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VDI Made Simple with Tintri and VMware

Manage Desktops NOT Storage

The promise of VDI is clear. Virtualizing and centralizing desktops offers a more secure and manageable end-user computing model. However, managing an increasing number of users while maintaining user experience remains very challenging for IT organizations. Organizations that have decided to enable VDI often accept that it’s supposed to be complex, and that storage in particular will be a source of pain. Tintri challenges those assumptions.

Challenges of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Common barriers to realizing the full potential of VDI include:

  • Poor Performance: Performance can be impacted by: boot storms, virus scans, latency spikes and even unpredictable user workloads. The performance shortfalls inhibit user acceptance and diminish productivity.
  • Lack of Visibility: The jumble of LUNs, volumes, RAID groups, and other components of conventional storage systems render it virtually impossible to have visibility. Problem outliers and one-off performance issues that degrade system reliability and usability can remain hidden behind a veil of complexity.
  • Management Complexity: Most VDI administrators are not storage experts. Yet conventional storage systems require expert-level knowledge just to troubleshoot. That complexity can hinder the rapid resolution that is sometimes essential to properly managing VDI.

Combining the power of VMware Horizon and Tintri VMstore

With validated Tintri and VMware Horizon (with View) reference architecture, VMware View Composer Array Integration (VCAI):

  • Your VDI team shouldn't require a storage PhD to deliver great performance. Keep VMware Horizon (with View) deployment and management both simple and scalable – as many as 5,000 desktops in a single logical datastore on one Tintri VMstore.
  • Each desktop VM, whether it’s a task worker or power user, has its own “lane”. Tintri quality of service (QoS) guarantees performance. Desktop and server workloads can coexist on the same VMstore without creating contention.
  • No more overprovisioning – Tintri provides higher VM density than other storage providers — up to 5,000 desktop VMs in two rack units—and simply scales as you grow.
  • 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 VMstore.

Tintri Unique Features

  • Predictable performance with sub-millisecond latencies can be achieved in a fraction of the footprint of conventional storage. VMstore keeps users productive, effectively handling boot and login storms, desktop updates, virus scans, and performance-hungry applications.
  • VM-aware storage (VAS) that lets you focus on VMs and applications, not LUNS and volumes, Consistently providing the best performance does not require manual tuning or storage management. This is possible through Tintri VM-level QoS and the ability to eliminate “noisy neighbor” effect between end-user and server VMs.
  • A single pane of glass interface provides end-to-end, VM-level visibility into performance latency across compute, networking, and storage, enabling IT to proactively solve end-user experience issues quickly and efficiently.

Choosing the Right VDI Software: VMware. Horizon™ (with View)

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.


vmware“Tintri’s reference architecture can provide virtual desktop scale and high performance that is predictable and linear at a very low cost per desktop.”

Mason Uyeda, Director, Technical Marketing, VMware


 

VMware Fast Track Validated VDI Reference Architecture

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 environments. This reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It produces a highly efficient, robust, and scalable VDI for a hosted virtual desktop deployment for 1,000 users.

See Figure 1 for the results of a series of storage I/O performance tests, generated by LoginVSI 4.1—the industry standard VDI performance testing tool, and provides storage sizing guidance and best practices based on those results for designing and deploying View virtual desktops on a Tintri VMstore. All 1,000 users running an office worker workload completed successfully for the test pool, without pegging CPUs, exhausting memory, or overloading storage systems.

LoginVSI 4.1 Test Results
Figure 1: LoginVSI 4.1 Test Results

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