Gartner Research

How to Implement Storage for Virtual Desktop Deployments

Published: 14 January 2013

ID: G00229127

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Storage is the No. 1 challenge most IT organizations face when considering virtual desktop (server-hosted virtual desktop or virtual desktop infrastructure) projects. By following a well-defined implementation process, IT organizations can avoid costly design and performance missteps.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Prework (Storage Planning)
    • Plan Before Designing
    • Embrace the Cultural Impact
    • Understand the Financial Objectives
  • Step 2: Perform an Assessment of the Environment
    • Infrastructure Assessment
    • Define Use Cases, Performance and Sizing Requirements
    • Sizing Requirements
    • Establish Comparison Baselines
  • Step 3: Design the Storage Architecture
    • Select the Storage Architecture
    • Address Storage Performance
    • Select Protocol and Storages
  • Step 4: Pilot and Validate the Design
    • Simulate User Workloads and DR Scenarios
    • Validate the User Experience
    • Leverage Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Step 5: Rollout to Production and Scale
    • Deploy, Operate and Tune
    • Scale

Risks and Pitfalls


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