Virtualization

Benchmarking a Scalable and Highly Available Architecture for Virtual Desktops

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Executive Summary

This paper reports on a configuration for Virtual Desktops (VDs) which reduces the total hardware cost to approximately $32.41 per desktop, including the storage infrastructure. This number is achieved using a configuration with dual node, cross-mirrored and high availability storage. In comparison to previously published reports, which tout the storage infrastructure costs alone of VDI at from fifty to several hundred dollars per virtual machine, the significance of the data becomes self evident. In this paper, storage hardware costs become inconsequential.

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