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Storage Virtualization Vendors: Virsto - Best Storage Savings

Updated on December 10, 2011

Solve Xendesktop Boot Storms With Virsto Storage Hypervisor

photo by powazny on Flickr
photo by powazny on Flickr

Citrix Ready is a program that targets 3rd party vendors who produce products that can complement the Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructure. A subset of the Citrix Ready program is the Citrix Ready Storage Partners and innovative companies can compete in the Citrix Ready Storage Challenge in order to complete a testing and verification process to insure that their products are capable of making the best use of the datacenter in collaboration with Citrix. The most recent event was the Citrix Ready Storage Challenge 2011 which held some interesting winners looking to take data virtualization into 2012 in big ways.

The categories of the Citrix Ready Storage Challenge are Most Innovative Video, Most Innovative Technology, Best Performance, Best Storage Savings, and Best Deployment for Desktop Virtualizations overall. The companies who won top honors in the various categories are all branded Citrix Ready through the passing of various verification tests and those who want to place top honors in the Citrix Ready Storage Challenge 2012 can download sample tests from the website.

The best storage savings category was taken by the Virsto storage hypervisor virtualization solution which takes on virtual desktop infrastructure as well as virtual server infrastructure projects in ways compatible with Citrix Xendesktop. Under utilized storage capacity is able to be instantly thin provisioned from "golden masters" delivering a savings of up to 50%. The contest entry video from Virsto showed how to create a clone group of 2000 clones of the master image in seconds which can help solve Xendesktop boot storms and login storms all through the simple management interface. The peak load of virtual desktops is most always created during the booting and rebooting phase of the containers and creates what virtualization administrators call a "boot storm" if many desktops undergo this booting at the same time. Imagine an office of 1000 employees all clocking-in at the same time in the morning and booting their systems all creating increased disk IOPS and higher CPU loads. Troubleshooting these boot storms on Citrix Xendesktop and elsewhere often requires compromises and such techniques as virtual desktop idle pools where the pool management allows a ready vda to be delivered to the user. Citrix also recommends things like tweaking theMaximumTransitionRate, Registration Timeout on Xendesktop 3 or XD4. XD5 users can make advanced hypervisor scalability changes from within the Desktop Studio gui. Any data storage decision maker should undergo a cost-benefit analysis of the Virsto storage hypervisor to determine if the significant savings can make sense for the application at hand.

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