Access "Configuring storage for virtual desktops"
This article is part of the Vol. 11 Num. 4 June 2012 issue of Beyond the hype of object-based storage
The goals of most desktop virtualization projects are reduced costs and efficient support operations, but building a storage infrastructure for virtual desktops has its challenges. [This story was updated June 2013] Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enables IT departments to centralize the applications and services offered on their users’ desktops into the data center. Users have some sort of “thin client” device locally but typically have no local data or applications installed. The desktop operating system runs within a virtual machine (VM) in the virtual infrastructure. Although analogous to server virtualization in that virtual hosts are placed on physical server resources, VDI presents some different and unique challenges for data storage management. A typical Windows virtual desktop deployment may require more than 20 GB of shared storage capacity, depending on the applications installed. In addition, each of those desktops on average will consume 5 IOPS to 10 IOPS, rising to about 10 times that at 50 IOPS to 100 IOPS during boot time. Configuring ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Inside object-based storage
by Jacob Gsoedl
Web 2.0 applications and cloud storage have shown that object-based storage offers unrivaled scalability and is also ideal for use with distributed applications.
NetBackup, Avamar top choices for backup apps again
by Rich Castagna
Both of last year's top Quality Awards backup applications keep up their winning ways with repeat victories over an expanding field of backup and recovery apps.
- Inside object-based storage by Jacob Gsoedl
Configuring storage for virtual desktops
by Chris Evans, Contributor
The goals of most desktop virtualization projects are reduced costs and efficient support operations, but building a storage infrastructure for virtual desktops has its challenges.
VM backup: almost too easy
by Rich Castagna
Almost all the respondents to our latest survey have virtualized some or all of their servers, and consider backup a piece of cake. What other VM backup myths did they debunk?
- Configuring storage for virtual desktops by Chris Evans, Contributor
Cloud storage’s missing link: Editorial
by Rich Castagna
Cloud storage is inevitable -- even the skeptics agree -- but the best route to the cloud will be through the data center. Get Rich Castagna's take on the subject.
A healthier diet for disaster recovery
by Jon William Toigo
Some upfront planning and a handful of non-proprietary products can make disaster recovery a whole lot easier.
Why recursive VSS is good for backing up virtualized Windows Servers
by Jason Buffington
Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) can back up Windows-based virtual servers while ensuring data is application-consistent.
How convergence can make your storage more valuable
by Jeff Boles, Contributor
The term “convergence” may have been overused by IT marketers, but it’s an important concept that should represent an ongoing design principle and can maximize storage investments.
- Cloud storage’s missing link: Editorial by Rich Castagna
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
If you're using a flash-based storage system, you're familiar with caching and tiering to accelerate data. Storage tiering is used in hybrid flash ...
Traditionally, storage arrays were purchased on three- to five-year contracts, but modern budgets often require companies to keep their arrays for ...
The unfettered growth of unstructured data, both human and (more and more) machine generated, has enterprises increasingly turning to scale-out NAS ...