Archive for May, 2013

CloudVolumes Delivers Industry’s First Instant Workload Management Solution

May 7, 2013

Last year in November i wrote about Cloudvolumes for the first time. Today i believe “this software will change your business”

This video demonstrates delivering 50 applications (Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Photoshop, iTunes, etc.) within seconds to a user logged into a virtual desktop

By virtualizing above the OS, CloudVolumes eliminates per VM management, installation and migration – providing instant delivery of multi-tier complex server and virtual hosted desktop workloads, simplifying management and drastically reducing costs

LOS ALTOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Formerly known as SnapVolumes, CloudVolumes today announced the availability of its suite of enterprise-class Instant Workload Management (IWM) products for enterprise server, desktop, and cloud environments. CloudVolumes also is introducing integration with VMware vFabric Application Director. By virtualizing above the operating system (OS), CloudVolumes is eliminating per virtual machine (VM) management, significantly reducing management requirements and costs.

“We created Instant Workload Management solutions to virtualize everything above the OS to allow the industry to simply think in terms of what they care most about – workloads.”

“Virtualization at and above the operating system can massively benefit enterprise datacenters,” said Paul Burns, president of cloud research firm Neovise. “CloudVolumes is breaking new ground here, resulting in improved server and cloud delivery, capacity creation and mobility from one cloud to another, as well as enhanced virtual desktop delivery, configuration management, patch management and more.”

CloudVolumes products are engineered for enterprise-class workloads with a single point of administration and ability to virtually transport workloads without using physical resources, by natively attaching volumes to thousands of running VMs. Additionally companies have a choice to move their workloads to the best available resources in the datacenter or cloud without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. CloudVolumes IWM solution requires no changes to existing infrastructure, OS, hypervisor, application, licensing, policy or infrastructure and delivers:

  • Instant deployment of complex multi-tier server workloads into a running VM
  • Scaling, relocation and recovery instantly across thousands of virtual machines within seconds
  • Migration of workloads between the cloud and datacenter, independent of VM or hypervisor
  • Single image management of applications, dependencies, data and settings
  • Patches, updates and upgrades that are applied once and delivered dynamically to many VMs
  • Department and user installed apps, including personalization for desktop
  • Support for all Windows desktop and server apps including custom developed ones

“The CloudVolumes product is truly a differentiator in the industry by allowing users to change the way IT provisions applications to specific workgroups or change the personality of a server-build to rapidly provision workloads such as an SQL server or Citrix Server. Instead of spending hours building unique server and virtual desktop workloads, we are able to simply assign the right AppStack to the given server or application workgroup,” said Cory Merritt, president, Sage Infrastructure Solutions Group. “At Sage, we have leveraged CloudVolumes to take a base Windows Server 2008 R2 build, and by applying the appropriate AppStack, turned the base server into a SQL Server with a simple reboot.”

The CloudVolumes suite of products provides solutions for critical use cases in today’s enterprise datacenter and cloud:

cv-Enterprise Server – With CloudVolumes servers no longer need to be dedicated to a specific workload, and can be managed as a generic pool enabling rule based dynamic provisioning in seconds. CloudVolumes allows IT to relocate, reconfigure and update servers to perform new tasks on demand with no downtime, even for custom apps and complex multi-tier services. Additionally it enables servers to be seamlessly managed and upgraded to deliver future applications and updates, while continuing to operate current the workload as is. Demo:

cv-Enterprise Desktop — Virtual Hosted Desktop, VDI, Microsoft RDS, Citrix XenApp – CloudVolumes Desktop solution provides a persistent desktop feel with non-persistent pools including UIA/DIA and complete user personalization, while having a single point of administration and control for all applications. IT costs are reduced with 1:N storage compression and storage tiering. Users will experience native performance that can be further enhanced by “virtually sharing single SSD” across all VMs. All without recreating VMs, packaging, streaming or modification to the app. Demo:

cv-Cloud – Server and Desktop – Manage your datacenter together with the cloud, using CloudVolumes. Enterprises can now dynamically scale and move, as demand increases without the costly conversion and migration of virtual machines. VMs no longer need to be moved and enterprises can move only what is important, the workload. Additionally Desktop as a Service (DaaS) providers will be able to provide fully installed applications on-demand allowing users to practically manage themselves. Demo:

cv-Cloud – for VMware vFabric Application Director IWM enables customers of VMware vCloud and AppDirector to realize unique and significant additional benefits, such as being able to instantly deploy blueprints and single image manage/update of apps across hundreds or thousands of provisioned virtual machines (VMs). CloudVolumes’ services are available at the VMware Cloud Applications Marketplace Demo: and

CloudVolumes is also Citrix Ready certified for Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenServer, as well as Cisco UCS compatible.

“IT is still managing, migrating, and installing apps one-at-a-time in VMs as if they were physical machines. In today’s virtual world, workloads should not be locked-in to a given hypervisor or cloud,” said Raj Parekh, president and CEO of CloudVolumes. “We created Instant Workload Management solutions to virtualize everything above the OS to allow the industry to simply think in terms of what they care most about – workloads.”

CloudVolumes Product Availability

CloudVolumes IWM products are available now to qualified customers for trials, and production deployments. For more information, please contact me at holger.kuehn(at)

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