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VDI's Holy Grail?

Via its ILIO product, Atlantis Computing initially made a name for itself by slashing I/Ops ten-fold--dramatically decreasing the need for expensive SAN storage--reducing client boot times from an average of 126 seconds to 24 seconds, and de-duplicating storage, enabling the creation of persistent clients that used no more storage than their non-persistent counterparts.

Now, with the recent introduction of Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI, the company seems within reach of the Holy Grail of VDI: the elimination of all storage-related CAPEX and OPEX, and a further decrease in desktop boot times to 12 seconds. The new product is also said to be the first solution to eliminate storage for Citrix and VMware virtual desktop images.

As the company is quick to note, with existing VDI solutions, virtual desktop images are stored on either shared SAN/NAS storage or local SAS/SSD disks, which are bogged down by limited I/Ops for VDI workloads, and tend to have brief lifespans and warranties--all of which can be deal-breakers for less affluent users.

Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI software comes to the rescue by performing NTFS traffic processing and inline deduplication of images to run all desktops from local server memory, meaning the days of crippling disk failures are gone along with exorbitant storage requirements for rack space, power and cooling. The company claims that diskless VDI produces response times that exceed even those of the most expensive local SSD drives (MLC or SLC), while slashing VDI CAPEX to less than $200 per desktop.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 02/01/2012 at 12:48 PM


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