Press Release
View printer-friendly version << Back
Sphere 3D Ushers in Age of the Intelligent Hypervisor—Introducing Desktop Cloud Orchestrator 2.5

Dynamic Re-Allocation of Virtual Resources for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

San Francisco, August 25, 2014, Special to VMworld—Sphere 3D (TSXV: ANY NASDAQ: ANY), a leading provider of hyper-converged solutions for distributed IT architectures, has announced the 2.5 update to its Desktop Cloud Orchestrator ™ (DCO) software.

DCO v2.5 brings a new level of Optimized Desktop Allocation to the table, allowing virtual desktops to intelligently access additional resources, including 3D GPU or allocations of CPU and RAM. Based on policy, DCO v2.5 provides migratory access to virtual desktops which provide enhanced resources on a temporary basis and on demand.

Through the deployment of DCO v2.5, traditional resource intensive applications, such as video rendering software, gain increased performance by seamlessly accessing temporary additional resources. Once the additional resources are no longer required, they are released back to a resting state of availability for other users. This fundamentally enhances performance metrics while reducing total ownership costs.

“Our desktops are faster in the cloud,” says Peter Bookman, Sphere 3D Head of Global Strategy, “now, with a desktop’s ability to be upgraded dynamically and quickly, cloud desktops are accelerated and exceptionally improved.”

The 2.5 version of DCO enhances the ease and simplicity of managing hyper-converged infrastructure and all of its virtualized resources, but is particularly adept at managing distributed local resources to maximum advantage. The enhanced features in DCO v2.5 include:

  • Automated failover of local storage, as needed, to allow desktops to operate from a mirrored pool (with backup from the shared master drive).
  • The ability to move or reboot from one virtual machine to another (as opposed to connecting from one machine to another) to access limited shared resources more dynamically;
  • Access to hyper-converged cloud resources where needed; and
  • Self-healing failover for greater availability and reliability with shorter time to recovery.

These enhancements are aimed at reducing the complexity of administration while increasing productivity, which ultimately reduces the total cost of ownership.

Sphere 3D is providing demonstrations of Glassware 2.0 and DCO v2.5 (as well as integration with Overland Software products) at VMworld booth #2424 and in private briefings at the St. Regis Hotel during the VMworld show. Sphere 3D anticipates availability of DCO v2.5 during September of 2014.

Sphere 3D Contact:
Sphere 3D Corporation
Peter Tassiopoulos, Chief Executive Officer Tel: (416) 749-5999

About Sphere 3D Corporation

Sphere 3D Corporation (TSX-V: ANY, NASDAQ:ANY) is a virtualization technology solution provider. Sphere 3D’s Glassware 2.0™ platform delivers virtualization of some of the most demanding applications in the marketplace today; making it easy to move applications from a physical PC or workstation to a virtual environment either on premise and/or from the cloud. Sphere 3D’s V3 Systems division supplies the industry’s first purpose built appliance for virtualization as well as the Desktop Cloud Orchestrator management software for VDI. Sphere 3D recently announced its proposed merger with Overland Storage (NASDAQ: OVRL). This alliance is intended to bring together next generation technologies for virtualization and cloud coupled with end-to-end scalable storage offerings enabling for the introduction of a number of converged solutions. Sphere 3D maintains offices in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. For additional information visit or access the Company’s public filings at or

Sphere 3D Contact:
Peter Tassiopoulos, CEO
Tel: (416) 749-5999

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, without limitation, may contain the words believes, expects, anticipates, estimates, intends, plans, or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated. Forward looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.Except for historical facts, the statements in this news release, as well as oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by Sphere 3D Corporation, are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. In the context of any forward-looking information please refer to risk factors detailed in, as well as other information contained in the Company’s Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulators ( and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (

Neither TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.