and simplified management of thousands of virtual desktops."
- Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto

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About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp™, XenServer®, NetScaler®, and GoToMeeting®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program, which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. The Citrix Ready program received the Alliance Excellence Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) for creating a strong community through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at

About Virsto
Virsto Software delivers no-compromise storage virtualization software for virtual machines: efficient, affordable, agile. Virsto offers the industry's first VM-centric storage hypervisor that delivers unlimited high-performance, thin-provisioned snapshots and clones to dramatically improve storage utilization, reduce cost and simplify VM storage provisioning. Founded in 2007, Virsto Software is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit

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