In mid February the startup Virsto entered the virtualization market with a rather unique positioning: it’s offering a storage optimization technology for virtual infrastructures powered by Microsoft Hyper-V.
Virsto developed a solution to improve efficiency and performance of Hyper-V virtual machines, by hijacking and optimizing their interaction with the underlying storage.
Virsto has been brave enough to steer away from the VMware crowded ecosystem, where a startup can cash in much faster with the right solution (until VMware starts competing with it), to bet on the Microsoft hypervisor.
Hyper-V still has less than 30% market share, but Virsto has practically no competitors there.
The company released the first update of its flagship product yesterday: One 1.2
This release introduces a number of key capabilities:
- full support for the Windows Volume Shadow Service (VSS) technology
One now uses a writer and provider model ensure that VSS can perform a full server backup to help protect all data required to fully restore the server
- support for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) 2010
One now integrates into DPM2010 Protection Groups, allowing users to backup and restore virtual machines from One virtual disks
- support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008
One now leverages Rapid Provisioning option within VMM2008, allowing users to provision virtual machines using no-dupe clones, without waiting for a bit-for-bit copy of the .vhd
- vDisks export capability
The Virsto mission is to improve storage performance of virtual hard drives. One 1.2 is 15% faster that 1.0 release.