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Vol. 10 Num. 8 October 2011

A dialog about VDI and storage

A systems integrator on the front lines of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation offers some solid advice. The following is a discussion I had with Keith Norbie, vice president of sales at Nexus Information Systems. Nexus is a system integrator that focuses on virtualization and storage. Keith and I talked about virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and its implementation challenges directly related to storage. Tony: What’s your role in your organization and what have you been doing so far in the VDI space specific to storage? Keith: I’ve been with Nexus for 12 years and in the industry for 20 with a focus on storage in the last 11 years. We’ve developed a storage vision with virtualization as the centerpiece. We’ve sized workloads for databases or backup, and looked at I/O profiles in a number of different characteristic formats and scientifically measured them. IOPS is an important factor for VDI to deliver what I call a “DirecTV” system for users. Tony: You take a look at how many desktops you’re going to have ...

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