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Webinar: Don't believe the hype, you don't need dedicated storage for VDI

Webinar: Don't believe the hype, you don't need dedicated storage for VDI

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This webinar covers how the combination of SolidFire and Citrix XenDesktop enables customers to confidently support the storage demands of a virtual desktop environment in a multi-tenant or multi-application environment.

This webinar covers how the combination of SolidFire and Citrix XenDesktop enables customers to confidently support the storage demands of a virtual desktop environment in a multi-tenant or multi-application environment.

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Webinar: Don't believe the hype, you don't need dedicated storage for VDI

  1. 1. aaron@solidfire.com Don’t believe the hype, you don’t need dedicated storage for VDI Virtualization/VDI Architect August 12, 2014 Aaron Patten, @jedimt
  2. 2. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready2 Citrix Ready Program Launched in 2007. Over 27,000+ product verifications. 27,000+ Product Verifications 950+ Technology Partners 2,000,000+ Online Catalog Page Views The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, mobility, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third-party products that have successfully met rigorous verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering
  3. 3. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready3 “Citrix Ready is the #1 source to evaluate verified partner products for customers making a Citrix purchasing decision”  Xchange Marketplace- www.citrix.com/ready  Citrix Ready Program- www.citrix.com/partner-programs/citrix-ready.html
  4. 4. Why do we dedicate storage for applications?
  5. 5. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready5 Why we have dedicated storage for VDI •Discovering how to integrate into existing infrastructure is very difficult •Unpredictable and volatile VDI workloads (boot storm, patches) •Inability to guarantee acceptable user experience •Difficulty scaling existing storage assets from pilot/POC to production •Scale-up storage model does not enable elastic scaling •Complex desktop management & scheduled maintenance requirements for VDI
  6. 6. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready6 Wrangling I/O in VDI Multitenant Environments Delivering the flexibility & adaptability to enable large scale VDI deployments
  7. 7. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready7 The Noisy Neighbor Effect  Individual tenant impacts other applications  Unsuitable for performance sensitive apps SolidFire QoS in Practice  Create fine-grained tiers of performance  Application performance is isolated  Performance SLAs enforced Noisy Neighbor Performance 0 Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3 Decreased Performance Eliminating Noisy (Desktop) Neighbors
  8. 8. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready8 Cloud Orchestration Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Database - Solutions - SolidFire Advantages • Single, scalable, shared storage infrastructure • Guaranteed performance to all applications • Dynamic orchestration layer integration • Complete Automation Virtual Infrastructure
  9. 9. Introducing a Scalable Approach to VDI Storage in an Enterprise Shared Storage for All!
  10. 10. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready10 The SolidFire Solution Scale-out high performance storage systems designed for large scale infrastructure  Most Scalable All-Flash storage system 4 – 100 nodes, 48TB – 3.4PB, 7.5M IOPS Industry-standard hardware, 10 GigE iSCSI 20X performance of traditional SANs  Most complete enterprise feature set of any AFA  10x reduction in operational cost  Delivered below $3/GB
  11. 11. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready11 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with SolidFire Adaptable Infrastructure Eliminate Storage Sprawl Granular Scalability Simplified VDI Administration Lowest $/Desktop The SolidFire Advantage
  12. 12. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready12 Adaptable Infrastructure •Go from pilot to production and beyond •Design for X and change to Y on the fly •Adjust QoS controls to accommodate boot storms, virus scans, patching and recompose operations •Share storage infrastructure with other workloads (tenants), each with defined performance parameters
  13. 13. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready13 Eliminate Storage Sprawl •Extremely dense deployment with 1000+ desktops per node keeps footprint small •Collapse multiple application silos to a true shared storage infrastructure •Fined grained QoS allows mixing of disparate workloads without fear of noisy neighbor issues
  14. 14. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready14 Granular Scalability •Incrementally add nodes to increase total IOPS and capacity available to desktop pools •Logically scale existing volumes to increase performance and capacity on demand •No forklift replacements when desktop capacity is out grown •No downtime required to scale environment
  15. 15. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready15 Simplified VDI Administration •Provisioning storage to the broker software is as simple as “how much?” and “how fast?” •Speed up desktop provisioning and maintenance •Automatically balance desktop workload across the entire system eliminating hot spots •Self-healing eliminates fire drills from failures •SolidFire rolling upgrades do not mandate outage window -> critical for mixed workload / multitenant environments
  16. 16. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready16 Lowest $ per Desktop •Inline data efficiency means all desktop profiles are cost effective •VDI storage costs under $50 / desktop •Less than $1 per desktop IO •Fit 1,000+ desktops per node = optimal data center footprint
  17. 17. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready17 XenDesktop on SolidFire Reference Architecture  Strong User Experience  Low $/Desktop  Simplicity of Scale  Design Adaptability  Dedicated Performance with Shared Infrastructure Economics
  18. 18. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready18 SolidFire Powering XenDesktop - QoS 750 Desktops delivered via PVS 7 Write Cache File Volumes 11 x 1TB volumes 70 desktops per volume QoS settings per volume minIOPS = (Number of VM’s per Volume) * 25 maxIOPS = (Number of VM’s per Volume) * 100 burstIOPS = (Number of VM’s per Volume) * 250
  19. 19. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready19 SolidFire Powering XenDesktop – Boot Storm • System Center sequentially booted all desktops • Peak IO and Bandwidth requirements easily handled • Consumed less than 1/8th available performance of cluster
  20. 20. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready20 • Medium workload with LoginVSI 3.7 Pro • Avg vcache latency = .5 ms at 750 sessions • Avg cluster utilization = 8% at 750 sessions • VSImax not reached SolidFire Powering XenDesktop – LoginVSI
  21. 21. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready21 SolidFire Powering XenDesktop – Efficiency Capacity consumed for 750 desktops < 25GB • Deduplication factor 6.01x • Compression factor 3.26x • Total reduction of over 18x on write cache files
  22. 22. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready22 Citrix XenDesktop Reference Architecture Available at www.solidfire.com/vdi
  23. 23. Hybrid Clouds with Citrix Powered by SolidFire
  24. 24. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Market Drivers for Hybrid Cloud Provisioning Flex Examples: Seasonal Workers Citrix migrations testing Grow Examples: On-board M&A Organic usage growth Transform Examples: “Don’t Own Stuff” Hardware Refresh Optimize CAPEX Build for Speed Think Differently
  25. 25. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute • Proven product: Fast provisioning, proven at scale • Flexible: Application-centric cloud uniquely delivers every workload • Scalable: Amazon style operations and scale • Open: Built on Apache CloudStack, AWS-like APIs powered by Apache CloudStack
  26. 26. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Optimized Citrix Desktop Cloud Solution Private IaaS Cloud Data Center A Data Center B Data Center N Mobile Apps Deploy Manage Scale Farm 1 Deploy Manage Scale Virtual Desktops Deploy Manage Scale Farm 2 Deploy Manage Scale Web Apps Deploy Manage Scale
  27. 27. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute • Flexibility • Storage Control • True Multi-Tenancy • Time to Value / Time to Market SolidFire & Orchestration Native multi-tenant architecture, best-in-class integrations
  28. 28. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready28 Top Takeaways 1. True shared storage for applications, including VDI 2. Guaranteed performance for applications, adjustable on the fly 3. SolidFire + XenDesktop + CloudPlatform = scalable multi-tenant and multi- workload architecture
  29. 29. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential. Citrix Ready29 For more information or to put this into action: www.solidfire.com/vdi @jedimt @solidfire 720-523-2378 info@solidfire.com
  30. 30. Questions and Feedback CitrixReady@citrix.com www.citrix.com/ready

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