Our testing demonstrated the performance and space-saving capabilities of the PowerMax storage system in VDI environments. Thanks to the built-in compression, deduplication, and thin provisioning capabilities of PowerMax, we provided a 97.5% storage savings with full clone desktops. Using the industry-standard tool for VDI testing, LoginVSI, we were able to show extremely low baseline performance scores and never reached a VSImax limit or produced an unstable environment. In addition, we have provided sizing guidelines, based on the hardware used in the tests.
With increased emphasis on security and consolidation, companies can leverage the power of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to conduct business operations. The improvements in server technology such as faster CPUs, higher core-count, and affordable large DRAM allow for higher desktop user density.
Dell EMC’s PowerMax storage system improves the deployment of virtual desktops by offering high reliability and availability, data reduction, high-performance, and many other features. With the Q3 2019 platform update, SCM drives and Machine Learning data placement add even more performance, and 32Gb/s front-end modules add even more bandwidth per port.
The choice of server type affects the user-density per compute node, and the choice of full clone vs. instant clone affects the type of deployment (on-demand, or persistent desktops) based on the company’s needs. PowerMax is a very capable storage platform that is flexible to support changing needs and quickly adjust to changes in workloads as necessary.