Pressing deeper into the realm of cloud technologies, VMware has just announced its latest acquisition. The virtualization and cloud infrastructure company is buying Santa Clara, California-based CloudVolumes, a provider of real-time application delivery technology, for an undisclosed amount.
CloudVolumes' technology makes it possible for enterprises to deliver native applications to virtualized environments on demand, which fills a gap in VMware's portfolio of software solutions. CloudVolumes customers use the solutions for terminal servers, desktops, and servers, eliminating lock-ins of service providers and hypervisors.
"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 of Desktop Products in 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 virtualized environments for desktop, server or cloud on demand."
Game Changer for Desktop Virtualization?
VMware saw a market need and is aiming to fill it, in part, through this acquisition. The company has witnessed enterprises increasingly turning to desktop virtualization to give employees secure, anytime, anywhere access to desktops, apps and data. It's all part of the consumerization of IT trend.
By adding CloudVolumes' technology to the VMware End-User Computing portfolio, the company is promising Horizon 6 customers they can lower desktop and application infrastructure and management costs and give end-users a personalized experience at the same time. CloudVolumes also makes it possible for VMware to build real-time application delivery across all three of its technology focus areas that include end-user computing, software-defined data center and hybrid cloud services.
VMware sees it as a game changer for desktop virtualization because it addresses the application delivery and performance challenge. With real-time application delivery, for example, IT can create personalized desktops and application environments at a fraction of the infrastructure costs because a single gold image can be leveraged for multiple users or groups. That means customers don't have to choose between cost and a personalized experience.
A Smart Buy
We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, a principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take on the acquisition. He told us it's a smart buy for VMware.
"VMware has been trying to establish itself in the desktop computing space with its Horizon product but currently lags significantly behind its chief competitor, Citrix," Kerravala told us.
As he sees it, CloudVolumes complements VMware's desktop computing product, Horizon, because the combination of the two enables businesses to virtualize their Windows applications and deliver them as virtual services to desktops or mobile devices.
"Now customers can centrally manage their Windows applications without degrading user experience," Kerravala said. "This should help VMware close the gap it has with Citrix, which really leads the industry with virtualization Windows environments."