Items Tagged: Desktop+Virtualization
Will 2010 mark the turning point for desktop virtualization? I think it depends on how well the leading storage vendors take the mystery and complexity out of storage planning for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs).
David Marshall and I weigh in on what the Citrix-McAfee virtualization security announcement means.
One of the big themes for 2010 in the land of virtualization is storage optimization for virtual environments, and especially for desktop virtualization projects.
Dave Marshall and I have been talking about the current stall in virtualization uptake and how we can break through to the next wave of virtualization over at InfoWorld.
I had the opportunity recently to meet with the folks from Veeam to learn about the newest release of their virtualization data protection solution, vPower v5.
Continuing our theme of bold claims in the desktop virtualization space, I had a quick update last week from Virtual Bridges, the all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) vendor. The Austin-based company sees themselves heralding the “end of stateful endpoint management” (Win7 upgrades, anyone?) and announced that the “days of purpose-built VDI are here.” Sounds good, eh?
Every day, another CEO walks into a datacenter and says, “put my stuff on my iPad.” Instead of waiting for the datacenter to come up with a cost-effective combo of desktop virtualization technologies, many companies will find their users heading to the cloud with or without them.
Storage is at the heart of the VDI ROI equation. Testing showed that the Dell PS6000XVS, for a typical set of linked-clone non-persistent VDI task workers, easily achieved a density of 680 virtual desktops (85 10GB disk/1GB memory VMs per ESX server, generating 2-5 IOPS each)…with headroom.
Breaking Down the Barriers to VDI with Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN Arrays
While Taneja Group has been cautious to date on the pace of desktop virtualization adoption, recent hypervisor and storage technology innovations strongly suggest that in 2011 and 2012 we will see a rapid acceleration. Key to this momentum has been increased interest in one type of desktop virtualization, namely server-hosted virtual desktops (often called “virtual desktop infrastructure,” or VDI). VDI has often promised more than it delivered, however, due to complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support VDI. Dell aims to turn this around, however, with several recent additions and enhancements to its popular EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI array family. In this first section of a three-part in-depth report, we first review the current barriers to wider adoption of VDI, focusing on key storage challenges, and look at how the new Dell PS Series XVS hybrid SAS/SSD arrays deliver the density required to overcome these barriers.
In this new column, Taneja Group lead virtualization analyst will offer his personal insights and findings on all trends virtual and cloud.
As vendors and businesses ponder implementing virtualised solutions for servers and desktops, at least one expert has tipped desktop virtualisation as essential to retooling the standard model of computing found at businesses for...
- Premiered: 03/10/11
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: rackspace.co.uk
Many IT pros want to view their entire VDI environment through one console, but virtual desktops vendors require the use of separate management consoles, a strategy that adds complexity to desktop environments.
- Premiered: 03/09/11
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualDesktop.com
Maximizing Desktop Virtualization Success with VDI-optimized Dell EqualLogic Hybrid Arrays
VDI has often promised more than it delivered, due to stubborn complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support it. Building on deep integration with VMware’s vSphere 4.1 platform via the vStorage APIs, Dell has set its sights squarely on VDI and aims to break down both the cost of acquisition and TCO (CapEx and OpEx) barriers that have plagued VDI ROI in the past. Dell has added intelligent workload tiering and new hybrid SSD/SAS arrays to its Equal-Logic PS Series family and we analyze a recent performance benchmark to evaluate in detail how Dell’s innovations reduce complexity, improve performance and lower the cost of VDI.
Virtual Bridges: The Second Generation of VDI is Now
Too many desktop virtualization projects have gotten off to a rocky start. Early efforts to deploy server-hosted desktop virtualization (or VDI, for “virtual desktop infrastructure”) have often stalled under the weight of massive upfront costs and returns that never seem to materialize. Existing VDI offerings have evolved from an existing array of terminal services and hypervisor technologies, and typically require heavy lifting to integrate, customize, and optimize for a particular set of customer requirements.
A new class of solutions is now emerging that herald the second generation for VDI: comprehensive, purpose-built and turnkey offerings that combine virtualization with powerful access, security, management, and storage optimization technologies. In this profile we explore the drivers for and essential elements of second-generation VDI, and take a close look at Virtual Bridges’ VERDE solution.
Last time, I discussed the growing need for end-to-end Virtual Infrastructure Performance Management solutions to help datacenter managers successfully virtualize more performance-hungry and business-critical applications with confidence. While no vendor (in my view) has yet to solve the VIPM challenge completely, the pace of innovation has ramped up dramatically in the last few years.
Client Virtualization the HP Way
What’s driving customers to bigger and bigger desktop virtualization initiatives? What are the challenges they face, and what can be done to resolve hurdles, and speed customers on their way to better client virtualization infrastructures that actually deliver the benefits that attract them to desktop virtualization in the first place?
No doubt, desktop virtualization, or “client virtualization” in HP parlance, roared off to a thunderous start, and the industry has already seen many big initiatives and offerings. Moving into 2012, client virtualization increasingly looks to have the wherewithal to go entirely mainstream, and move into a much broader set of customers than the initial high profile adoptees who had unusual business needs or were turning up unique hosted services. Yet client virtualization remains a complex undertaking. HP thinks they have a clear understanding of that complexity, and a consequent solution approach built to eradicate that complexity from the equation. In turn, they aim to make the promises of client virtualization more compelling than ever, and allow customers to be certain of realizing those promises. In this solution profile, Taneja Group will take a look at the promises driving client virtualization, the challenges that too often pull those promises apart, and then look at how HP is driving those challenges out of the equation with a newly announce product – VirtualSystem CV2.
Kaminario, the leader in scale-out Flash storage,today announced the release of its fourth-generation K2 all-Flash storage array. The K2 v4 delivers unparalleled performance consistency and resiliency to midrange enterprises in a much smaller, denser, greener and lower-priced configuration. Built to meet the growing demand for Solid State (SSD) Flash storage, the K2 v4 is based on the proven SPEAR Scale-out Architecture, the only Flash storage architecture that can deliver consistent and predictable performance for general purpose, mixed workload environments with enterprise-class resiliency and data protection.