Optimizing Desktop Virtualization with Dell Equallogic Hybrid Arrays
In recent years, we have witnessed great technology leaps from all of the leading virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software vendors, broadening the scope of potential use cases for server-hosted desktop virtualization. VMware, in particular, upped the performance ante with View 4.5’s storage optimizations. These enhancements eliminate many of the limitations that have constrained VDI storage efficiency to date, and they open up new avenues for solution providers to lower VDI storage capacity requirements and to turbo-charge VDI workload performance.
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 barriers that have plagued VDI ROI in the past. Moving quickly to capitalize on VMware’s innovation, Dell has added intelligent workload tiering and new hybrid SSD/SAS arrays to its Equal-Logic PS Series family. In this second part of our series, we take a close look at a recent performance benchmark to evaluate in detail how Dell’s innovations reduce complexity, improve performance and lower the cost of VDI.