Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/11/ilio_v_4/

Feeling lucky, punk? Storage biz crams virty PCs into RAM

Still backs up over the network. Just in case, like

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 11th March 2013 08:02 GMT

Software house Atlantis has updated its ILIO product, which juggles the storage of virtual desktops in data centres, so that virtualised machines run entirely in a server's memory - sans a SAN or local drives.

Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 lets Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View customers run persistent virtual desktops in-memory using RAM as primary storage, making the virty desktops cheaper and faster than physical PCs, or so we're told. The company claimed it delivers a better-than-PC user experience at an infrastructure cost of less than $300 per desktop, and deployment is fully automated.

But its technology is not totally disk-free: it benefits from the performance of local server RAM, but at the same time it "maintains a real-time optimised backup using a small amount of shared SAN/NAS storage to ensure data protection and availability".

Atlantis Computing is a privately-held company founded by Chetan Venkatesh in 2004. He ran the biz until December 2009 when Bernard Harguindeguy was bought in as CEO. Harguindeguy is also chairman and president. Venkatesh became CTO. There was a $10m C-round of funding in August 2010, with Cisco taking part, plus El Dorado Ventures and Partech International; the seed funding, A- and B-rounds were of undisclosed amounts and took place at undisclosed times.

We're told ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 has these features:

The technology involves:

Atlantis is bragging about customer growth, claiming it has more than 200 clients who have bought a quarter of a million licenses, more than 100,000 in 2012 alone. It said it tripled the number of customers in 2012 and quadrupled its bookings over two years. Deployments range from 25 users to 100,000 users across all verticals, particularly hospitals, government agencies and investment banking. Customers include JP Morgan Chase & Co., Colt in Europe, CBRE, Mid Coast Hospital, Washington Trust Bank, Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA), AIG and Qualcomm.

What about Hyper-V support we wonder? It must surely be coming. Get a demo of ILIO Persistent VDI here. ®