Virtualization

The VMware Reference Architecture for Cisco UCS and EMC Clariion With VMware View 4

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Executive Summary

Organizations today need dexterous Information Technology (IT) solutions which need to take care of many considerations. The IT system should take care of data storage needs, follow the Service Level Agreements (SLA's) manage appropriate user access and offer the requisite user specific requirements. Other issues like compliance, governance and business continuity also need to be appropriately taken care of. Therefore, the need of the hour is validated solutions of virtual desktops which can take care of all these requisites. VMware offers a cost effective validated solution for virtual desktops which includes a complete data center system, software, hardware, and related licenses, all within a total cost of $750/ seat. The solution packages include VMware View and VMware vSphere, CLARiiON storage from EMC and Unified Computing System from CISCO. The complete solution was tested in laboratory environment with 2,048 users concurrently with reasonable desktop workload. The tests went on to show that the VMware View 4 architecture was successful in all the test parameters and still had ample space left in CPU headroom to accommodate the occasional spikes on CPU usage. One of the USPs of the solutions is that the complete solution has low acquisition and installation costs and has all the necessary security requirements taken care of. Moreover, the VMware has released the paper giving details on the proposed architecture, challenges met in virtual desktop environments, testing parameters, the benefits of the proposed solutions and the test results.

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