Virident Announces Solutions for Optimizing VMware(R) Horizon View(TM) Environments

Virident Announces Solutions for Optimizing VMware(R) Horizon View(TM) 
Environments 
Virident Is Changing the Dynamics of VDI by Driving Down the Cost of
Acquisition While Delivering Unconditional Performance Across Various
Workloads 
MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 --  Virident Systems, Inc.,
a performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM)
solutions, today announced simple, cost-efficient, accessible virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions through FlashMAX II, the
second generation of its PCIe SSD storage-class memory for
enterprise-grade VMware environments. By deploying FlashMAX II with
VMware vSphere(R), IT organizations can achieve optimal performance
of virtual machines and virtualized desktops. Benefits include
rugged, predictable performance across various workloads; increased
scalability; and 20 times the application performance of HDD systems
at one-third the total cost of ownership.  
"Where VDI deployments have relied on traditional 'vanilla'
disk-based SAN or NAS infrastructures, there can be significant
storage challenges," said Mark Peters, senior analyst at ESG. "As
enterprises scale to hundreds or thousands of supported desktops and
multiple applications, the VDI workloads can overwhelm such storage
devices and cause severe performance degradation. To deliver a good,
and consistent, end-user desktop experience, storage must be designed
and built to accommodate peak I/O loads, not just average I/O loads,
while achieving the required response times." 
Virident FlashMAX II delivers excellent application response times to
desktops, resulting in a superior end-user experience and enhanced
performance. The product also handles all updates and patches through
a "recompose" feature that is 10 times faster than that of legacy
storage, thus significantly reducing downtime and radically improving
and automating the VDI user experience. VMware Horizon View can
provide unified access to virtual desktops and applications that run
in a central secure data center and are accessible from a wide
variety of devices. Customers can leverage the joint solution to
cost-effectively support both stateless and stateful desktops. 
Together within a VDI environment, Virident and VMware Horizon View
enable IT to easily and rapidly develop a high-throughput,
low-latency solution that enhances end-user performance while driving
down the total cost of ownership. Via a single pane of glass,
administrators can get users up and running in minutes, entitle users
and set policies. With VMware vSphere, customers can easily scale to
support thousands of concurrent users with active desktops running
typical knowledge-worker workloads.  
"Together, Virident and VMware are enabling end users to enjoy
anytime, anywhere access to their desktops across devices while
achieving the performance they require," said Shridar Subramanian,
vice president, product marketing, Virident. "FlashMAX II provides
numerous advantages compared to a traditional VDI implementation
leveraging legacy storage arrays, including unprecedented
unconditional performance and ease of deployment in a small
footprint. Through tight integration and testing, we have driven the
per-user cost at list price to $408.07 for datacenter hardware and
software. This means that customers can deploy a VMware Horizon View
environment at or below the cost of physical PCs." 
"This is a fantastic addition to VMware vFast Track reference
architectures. The price-to-performance ratios that can be achieved
with this solution can accelerate customers' return on investment and
pave the way for further adoption," said Mason Uyeda, director of
technical marketing for end user computing, VMware. "Organizations
can streamline desktop management by fast tracking their deployments,
while delivering a rich user experience." 
For more information on Virident FlashMAX II and its compatibility
with VMware, visit VMware Hardware Compatibility List. To learn more
about VDI and FlashMAX, go to
http://www.virident.com/default/assets/File/Virident-VDI-Product-Brief-082412.pdf. 
To learn more about VMware's and Virident's vFast Track Architecture,
visit: http://www.vmware.com/go/vfast-reference-architectures 
Costs cited have been validated by Principle Technologies and include
the cost of one node of gear with a 550 GB Virident FlashMAX II card,
the HP DL380 G8 and VMware Horizon View licenses. Per-user costs do
not include Windows Server OS (VM to host vCenter). It is assumed
that a 2vCPU/4GB vRAM Windows Server OS (VM) is available to host
View Connection Server and that Windows Infrastructure exists (Active
Directory, etc.) and is not part of the equation. Windows Desktop OS
licenses, thin clients, PC hardware and peripherals are also not
included as part of the per-user costs. 
About Virident Systems 
Virident Systems enterprise-class Storage Class Memory (SCM)
solutions deliver unconditional, consistent performance that supports
the most data-intensive content and applications. The inherent
advantage associated with this disruptive technology revolutionizes
computing by speeding application response time and optimizing
datacenter efficiency for new levels of ROI. Virident Systems is
backed by strategic investors, Intel(R), Cisco(R) Systems and a
storage solution provider, as well as Hercules Technology Growth
Capital and venture investors Globespan Capital Partners, Sequoia
Capital, Mitsui Global Investments and Artiman Ventures. For more
information, visit www.virident.com. 
Virident, Virident FlashMAX, vFAS and the Virident logo are
trademarks of Virident Systems. All other products and services
listed herein are trademarks of their respective companies. 
VMware and Horizon View are trademarks or registered trademarks of
VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use
of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal
partnership relationship between VMware and any other company. 
Media Contact:
Michelle Reingold
Trainer Communications
virident@trainercomm.com
925.271.8214 
 
 
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