EMC Infrastructure for VMware Horizon View 5.2 w/ XtremIO

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This solution aids in the design ans successful deployment of virtual desktops on VMware Horizon View 5.2  This soluiton ensure the ultimate desktop performance, while at the same time delivering a highly attractive cost per desktop - not just for storage, but for the overall infrastructure.


Customers deploying XtremIO will quickly realize...

  • A user experience that is superior to that of a physical desktop equipped with dedicated SSD
  • Increased control and scurity of ther global, mobile desktop environment, typically ther most at-risk environment
  • Better end-user producitivity with a more consistent environment
  • Simplified management of desktop content confined to thier data center
  • Better support of service-level agreements and compliance initiatives
  • Lower operational and mantenances costs than physical desktops.


In this reference architecture and companion solution guide, EMC validated 2500 fully persistent and 2500 non-persistent linked-clone virtual desktops on a single Xbrick, with average IOPS ranging from 5 to 33 per desktop.  Also prety signifigant are the Peak IOPS ovserved during both Bootstorms, SCCM Patching events.


See below the storage used once 2500 desktops have been deployed onto the XtremIO.  What's really cool to see is the dedup ratio of 81:1.  That means that although there are 2500 fully provisioned desktops, each with an average size of 20gb, we are only consuming 479gb of the physical capacity.  No storage "tax" for using persistent desktops.



Check out he docs below to see how easy it is to implement and manage virtual desktops with the XtremIO Platform.


Also, check out the XtremIO doc "Best Practice Considerations for Testing All-Flash Arrays" as a great view into how you should test an all-flash array, and how that differ from the testing done against traditional Hybrid-types of arrays.


Reference Architecture:


Reference ArchitectureProven Solutions Guide


Reference Architecture

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Originally Published:  November 2013


Documents Attached:

  • Reference Architecture
  • Solution Guide

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