Western Digital Corporation announced two new virtualization solutions designed to significantly improve virtual machine performance and density in VMware® vSphere® environments. These include the availability of the new FlashSoft® 4 software for VMware vSphere 6, and the introduction of the Flash Virtualization® System, a new flash-based hardware and software solution. FlashSoft 4 leverages a Western Digital and VMware VAIO co-design partnership for vSphere 6. FlashSoft 4 software is based on an architecture that uses the new VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO), providing the highest level of usability and performance1 with vSphere 6. FlashSoft 4 is the first host-based caching software to achieve VMware Ready™ certification for guaranteed compatibility, reliability and support. It also introduces support for VMware-supported datastores, virtual disk acceleration, improved performance and stability, and integrated management through the vSphere web client GUI. The new Flash Virtualization System builds on the benefits of the latest FlashSoft software by pairing it with SanDisk ION Accelerator™ software and Fusion ioMemory™ PCIe solid-state accelerators in a flash-provisioned server capable of delivering over a million IOPS2 to accelerate storage I/O across the VMware environment. Without disrupting current server and storage infrastructure, the easy-to-deploy solution offers cluster-wide flash acceleration in existing VMware environments. The cost-effective solution also enables customers to get more performance and efficiency from existing storage and compute infrastructure, resulting in significant hardware and software savings.


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