VMware Horizon View™ provides robust VDI capabilities and has exceptionally tight integration with vSphere. Likewise, Tintri provides a storage platform that deploys quickly and delivers an unparalleled combination of performance and density for VDI in a compact data center footprint. This helpful technical white paper offers guidance for deploying Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) VDI with VMware Horizon View™ on VMware vSphere and Tintri VMstore.
User desktop management has become very challenging for IT organizations. IT teams must support increasing numbers and types of end users, meet new regulatory compliance mandates, and defend against a wide spectrum of security threats − all while increasing operational efficiency. User expectations are also escalating, with the demand for responsive 24x7 access to all corporate applications and services from a variety of client devices.
IT organizations are now turning to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology to reduce the cost, complexity, and risk associated with desktop management. With more desktops moving into the datacenter, IT’s focus now includes:
Lowering the risk of deploying and scaling virtual desktop environments.
Boosting storage performance to ensure an excellent and consistent end-user experience.
Increasing operational efficiency and manageability to meet corporate mandates.
Enhancing disaster recovery and security to ensure high availability.
Improving the TCO and ROI of all virtual desktop deployments.
The key to success of any VDI initiative is choosing the right virtualization software. VMware Horizon Suite, and more specifically VMware Horizon (with View), delivers a personalized high fidelity experience for end users across all sessions and devices. It enables higher availability and agility of desktop services unmatched by traditional PCs, while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership by up to 50%. VMware Horizon (with View) end users achieve higher levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations.
The choice of storage platform is vitally important for the success of any VDI initiative. Unfortunately, there is a significant mismatch between the capabilities of traditional storage and the demands of virtualization − especially desktop virtualization. The challenges include:
Tintri smart storage enables enterprises to easily and cost-effectively maximize the benefits of their desktop virtualization deployments − all without having to manage the storage environment. Built on the industry’s first and leading smart storage architecture, Tintri VMstore is easily deployed as a single datastore into VDI environments, delivering the superior predictable performance, density, and control virtualized desktops need from storage in a compact form factor.
Tintri and VMware have developed a high-performance reference architecture to help enterprises reduce risk and speed the deployment of their VMware Horizon 6.0 (with View) and Tintri VMstore (running the newest Tintri OS 3.0) environments.
This reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It combines the technologies of the Tintri VMstore (running the newest Tintri OS 3.0) with VMware ESXiTM 5.5, and Horizon 6.0 (with View) software to produce a highly efficient, robust, and scalable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for a hosted virtual desktop deployment for 1,000 users.
The paper includes the results of a series of storage I/O performance tests, generated by LoginVSI 4.1—the industry standard VDI performance testing tool—on one test pool consisting of 1,000 users, and provides storage sizing guidance and best practices based on those results for designing and deploying View virtual desktops on a Tintri VMstore T650.
All 1,000 users running an office worker workload completed successfully for the test pool, without pegging CPUs, exhausting memory, or overloading storage systems.
VSI RESPONSE TIME
1,000 dedicated desktops, linked clones
1153 (@ 200 sessions) to 1683 (@ 1,000 sessions)
If VDI is on your list of priorities or you are looking to expand your current environment, the validated joint VDI solution from Tintri and VMware can help you successfully and cost effectively deploy desktop virtualization. The joint solution takes the guesswork out of planning and gives you the confidence to effortlessly handle any virtualized end-user environment. To view a demo of the joint VMware Horizon (with View) and Tintri smart storage, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 650.810.8200.
With the high-performing, validated Tintri and VMware Horizon (with View) reference architecture and VMware View Composer Array Integration (VCAI), you can:
Lower risk and cost-effectively deploy and scale desktop virtualization with as many as 2,000 end-users per Tintri VMstore
Deliver a high performing and consistent end-user experience with Ultrabook levels of performance
Keep end users connected and productive from a wide variety of clients with affordable easy to manage continuity
Provision user desktops from VMware Horizon (with View) using native VM-level closing, resulting in approximately 1,000 users provisioned per hour leveraging the integration between VMware and Tintri CloneVMTM
Unique control with VM-level actions for infrastructure functions including snapshots, replication and QoS make protection and performance certain in production, and accelerate test and development cycles.