To determine whether a storage platform would deliver acceptable virtual desktop performance, we created a VMware View virtual desktop pool of 800 virtual desktops (vDTs) hosted on a EqualLogic PS6110XS storage array, and another on the industry-leading SAN storage solution with a similar configuration. We instructed each virtual desktop pool to reboot all 800 vDTs, wait for an idle state, and run two sequential iterations of Login VSI medium workloads. Both iterations consisted of a 20-minute login storm, a 30-minute steady state, and a 15-minute logout period. We did not achieve a Dynamic VSImax for either storage platform.
Figures 9 and 10 illustrate our physical networks connectivity with respect to the storage solutions tested: We created a 10Gbps LAN with two stacked Dell Power Connect™ 8024F switches and a 10Gbps SAN with two stacked Force10™ S4810 switches. We installed a Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis fully populated with Dell PowerEdge M420 blade servers. We configured six Force10 MXL switches to create three fabrics for the chassis, fabrics A, B, and C. We connected Fabric A to our data network and fabrics B and C to our SAN. Each of the Power Edge M420 server LOM NICs are on Fabric A, and each of the Mezzanine NICs are on Fabric B or C. We attached all storage including the EqualLogic PS6110XS array and the industry-leading SAN storage solution to our storage network.