Organizations of all types and sizes are turning to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and the latest in end-user computing (EUC) to replace physical desktop systems and deliver greater mobility, manageability, and security for their anytime, anywhere workforces.
Despite the many advantages of VDI, its unique I/O (Input/Output) characteristics can be difficult for many storage systems to handle. Under normal steady-state conditions, the VDI workload has a high percentage of write I/O operations. Other events however, such as near-simultaneous logons by a large volume of users (which typically occurs most mornings), create big spikes in read I/O.
Conventional storage systems, AKA standard infrastructure, often must be over- provisioned to accommodate these varying I/O patterns, driving up storage costs. This is one reason why storage is the single largest capital expense for VDI.
But don’t despair. Over the past several years, a number of innovations have emerged that simplify VDI and the evolution of EUC. In particular, the availability of Intelligent Infrastructure that natively understands virtualization and virtual machines has fundamentally reduced the administrative effort, and improved both the performance and cost structure of VDI.
Read this guide to understand the selection criteria you need to focus on to identify storage that will not only match your needs and budget, but deliver the ultimate experience for end-users.
Included are guidelines around performance, scaling, management, data protection, and AI-driven ways to automate and optimize each of these areas to put you on a path to VDI and EUC success.