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Feb152012

PEX Quick Take 2/14: Designing View with local SSD

The "View Reference Architecture" session presented an intriguing design option for ensuring View performance - using local SSD drives in blade servers for the linked clone/active desktop VM images. This is a solution primarily for "stateless" desktops (i.e. desktop images that are deleted without saving user configurations when the user logs out) and takes advantage of tiered storage features in View 5. The benefits of this solution include lower dependance on backend SAN storage to scale the solution up, thereby minimizing many of the challenges and bottlenecks the backend SAN can present. SAN storage is still a valuable component however for the server VMs, Gold desktop images, etc...

I think "stateless" desktops can also be used with persona management to save users preferences without having to have persistent desktops. We may have to lab this.

The Cisco B230 blades can be configured with 128GB or 200GB SSDs. Worth looking at if the requirements fit.

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