VMware View Large-Scale Reference Architecture w/ XtremIO

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Reference Architecture:

This reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses the VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications, composed of Cisco UCS server blades and EMC XtremIO flash storage, to support a 7,000-user VMware® Horizon View™ 5.2 deployment.


Extensive user-experience and operations testing, including Login VSI desktop performance benchmark testing on over 80,000 desktops, revealed world-class operational performance. A simple design architecture and efficient use of storage preserved ease of use at an attractive price point. The results are summarized here and further described later in this paper.


The XtremIO architecture, with inline dedupe in front of an all-flash design creates a storage array that's FASTER than flash...and where dedupe also increases the reliability and durability of the flash drives by limiting the number of duplicate writes.


  • If you are a desktop administrator who has wrestled in the past with having to decide between fully-persistent desktops and linked-clone desktops, XtremIO is for you.


  • If you are a desktop administrator who has had to troubleshoot storage performance issues on your traditional storage array, XtremIO is for you.


  • If you are a desktop administrator who has spent countless hours optimizing your image to scrape out every IO possible to keep the cost of the storage down and the user experience UP...then XtremIO is for you.


Check out this RA below which demonstrates how XtremIO can scale UP...way UP...to support 7000 users.


This reference architecture validates the performance of the solution and provides guidelines to build similar solutions.


Reference Architecture

Original Links:

Originally Published:  November 2013

Documents Attached:

  • Reference Architecture:  vmware-horizon-view-large-scale-reference-architecture.pdf


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