VDI and Storage: A Reference List

11 01 2010

Pioneers! O pioneers!…one of my favorite poems by Walt Whitman echoes in my mind whenever I think about VDI, and no this isn’t a Levi’s commercial.  So what’s the connection…well I feel like it’s a great analogy to the unchartered territory that is virtual desktops, and all of the peripheral technologies associated with this paradigm shifting approach to desktop delivery.  Nobody said that being a pioneer is easy though, and while this all sounds very romantic it can be extremely challenging to work in an area of technology where there isn’t a ton of industry focus, knowledge or best practice established.

Perhaps one of the most critical aspects of VDI, and probably the least understood, is storage.  But take heart pioneers, as there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Every day brings more and more contributions to the community of VDI, and more importantly these contributions are starting to come from other areas of the IT industry such as storage professionals that traditionally have had no focus on virtual desktops.  Case in point is Chad Sakac who writes under the guise of Virtual Geek, one of my favorite blogs, which focuses mainly on storage and server virtualization.  However, Chad recently wrote a great blog outlining his experiences with large VDI environments that I feel is a no-nonsense summary of the important points to consider when architecting your overall virtual desktop infrastructure.  I have pulled from this blog as well as various other sources such as Duncan Epping at Yellow Bricks, Herco Van Brugh, Citrix, EMC, VMware as well as Brian Madden, Ruben Spruijt, etc, with the attempt to build a running list of the best sources of information as it relates to VDI and storage.

http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2009/12/whats-what-in-vmware-view-and-vdi-land.html#more – Chad Sakac’s post on VMware View and Storage

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-Ref-Architecture-for-CISCO-EMC-CLARIION-RAB-EN-VCE.pdf – VMware reference architecture for UCS, Clariion, and View 4

http://www.emc.com/collateral/software/white-papers/view-ucs-vmax-whitepaper.pdf – Scalability Study for View, UCS, and Symmetrix V-Max

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_VDI_Server_and_Storage_Sizing_120508.pdf – Server and storage sizing for VMwareVDI

http://virtuall.eu/download-document/vdi-storage-deep-impact – VDI and Storage white paper written by Herco van  Brug

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/rubenspruijt/archive/2009/12/10/vdi-and-storage-deep-impact.aspx – Storage Design and VDI post by Ruben Spruijt

As stated, I intend for this to be a running list so please feel free to contribute any other relative info on the subject of VDI and storage design as well as any personal experiences.  There is a hungry community out there waiting to hear from you!

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