At the heart of every VDI project is an inherent conflict between the three parties involved: users, buyers, and the IT organization that will put the solution into place. On the one hand, users are often clear about their expectations for a fast, responsive, always-on computing experience that is better than their physical desktops. On the other hand, the business imperatives demand a high return on investment, and minimum expenditures.
Caught in the middle of this dichotomy is the IT organization, which must balance the needs of all parties while facing a number of daunting challenges that are unique to VDI, including:
- Demand spikes and login storms, which overload shared resources when all users attempt to access their systems at the same time
- High upfront costs and the notorious difficulty of sizing a VDI deployment correctly at the onset
- Complex, legacy infrastructure that is heavily siloed across compute, storage, networking, and data protection components, to name just a few
- Difficulties scaling in affordable increments, and in a way that mirrors actual user demands
- And lastly, with such pressure on resources, there is often little time, energy, or budget enterprise-class resiliency and data protection, which exposes the deployment to risks of unplanned downtime and data loss
So what happens next?
Most often, IT is forced to compromise between the need for the best user experience and the economic realities of the business – and in the end, nobody wins. With these challenges in mind, SimpliVity delivers a solution that offers VDI without compromising on any party’s expectations.
Announced today, SimpliVity’s recently released OmniStack 3.0 provides unparalleled performance for VDI – truly showing why it’s SimpliVity’s secret sauce.
Our VDI solution was validated by both the Enterprise Strategy Group, a leading analyst firm, and Login VSI, the industry standard load testing solution for centralized virtualized desktop environments.
First, we deliver unmatched performance, providing superior user experience at all times, even during peak workloads, by delivering 1,000 logins in 1,000 seconds – so desktop administrators no longer have to worry about login storms. And with SimpliVity, they can even provision 1,000 desktops in just 70 minutes. That’s very fast.
Second, we placed 250 knowledge workers per node in a four-node cluster, and it still demonstrated excellent performance. That is the highest density of desktops in the hyperconverged category – and it doesn’t sacrifice performance or resiliency.
We also demonstrated how a SimpliVity four-node cluster was able to sustain 800 knowledge worker desktops after pulling the plug on a single node. The testing showed the remaining three nodes were able to bear the load with minimal performance degradation and all 800 desktops supported.
We’ve also done away with the big upfront costs of VDI by allowing organizations to start small and scale up, using our hyperconverged x86 building blocks to scale as they grow – from pilot to production. They can even leverage existing infrastructure that they have on-hand, by taking advantage of existing servers to add compute and memory to their SimpliVity federation.
And lastly, SimpliVity provides enterprise class protection and resiliency. That includes built-in data protection for the entire virtual desktop infrastructure, and the resiliency to withstand node failures with no loss of desktops and minimal performance degradation.
The testing was conducted on SimpliVity’s new Haswell-based OmniCube CN-2400, an ideal solution for VDI deployments and other mission-critical workloads. The OmniCube CN-2400 replaces the current CN-2200 and delivers a 15-20% performance improvement over its predecessor. Similar testing efforts are underway with our OmniStack solutions from Cisco and Lenovo.
Read The Enterprise Strategy Group’s new whitepaper on the VDI performance results to to learn more how our solutions can solve VDI challenges.