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VMware View 3 Uses Cloning to Save Storage

By Antone Gonsalves,
InformationWeek, December 3, 2008, 11:00 AM

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) on Tuesday unveiled a new way of handling virtual desktops that promises to reduce the amount of storage needed by as much as 70%.

The latest advancement is contained in VMware View 3, a bundle of applications for virtual desktop computing. Rather than build a desktop image for each user, the software makes it possible to clone the same image and tweak each clone to satisfy the needs of individual users.

Cloning saves storage because only one image of an application is shared across multiple users, according to VMware. As a result, there's no need to dedicate one image of Microsoft Office and Outlook or an SAP client, for example, to each user.

The reduction in application images can reduce the storage requirements of a virtual desktop up to 70%, according to VMware. While the percentage is big, at least one analyst briefed on the new software believes it's achievable. "I'm inclined to believe it," Andi Mann, an analyst for Enterprise Management Associates, told InformationWeek.

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