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Vol. 10 Num. 12 February 2012

Three key VDI storage challenges

Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits. Organizations are increasingly adopting virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) to extend the benefits of virtualization from servers to user desktops. With VDI, each desktop is created as a virtual machine (VM) that’s centrally stored and managed in a consolidated server and storage infrastructure. VDI can provide IT managers with increased security and control, while users gain improved and more flexible access to their data and workloads. Other promised benefits -- such as better application performance, improved data protection, and simplified provisioning and management -- have proven more elusive. By far the biggest obstacle to these benefits has been inefficient storage. Challenge 1: Poor performance One of the biggest VDI storage pain points is performance, which can be compromised when multiple VMs on the same server access shared physical resources at the same time. This can happen ...

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Features in this issue

  • 2011 Storage Products of the Year

    by  SearchStorage.com Editors

    These 18 enterprise data storage products rank as the best of 2011 and stand out because of their innovation, practicality and good value.

  • How storage stacks stack up

    by  Eric Slack

    Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

  • New tape techs

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium.

Columns in this issue

  • Three key VDI storage challenges

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.

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