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IBM Claims VDI Breakthrough

IBM Claims it's Mad A Breakthrough that Will Accelerate the Spread of the Virtual Desktop By Slashing VDI Storage Requirements

IBM, the company that invented virtualization back in the mainframe’s Pleistocene period, claims it’s made a breakthrough that will accelerate the spread of the virtual desktop by slashing VDI storage requirements by as much as 80%.

The widgetry is supposed to encourage users to move to the cloud.

IBM contends that virtual desktop deployments have been hampered by the cost and complexity of managing storage, which it describes as one of the most expensive hardware components of any virtual desktop environment.

However, the new IBM Virtual Storage Optimizer (VSO), which will work with, say, VMware, is supposed to change all that.

It’s based on an algorithm developed by IBM Research and is supposed to “dramatically” reduce the large physical storage requirements associated with storing virtual images.

It’s also supposed to create new desktop images in seconds or at least minutes, a process that IBM says has been known to take a half-hour.

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