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Vol. 10 Num. 1 March 2011

Managing storage for virtual desktops

Virtual desktops promise savings and consolidation similar to what server virtualization delivers, but once again, storage is a big issue. By Eric Siebert Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) involves many critical considerations, but storage may be the most vital. User experience can often determine the success of a VDI implementation, and storage is perhaps the one area that has the most impact on the user experience. If you don't design, implement and manage your VDI storage properly, you're asking for trouble. VDI's impact on storage The biggest challenge for storage in VDI environments is accommodating the periods of peak usage when storage I/O is at its highest. The most common event that can cause an I/O spike is the "boot storm" that occurs when a large group of users boots up and loads applications simultaneously. Initial startup of a desktop is a very resource-intensive activity with the operating system and applications doing a lot of reading from disk. Multiplied by hundreds of desktops, the amount of ...

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