Tuesday, 24 July 2012

ESG Lab Validation Report: Quest Workspace Virtualization

The kind people at ESG have released a new white-paper/report on a comparison of Quest's Workspace Desktop Virtualization with Microsoft's Hyper-V System Center. 

The report was based on QWDV and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Hyper-V running on 40 industry-standard servers (each with 12 CPU cores, up to 96GB of RAM, and cost-effective 10K RPM DAS) was used to deploy 3,000 fully functioning virtual desktops that were ready for logon in about 41 minutes.

Here are some highlights of the report
  • Performance scaled in a perfectly linear fashion as the number of virtual desktops was scaled from 200 to 3,000.
  • ESG Lab verified an impressive reduction in total IOPS of up to 88% when provisioning desktops in a Hyper-V enabled virtual desktop environment with Quest HyperCache and cost-effective DAS compared to a similarly configured SAN-attached test bed without HyperCache.
  • Quest integration with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager simplified the policy-based provisioning and management of virtual desktops and terminal server/RD Session Hosts.
  • System Center 2012 and the Hyper-V virtualization layer that’s built into Windows Server 2008 R2 at no additional charge was used to create an extremely scalable and cost-effective alternative to more expensive VDI solutions that rely on SAN and solid-state storage technologies.
Here is a graph of the results from the ESG report;

You can read the whole report here: 

Read more here: 

Enterprise Strategy Group

Microsoft Hyper-V Start Page

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