This blog details some of my thoughts and aspirations relating to application packaging, compatibility and the ongoing management of applications on desktop, server and cloud platforms. I have a strong focus on the Windows desktop space, but as we progress into more and more cloud based application management, we will definitely see more posts on getting applications working
in the cloud.
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;