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Technical marketing engineer Michael McLaughlin describes the VDI reference architecture recently announced by Cisco, VMware, and Nimble Storage that supports 1,000 virtual desktops with only 3U of storage. The architecture uses Cisco UCS blade servers, VMware View, and VMware vSphere to provide a tested and preconfigured architecture for organizations looking to reduce their risk when deploying a VDI solution.
Hybrid flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has effectively joined Cisco’s server partner channel with a VDI reference architecture promising low-cost VDI serving off its arrays.
The architecture supports 1,000 VDI users, takes up a trivial 3U of rack space, and costs $43,000 – $43 per desktop. That contrasts with a Tintri cost of less than $200/per virtual desktop in a 1,000-user system. I dare say this is not an apples-for-apples comparison with that $/desktop cost disparity though.
The ref architecture is composed of:
- Cisco UCS B-Series Blade server platform including six UCS B230 M2 blades, each with dual-socketed 10-core Intel CPU and 256GB RAM
- One Nimble CS220G-X2 array with twelve 1TB hard disk drives and four 160GB flash SSDs
- Dual, redundant 10GbitE connections between the Nimble array and UCS Fabric Interconnect
- Windows 7 Enterprise virtual desktops with 1.5GB RAM and one CPU per desktop
- VMware View 5.1 with VMware vSphere.
Mike McLaughlin, Nimble Storage Technical Marketing, whiteboards the joint Cisco UCS, Nimble Storage CS-Series and VMware View solution for a 1,000 seat virtual desktop deployment.
Radhika Krishnan, Nimble Storage Head of Solutions and Alliances, talks with Ashok Rajagopalan, Cisco Senior Product Manager Data Center Group, about the challenges of deploying VDI and the benefit of deploying a reference architecture using Cisco UCS server platform, Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays, and VMware View.
Cisco, Nimble Storage, VMware Deliver Reference Architecture for Powerful, Low-Cost VDI Implementations
Introducing Nimble Storage SmartStack Solutions for VDI.
Cisco, Nimble Storage and VMware have released a 1,000 seat VDI reference architecture using Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, Nimble Storage CS-Series and VMware View 5.1. Learn how you can benefit from:
- Efficient infrastructure and adaptive performance
- Rapid provisioning and linear scalability
- Simplified management and lower risk