Network architecture innovator Fusion-io has made generally available its Fusion ioVDI software for VMware Horizon View hosted virtual desktop environments. Fusion ioVDI software speeds the deployment of VMware Horizon View virtual desktops by combining server flash performance with the manageability benefits of installed shared storage.
Fusion ioVDI software is a virtual desktop solution that offers Write Vectoring, a technology that monitors and directs session-based desktop writes uniquely to server-side flash. By limiting shared storage interaction to the small number of writes that persist between login sessions, Write Vectoring preserves the use of VMware value-added features such as vMotion, HA, DRS, and SRM that require shared storage while substantially reducing SAN or NAS performance dependencies.
Fusion ioVDI software also accelerates reboot times with a technology called Transparent File Sharing, which enables many hosted virtual desktops to simultaneously share common files. As VMware Horizon View Storage Accelerator can use up to 2GB of RAM, Transparent File Sharing optimizes performance by rapidly sharing common files throughout the VDI infrastructure.
“In many ways, virtual desktops are the litmus test of application acceleration expertise,” said Lee Caswell, Fusion-io vice president, Virtualization Products Group. “Every desktop user is a hypercritical judge of performance, and every desktop administrator is looking to simplify the scaling of centralized desktops to minimize both capital and operating expenses.”
Fusion ioVDI software is available now as stand-alone software and as an integrated solution featuring ioVDI software and Fusion ioMemory flash through Fusion-io channel partners at a manufacturer’s list price of $50 per desktop.