Citrix Ready has created an opportunity for storage partners representing several different VDI storage options to plug their storage solutions into a turnkey "VDI Capacity" test environment located in our Santa Clara, CA solutions lab. This program was created with two goals in mind:
Meet a defined VDI storage workload without reaching storage latency thresholds, and
Do so with a cost- effective design
The test environment contained the necessary compute resources needed to generate a 750 user reference XenDesktop workload. The only thing missing was storage. These partners were each invited to plug their storage into the environment and demonstrate how they were able to provision the appropriate amount of storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design. As opposed to a traditional “benchmark”, whereby different achievement scores are possible, this “VDI Capacity” test is a simulation of “a day in the life” of a 750 user XenDesktop farm with the outcome being a simple, binary pass/fail. If a partner’s chosen storage solution can successfully support “a day’s” run to the defined user capacity while sustaining required performance metrics, the partner passes and the test ends.
The following twelve Citrix storage partners successfully met the program requirements and now certified as “750 User Verified” for XenDesktop.
The links in the matrix below provides access to each partner’s white paper describing their VDI storage strategy, how they went about meeting the VDI capacity storage challenge that was presented to them, as well as the projected cost per desktop and other tangible benefits.
Click here to read the program description, where we describe the challenges of VDI storage for Citrix customers from our perspective as well as a description of the various approaches to solving those challenges used by the vendors in this program. We also provide details of the VDI Capacity test program and methodologies used. We hope that customers find this information helps to lessen the confusion about which storage solution for XenDesktop is right for them, leading to enlightening discussions about VDI storage with customers and ultimately to more optimized and cost-effective storage designs.