VMware buys CloudVolumes to unify management across virtualised, physical environments
Virtualisation incumbent VMware announced it has acquired CloudVolumes, a provider of virtual desktop application services, for an undisclosed sum. VMware said the move will enable customers to more easily manage applications within virtualised and physical desktop environments.
CloudVolumes offers a number of virtualised application and thin client management solutions. CloudVolumes for VMware Horizon, which is delivered as a virtual appliance, lets users manage both VDI and published application virtual desktop environments, and its solution for vCloud Automation Centre lets users instantly provision applications and personalised desktop environments from a single image to multiple users.
But one of the key benefits of the technology is it lets users to manage application delivery across virtualised environments alongside physical desktop environments through the same platform.
“Customers are looking to modernize their existing Windows application delivery architecture to be more like mobile IT,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, desktop products, end-user computing at VMware.
“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 virtualised environments for desktop, server or cloud on-demand,” Dhawan said.
Raj Parekh, chief executive officer at CloudVolumes said the acquisition will change the fame for desktop virtualisation and is a key enabler of VMware’s cloud strategy as it will allow the company to build new application delivery capabilities across its end-user computing, software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud services.
“By bringing together CloudVoumes and VMware, we will be able to deliver winning technology solutions for the desktop and beyond, that few competitors can match,” Parekh said.
In a blog post discussing the acquisition VMware end-user computing CTO Kit Colbert explained CloudVolumes will complement Mirage, the company’s existing image management offering for Horizon, and help the company work towards its goal of unifying management across all devices, both desktop and mobile.
“VMware Mirage focuses on delivering layers efficiently to roaming or sometimes offline physical machines which minimizes bandwidth consumption, while CloudVolumes focuses on delivering layers to desktops in the always-on and high-bandwidth context of modern datacentre,” Colbert said.
While Mirage and CloudVolumes layering are similar at a conceptual level, Colbert explained, their implementations are optimized for roaming vs always-on use cases, respectively.
“Mirage delivers layers through the network while conserving bandwidth, whereas CloudVolumes delivers layers primarily using the vmdk/VHD-attach mechanism that avoids needless copying of information in the datacentre where CPU & I/O resources are shared,” he explained.