By Jeff Reilly on Jul 26, 2012
BriForum 2012 in Chicago includes great sessions from industry experts and consultants focused on VDI and Server Based Computing. One session delivered by Ron Oglesby of Unidesk presented "How you can solve common problems with VDI". As VDI deployments have increased in size a major challenge as been optimizing storage to deliver the IOPS required for desktop workloads. This requirement often is in conflict with the goals of reducing the CAPEX investment of implementing VDI.
Ron Oglesby recommends the use of "Hybrid Storage Arrays" that provide a combination of large controller memory, Solid State Disk (SSD) for high IOPS, combined with lower cost array disks. He then asks if anyone has heard of ZFS?
When you consider this general recommendation from Ron, it aligns with the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution that for years has taken advantage of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. Otherwise considered a "Hybrid Storage Array" that as Ron generically suggests works very well for desktop workloads.
Ron goes on to mention the option of using local storage for lowering the CAPEX cost for VDI that can provide high IOPS with the lower cost of internal disks within the hypervisor server. Local storage is not for all deployments but can certainly be used for deployments such as flexible desktops without high availability requirements.
The latest release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure aligns well with this recommendation by supporting fast local storage installed on servers running the Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor. The Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor when installed on Oracle Solaris can provide the local storage with ZFS combined with the large server memory footprint available with Oracle Servers. Additionally, the Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor can be deployed onto Oracle Linux and leverage the Oracle Cluster Files System V2 (OCFS2) combined with the large memory available with Oracle Servers.
The Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure strategy that leverages hardware and software optimized for delivering virtual desktop workloads clearly is lining up with recommendations from virtual desktop experts.