Gartner Research

Storage Design Alternatives for Virtual Desktop Deployments

Published: 30 January 2013

ID: G00245654

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Storage is the No. 1 challenge most IT organizations face when considering virtual desktop (e.g., SHVD, HVD or VDI) projects. Selecting the right storage architecture, such as hypervisor-based software, SSD, hybrid arrays or enterprise storage, is a challenge affecting cost, performance and scale.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings



  • Alternative Approaches to SHVD Storage Architectures
  • Storage Architectures
    • Persistent Storage Model
    • Nonpersistent Storage Model
    • Storage Design Alternatives

The Details

  • SHVD Architectural Approach and Size Are Important
  • SHVD Storage Island

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