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When traditional spinning disk arrays came up short on performance for its virtual desktop infrastructure, Minneapolis-based law firm Lindquist & Vennum switched to a hybrid array from Nimble Storage Inc.
The Nimble Storage hybrid array’s solid-state drives (SSDs) provide enough performance for the company’s 350 persistent virtual desktops, as well as other applications.
The hybrid storage array has performed so well that, in addition to the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), it handles almost all of the law firm’s business-application servers and its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, the firm’s systems engineer Derek Schostag said.
With storage vendors paying close attention to virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, array vendor Nimble Storage and consultancy GlassHouse Technologies Inc. recently published reference architectures for configuring virtual desktops with VMware View.
The VDI reference architectures include guidelines for the required computing, server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software and storage infrastructure. The companies tested and validated the VDI systems for simplified and accelerated virtual desktop deployments.
Nimble and GlassHouse include VMware Inc.’s vSphere 5.1 server virtualization software and VMware View 5.1 virtual desktop solution in their reference architectures, as well as Cisco’s Unified Computing Platform (UCS) B230 M2 blade servers. Each blade has two Intel 2.4 GHz Xeon processors, 10 cores, 256 GB of RAM, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections and the Cisco UCS Fabric interconnect….
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.
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Among the five reasons Nimble wins is that it gives customers two to five times more storage capacity and five to six times greater performance for the same amount of capital spending.
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….Amit Patel, IT manager at semiconductor manufacturer Linear Technology, and Brad Taylor, director of technology operations for financial services firm Calypso Technology, said they needed more performance than they could get from spinning disk arrays, but found all-flash arrays too expensive. They both chose Nimble Storage systems that include four shelves for SSDs and 12 for spinning drives, and use the SSDs for cache….