A recent ESG lab project measured the performance of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged platforms for VDI environments and validated that the OmniStack platform can deliver consistent performance across large-scale virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.
Many organizations are considering VDI to improve data protection, bolster security, reduce infrastructure costs and decrease operational complexity. By centralizing management of desktop images and end-user data, IT can better manage desktop upgrades, security patches and nightly data backups, while also reducing the excess hardware sprawl that typifies “fat client” desktop deployments.
Make or Break VDI Performance
The challenge is that the end-user experience in VDI deployments can be inconsistent during periods of peak demand. For example, at the start of a business day, hundreds or thousands of users logging in at the same time (boot storms) can place tremendous strains on the back-end storage subsystem servicing a VDI environment. This could result in significant latency and impact the ability of end-users to gain timely access to their applications. Worse still, if a VDI environment continues to be plagued by poor performance, end-users will likely abandon their thin desktop clients in favor of their dedicated desktop systems; derailing IT’s attempt to deliver all the aforementioned benefits available with consolidated desktop infrastructure.
Many businesses have adopted hyperconverged systems to provide a simplified and expedited deployment model for providing the virtualized compute, storage and networking resources needed to support VDI environments. While these architectures can provide an excellent compliment to deliver on further infrastructure consolidation benefits throughout the enterprise, it is critical that performance remain consistent.
1,000 VDI Performance Benchmark
ESG recently completed a thorough lab performance evaluation (using the Login VSI VDI benchmarking tool) of SimpliVity’s OmniStack hyperconverged platform solution on a simulated virtualized desktop deployment. Using VMware’s Horizon View 6, ESG engineers were able to provision and deploy a 1,000 linked-clone VDI environment, with various pre-defined VDI workloads, across a four-node OmniStack cluster in just 70 minutes. In addition to the rapid deployment timeframe, perhaps most impressively is the fact that 1,000 end-user logins were completed in 1,000 seconds (or less than 20 minutes). This feat is 3x faster than Login-VSI’s standard benchmarking threshold; demonstrating the robust performance and VM density attainable across a relatively modest four-node OmniStack configuration (250 VMs per node).
Furthermore, to test the resiliency of the OmniStack cluster, ESG lab techs cut power to one of the nodes. As expected, all the affected virtual desktops restarted on surviving nodes with minimal performance degradation.
Multiple VDI Value Points
In addition to exceptional VDI performance and system resiliency, SimpliVity’s OmniStack offering employs highly efficient, in-line data deduplication and compression technology that significantly reduces storage costs. In fact, SimpliVity’s data virtualization technology makes it possible for many businesses to consolidate daily data backups on to an OmniStack cluster, resulting in low recovery point and recovery time (RPO/RTO) objectives and further data center cost reductions. And with its global unified management capabilities, multiple, geographically dispersed OmniStack systems can be managed from a single interface; enabling IT organizations to dramatically simplify operational management.
The Bigger Truth
One of the big differentiators for SimpliVity is the fact that their hyperconverged architecture platform was built from the ground-up with demanding workloads like VDI in mind. From conception to product inception, SimpliVity engineers spent more than five years designing and building their hyperconverged software and hardware architecture to withstand the rigors of highly dense, virtualized computing workloads. Businesses that are considering hyperconverged platforms to simplify operational management, ease virtualized infrastructure deployments, reduce costs and provide a consistent end-user experience, will want to take a closer look at what SimpliVity has to offer.
Read ESG’s report for more information.
Colm Keegan is a Senior Analyst covering cloud computing and software-defined data center technologies (SDDC) at the Enterprise Strategy Group.