Sphere 3D and Tier 1 Managed Service Provider Agree to Commercial Validation of the Newest Line of V3 High Density Virtual Workspace Solutions

To showcase the globally distributed capabilities and superior performance in virtual workspace environments for up to 500 desktop workloads per appliance

SAN JOSE, CA – June 3, 2016– Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced it has partnered with a Tier 1 Managed Service Provider (MSP) to deploy the company’s newest V3 virtualization Flex Node and End User Computing (EUC) platforms along with its Desktop Cloud Orchestrator™ (DCO) software for commercial validation.

As part of the validation effort, Sphere 3D will be deploying in multiple geographies of the MSP.   The Sphere 3D DCO software is well suited for distributed virtual workspace deployments because it eliminates the latency that is typically associated with failover between widely dispersed sites.   Additionally, the deployment  will include one of the V3 EUC Knowledge Worker appliances  introduced in February 2016  (see press release http://bit.ly/25AgGyZ), that is capable of supporting as many as 500 knowledge worker type virtual desktop workloads, and can also be outfitted with support for workloads that require GPU support.

“This commercial validation deployment is particularly compelling as the MSP has recently been using a renowned virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provider.  However, after analyzing our offering, an impetus for a deep dive evaluation of our solution was created that has now led to a basis for re-thinking their world-wide VDI approach. We’re confident our product’s superior level of flexibility is made possible with the trifecta combination of our containerization technology, virtual desktop management software, and our tight integration with VMWare technologies,” said Peter Bookman, global strategist at Sphere 3D. “Our solution stands apart in the industry with its high level of performance density that delivers remote distribution across the globe, without any measurable performance degradation to the end user.   Our newest VDI solution line up now puts us in a position to cater to entities as small as sole-proprietorships to companies as large as a global MSP.”

Sphere 3D has created a portfolio of vertically-integrated solutions that address the needs of organizations of all sizes looking to move from the physical desktop environment to a virtual desktop infrastructure. The V3 virtual workspace families provide extreme flexibility for organizations that have distributed workforces and require secure, easy data access and simplified management of virtual desktops and applications.

The V3 families leverage and combine storage, server and virtualization services. They come pre-provisioned with Sphere 3D’s Desktop Cloud Orchestrator™ (“DCO”) software to enable users to quickly deploy and easily manage their infrastructure.  The V3 product portfolio is segmented into three categories: V3 Smart Nodes for large, centralized enterprises; V3 End User Computing (EUC) Nodes for decentralized and Remote Office, Branch Office (ROBO) locations; and V3 Flex Nodes for smaller businesses and branch locations – even locations with as few as ten users. The new V3 family can also be integrated with Sphere 3D’s Glassware 2.0 containerization technology as well as the Snap family of private, public or hybrid cloud storage solutions, delivering complete cloud capabilities for end user computing needs. Additional details can be found at the V3 Appliance Features web page.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) delivers industry renowned data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions via hybrid Cloud, Cloud and on-premise implementations through its global reseller network.  Sphere 3D, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands including Glassware 2.0™, SnapCLOUD™SnapScale®SnapServer®, SnapSync™, V3RDX®,and NEO®.  For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com and follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D,@overlandstorage, and @tandbergdata

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