Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) makes a lot of sense on paper. Centralize management and maintenance by servers handle the brunt of the heavy lifting and let your employees interact with technologically lean, energy-efficient thin clients. In reality — and despite the claims of VDI vendors — companies have a couple of concerns, performance being chief among them. So they deploy traditional, power-guzzling desktops, hook them up to the network and are done with it.
Can SSDs sweeten the VDI deal? WhipTail Tech’s CTO, James Candelaria, thinks so.
In this CTO Edge post by Mike Vizard, WhipTail is pitching its newly-upgraded SSD SAN appliances as a way to boost VDI performance. He writes:
In particular, Candelaria said virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments are an excellent example where high-speed write IOPs are needed to ensure that a large number of workers do not experience application performance degradation when accessing shared server and storage resources.
It makes a lot of sense, actually, and the added energy savings are a major plus. Sure, the typical office worker that bangs out an email or two won’t likely need blazing fast performance, there are certainly functions like customer, ordering and account services that will benefit from speedy data retrieval and transaction times.
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