New standard claimed for desktop virtualisation

Article Type: Feature          Published: 11-2013         Views: 2592   



New test results claim to dispel the conventional notion that hybrid arrays are more affordable and all-flash arrays too expensive for VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)

eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, has deployed more than 100 terabytes of Nimbus Data Systems’ S-Class flash memory to power its VMware virtual server infrastructure. The scale of the Nimbus deployment at eBay, which started with one system and expanded to 12 systems in less than one year, makes it among the world's largest consolidated deployments of network-attached flash storage for virtualisation today.

The selection of Nimbus came after eBay carefully evaluated its existing hard disk-based storage systems, flash-based caching solutions, and tiered storage architectures. eBay required a storage solution with tight integration with VMware virtual infrastructure, iSCSI connectivity over 10 Gigabit Ethernet, ease of administration, and inline deduplication to reduce storage capacity requirements. In the end, eBay was most attracted to the performance, efficiency, simplicity, and comprehensive SAN and NAS software capabilities of the Nimbus Sustainable Storage platform. The Nimbus solution delivered near line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI performance to the VMware hosts, while consuming 78 percent less energy and 50 percent less rackspace than conventional disk-based solutions.

"The scope and scale of the eBay platform requires technology solutions that help us innovate faster and deliver outstanding results to our users, both internally and across Nimbus' S-class solid state storage system delivers exceptional performance and response time that was not possible before with traditional disk-based systems," states Michael Craft, manager, QA Systems Administration. "Most impressively, Nimbus delivered a solution based entirely on flash memory, not a hybrid approach, at a price point comparable to primary disk arrays and with no software licensing fees to boot."

"We are delighted to support eBay's next-generation VMware infrastructure and efficient data centre vision with our Sustainable Storage platform," stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data Systems. "Nimbus' S-Class system and HALO storage operating system provide the most comprehensive software capability, the most non-disruptive scalability, the most versatile networking options, and the lowest cost per terabyte of any enterprise flash system. As organisations migrate from spinning disk to flash-based storage, wins like eBay demonstrate the maturity and superiority of Nimbus solutions as well as the market readiness for flash adoption in enterprise SAN and NAS environments."

Meanwhile, Nimbus Data Systems has shared third-party validated test results that, it claims, show its Gemini all-flash arrays and 16 Gb Fibre Channel deliver a cost-effective, scalable and high density storage solution for VMware View desktop virtualisation.

The Evaluator Group IOmark-VDI test results, states the company, "dispel the conventional notion that hybrid arrays are more affordable and that all-flash arrays are too expensive for VDI", showcasing Nimbus Data's sub-$40 per VDI image storage cost and 100,000 VDI images per rack cabinet density.

"This is the first all-flash 16 Gb Fibre Channel-based storage system with audited results," says Russ Fellows, senior partner of Evaluator Group and architect of the IOmark test suite. "Nimbus Data has set a new standard in VDI economics and scale, fully exercising the incredible potential of all-flash technology and 16 Gb Fibre Channel infrastructure, to simplify VDI and ensure its success."

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