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Why you should move your VDI to Windows 8

DABCC
I believe I may have found a pretty compelling reason to migrate your VDI deployment to Windows 8. While running some experiments I collected some statistics for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 2K8 Server running as virtual desktops. At this point we should all be familiar with the challenges associated with the number and latency of […]

Why Citrix PVS isn’t Going Away

DABCC
There seems to be quite a bit of discussion on Citrix replacing Provisioning Services (PVS) with Machine Creation Services (MCS), especially in the new release hopefully going GA soon. In light of the new release, while MCS is expanding and finding more uses, I think people forget why PVS is still relevant and the best […]

Optimize Windows 8 for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments

DABCC
Optimize and tuning a Windows 8 desktop in a VDI environment is important to reduce for example the CPU, IOPS and the memory footprint. During the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 a breakout session about optimizing a Windows 8 desktop for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is held. The session has three main subjects: Microsoft Guidance […]

New Release of Veeam Management Pack for System Center 2012 Provides Powerful Forecasting and Planning for Virtual Environments

Veeam
Veeam Software, innovative provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for Windows Server Hyper-V and VMware, today announced the immediate availability of Veeam Management Pack™ (MP) v6 for VMware, which gives large to mid-sized IT organizations that use Microsoft System Center additional powerful forecasting and planning capabilities to better manage VMware environments. Veeam MP […]

Citrix: Designing your Desktop Virtualization Architecture

DABCC
One of the first questions someone doing desktop virtualization wants answered is usually one of the following questions: How many servers do I need? How many IOPS? How many XenDesktop Controllers do I need? I’ve seen it many times and have been asked these questions many times. The typical answer is “It depends” (I really […]

Designing your Desktop Virtualization Architecture – Citrix XenDesktop

DABCC
One of the first questions someone doing desktop virtualization wants answered is usually one of the following questions How many servers do I need? How many IOPS? How many XenDesktop Controllers do I need? I’ve seen it many times and have been asked these questions many times. The typical answer is “It depends” (I really […]

Building NAS Box With SoftNAS

SoftNAS
I’ve recently bought some parts to replace my old NAS build to get more power and more IOPS. This NAS box will be used for lab only. I also recovered some parts from the old box, but added some SSD’s. The Mini-NAS will be used also as an ESXi box. While the Mini-ITX boards are […]

The Simpler Path to VDI Success: Persistent Virtual Desktops That Are Cheaper and Faster than Physical PCs

DABCC
You can now deploy the virtual desktops you have always wanted using your existing desktop images, tools and desktop management processes that have been in place for years. Persistent virtual desktops provide the least disruptive and easiest transition from physical PCs to virtual desktops but also come at a cost per desktop of $1,000-$2,000 when […]

Application Usage Metering with uberAgent for Splunk

DABCC
uberAgent has been pretty good at monitoring applications for some time. It is capable of auto-grouping processes to applications and showing IOPS and other stats per application in addition to per process. All this gets even better today: beta 2, available now, adds application usage metering to the feature list. What is Application Usage Metering? […]

The Impossibility of Measuring IOPS (Correctly)

DABCC
If you have ever used Sysinternals’ Process Monitor, chances are high you were a little intimidated when you looked at your first capture: it probably contained hundreds of thousands registry and file system events, generated in a minute or less. That amount of activity must surely indicate high system load – but strangely, very often […]

Solid State, Flash-Based Storage Technical Deep Dive with DABCC

DABCC
By now, you have heard that flash-based storage can improve the performance of virtual environments. See first hand how with the right flash-based storage array this is absolutely true! Chris Nichols, Senior Systems Engineer at WHIPTAIL, and industry expert Doug Brown from DABCC host this extremely informative webinar featuring a demo of WHIPTAIL’s silicon storage array enhancing a virtual […]

IOPs and Virtual Desktops

DABCC
There always seems to be confusion when talking about IOPs and virtual desktops (VDI). I often have people tell me their users do 40-50 IOPs. My next question is “what is the read/write ratio?”, which is often followed by a deer-in-head-lights look. What does it mean to say a user does 40 IOPs? Is that […]

Virtual Bridges Re-Defines VDI with Powerful Desktop Cloud Solution

DABCC
Virtual Bridges, Inc. today announced general availability of its desktop cloud solution, featuring fully-integrated, multi-tenant operations. Designed to support the $11.2 billion cloud-based virtual desktop market1, Virtual Bridges is ideal for enterprises with distributed operations that want to provide high-quality, affordable desktop clouds to end user devices as well as Managed Service Providers (MSPs) offering […]

Storage Optimization with VMware Horizon View

DABCC
Properly designing and sizing storage is key to successfully deploying virtual desktops. Transitioning from pilot to production is completely dependent on getting both the storage design and sizing right. If you get this wrong- you will negatively affect user experience, application responsiveness and your cost per desktop. So how do you get it right? Ultimately, […]

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