Posts Tagged vdi
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.
Jeff Winter, IS Director for the City of Hot Springs and Garland County, describes how his team virtualized their critical applications and established a replicated data protection scheme using Nimble Storage.
Daniel Kwong, senior IT analyst for Sacramento City College, describes how he researched and implemented a virtual desktop solution for the college. Daniel provides checklists and best practices for determining how to best fit a solution to your environment.
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.
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.
Radhika Krishnan, Nimble Storage Head of Solutions and Alliances, talks with Courtney Burry, VMware Director of Product Marketing, about recently announced joint solutions, including:
1. Mobile Secure Desktop (MSD)
2. Branch Office Desktop (BOD)
3. Validated 1,000 seat VDI reference architecture
This is from Suresh, Nimble Storage CEO
Today, we are proud and excited to announce the Nimble SmartStack. The first SmartStack offering is targeted at VDI workloads, working closely with VMware and Cisco to produce an integrated solution that has been tested for interoperability, performance and fast deployment, and has been endorsed by all three companies. Several months ago, we announced the certification of our storage platform as part of the VMware rapid desktop program. Today, we are proud to be among a small number of storage platforms that are UCS certified. There are three major benefits from the SmartStack solution:
- Economically-Viable, Converged Infrastructure Solution for Mid-Sized Enterprises. Nimble was able to bring dramatic economic benefits through substantially higher performance, lower cost of capacity, dramatically better business continuity and operational simplicity to a mid-sized Enterprise – customers that were otherwise unable to deploy VDI projects because the cost of a pre-integrated converged infrastructure stack was prohibitively expensive.
- Best-of-Breed Flash-Optimized Storage, Available as Converged Infrastructure. The Nimble architecture is unparalleled in its ability to leverage flash for high performance along with low-cost HDDs for low cost of capacity. What further distinguishes our approach and makes us particularly well suited for workloads such as VDI is that our scale-to-fit architecture (see white paper ») allows us to be extremely flexible – we can increase the ratio of flash within our system when workloads such as VDI need higher performance or lower the ratio of flash when workload such as file services need greater capacity – thus spanning an extremely broad range of workloads.
- Channel Leverage. Over the last two years, we have built a rapidly growing base of over 300 channel partners, most of whom were already Cisco partners and VMware partners. Our SmartStack approach allows us to leverage that synergy and rapidly bring the solution to market.