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On Our Radar: VDI-Optimized Storage

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).

  • Premiered: 05/16/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Desktop Virtualization Storage Capacity Optimization Storage Performance VDI
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Virtual Bridges Shrinks the “I” in VDI

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?

  • Premiered: 11/20/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Bartoletti Desktop Virtualization VDI virtual bridges
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Virtual Desktops in the Cloud: Yes, You Can Bring Your iPad

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.

  • Premiered: 11/15/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Desktone Desktop Virtualization iPad VDI
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Turbo-Charging VDI: Dell’s EqualLogic Hybrid SSD/SAS Arrays Deliver the Density

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.

  • Premiered: 12/15/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell EqualLogic VDI Desktop Virtualization Storage SSD SAS
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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. 

Publish date: 12/15/10
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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.

Publish date: 03/25/11
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Building a VDI Environment on Shared Storage

Last time, I talked about the challenges that remain around desktop virtualization: too many platform choices, the explosion in the number of end-user devices, the confusion caused by cloud offerings, and the lack of a breakout management solution for desktop virtualization.

  • Premiered: 04/01/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA VDI
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VDI's Impact on Network Infrastructure

It's been clear for some time that the initial rosy ROI projections surrounding Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) didn't exactly tell the whole story.

  • Premiered: 04/22/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: ITBusinessEdge.com
Topic(s): TBA VDI
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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.
 

Publish date: 05/09/11
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The Taneja Group Profiles Second Generation VDI Technology

Taneja Group analysts have a lot of expertise and a broad background in the IT community, giving them a rich and unique perspective on industry trends and products in today’s market.

  • Premiered: 06/03/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtual Bridges
Topic(s): TBA VDI TBA virtual bridges
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Nutanix launches dense storage appliance for storage clouds, VDI

Startup Nutanix Inc. today unveiled its dense storage appliance that combines solid-state drives (SSDs), hard drives, compute and a file system into a dense unit aimed at building private storage clouds and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs).

  • Premiered: 08/16/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA VDI TBA Nutanix TBA Cloud
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Nimble Storage's "CASL" Delivers the Definitive Storage Architecture for High-Performance, Low-Cost

Real-World Tested in a Range of Demanding Operating Environments, Nimble Storage Arrays Give VDI Users Superior Responsiveness and Data Protection While Giving VDI Administrators Complete Flexibility and Control

  • Premiered: 12/13/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWire.com
Topic(s): TBA Nimble TBA VDI
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Three key VDI storage challenges

Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.

  • Premiered: 02/15/12
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA VDI TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA Virtualization TBA desktop TBA Infrastructure
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Nimble Storage: A Proven VDI Storage Solution

This paper examines Nimble Storage VDI storage solution, based on the company’s rich and highly differentiated CASL architecture. The profile outlines three fundamental advantages that enable Nimble to provide a highly valuable, storage solution for VDI environments.

Publish date: 03/21/12
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Astute Networks improves ViSX G4 VM storage box with speed, dedupe

Astute Networks Inc. today said it will deliver its next-generation flash storage systems designed to speed performance of storage for virtual machines and virtual desktops.

  • Premiered: 08/20/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA ViSX TBA VM TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Virtual Machine TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI TBA Dedupe
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Astute Networks' Appliance Eliminates Virtual Machine I/O Performance Barriers...

LEADING ANALYST FIRM REPORTS THAT ASTUTE NETWORKS’ HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLASH VM STORAGE APPLIANCE ELIMINATES VIRTUAL MACHINE I/O PERFORMANCE BARRIERS FOR VIRTUAL SERVER AND VIRTUAL DESKTOP ENVIRONMENTS

  • Premiered: 09/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Astute Networks Press
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA VM TBA IO TBA Virtual Server TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI
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Accelerating I/O Intensive Virtualized Applications

Shifting Into High Gear with Astute Networks ViSX G4 Flash VM Storage Appliances

Virtualization is a great boon to IT shops for it’s flexible and cost-efficient infrastructure that consolidates previously physically sprawling applications and servers. But current hypervisor technologies are still evolving support for high-end performance requirements, especially for shared but external-to-the-server resources like storage. Many IT shops trying to convert deeper into their portfolio based on initial virtualization success have run up against frustrating limits as to which of their more demanding applications can be effectively virtualized and still be delivered with good service. Virtualizing I/O intensive applications remains a significant challenge, especially in IT organizations that are building their virtualization environments with traditional storage arrays in order to enable virtual machine migration and provide sufficient data protection.

Most mission critical applications are I/O intensive, relying on databases or providing end-user communication channels (e.g. email). VDI efforts in particular can become I/O performance constrained even at small scales. If virtualized I/O constraints with traditional storage are limiting the number of vms per server, or preventing virtual hosting for I/O intensive apps like databases, email, and VDI, then flash technologies seem to promise a tailor-made high-performance solution. But flash can be an expensive investment to acquire and hard to deploy and manage to assure a solid ROI. With flash, performance can be bought, but cost-conscious IT organizations must choose wisely or risk implementing expensive and ultimately unsatisfactory or limiting solutions.

An ideal performance solution would drop in to an existing virtual environment, currently constrained or otherwise, and accelerate performance without re-architecting the storage layer, without re-implementing data protection, and without creating new burdens for the virtual server administrator. It should supercharge the environment to enable greater vm density, deliver better than physical performance for designated apps, and support VDI working at scales that make sense for wholesale adoption. In this product profile we will examine in detail the new Astute Networks ViSX G4 VM Storage Appliance to see how it fits this ideal profile – deploying without disruption to truly accelerate virtualization performance, increase VM density, and further the adoption of virtualization across I/O and mission-critical applications.

Publish date: 08/27/12
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Astute Networks' Flash VM Storage Appliance Eliminates Virtual Machine I/O Performance Barriers

Astute Networks, Inc., the leading provider of performance storage for virtual machines, today announced that its ViSX G4 Flash VM storage appliance has been featured in the Taneja Group report, "Accelerating I/O-Intensive Virtualized Applications." The Taneja Group profile outlines the I/O performance constraints faced in most virtual environments and how ViSX accelerates virtualized application performance, increases VM density, and dramatically increases the number of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) users.

  • Premiered: 09/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: VMblog.com
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA Flash TBA IO performance TBA VDI
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HDD Data Storage Remains Viable Despite Falling SSD Prices: Analyst

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prices of solid state drive technology continue their free fall, making them more cost-effective for storage than hard disk drives. But an industry analyst at a Silicon Valley conference says HDDs still have some life in them yet.

  • Premiered: 10/18/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: eWeek
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Data Storage TBA HDD TBA Arun Taneja TBA VDI TBA Flash TBA SNW
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NexGen Storage beefs up monitoring in ioControl, aims to eliminate guessing

NexGen Storage Inc. is beefing up storage monitoring and performance automation for its hybrid flash arrays designed to handle heavily virtualized workloads.

  • Premiered: 11/08/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Boles TBA NexGen TBA ioControl TBA Array TBA hybrid flash TBA SSD TBA iSCSI TBA VDI TBA Flash TBA PCI-E