Atlantis Computing, in association with GlassHouse Technologies, recently made available stateless reference architecture through Citrix XenDesktop. Both organizations have designed and tested the Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft (News - Alert) Hyper-V Reference Architecture using Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI storage optimization software.
Apart from simplifying Citrix XenDesktop implementations, the joint reference architecture enhances the user experience. As a local server RAM (News - Alert) is used as the main storage for virtual desktops, the joint reference architecture assists in reducing the CAPEX expense for each desktop to $195.
"Typically VDI deployments force customers to compromise on either the cost per desktop or the user experience, an archaic choice for something that is supposed to be a technological step forward,” said Jay Seaton, CMO at GlassHouse. “When we design VDI reference architectures, the goal with our clients is to balance the cost per desktop, improve the user experience and reduce the operational overhead to maintain and scale the VDI infrastructure. This stateless reference architecture drives down the cost per desktop by eliminating storage and the I/O performance using local server RAM results in a better-than-physical-user experience, and enables deployments that scale using only servers and software."
The necessity for conventional storage is avoided as Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop images are stored with the help of local server RAM. A maximum of 140 virtual desktops can be supported by the reference architecture on each server.
According to Bernard Harguindeguy, president and CEO at Atlantis Computing, the complete implementation is simplified by eliminating storage from VDI, ensuring scalability of VDI and avoiding project risks.
In just a few hours, thousands of desktops can be implemented with Citrix XenDesktop and Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI.
"As customers begin their desktop transformation, storage is often the key challenge to overcome to achieve successful deployments both from a cost and user experience perspective,” said Rana Kanaan, VP, Product Management, Desktops and Apps, Citrix. “The ability to use RAM as storage for virtual desktops with Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI is truly innovative. This reference architecture provides a blueprint showing customers how they can take advantage of this great technology to lower their cost per desktop, simplify their deployment and deliver an outstanding user experience."