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Storage Reference Architecture for Virtual Desktop Environments

Published: 04 December 2013

ID: G00257670

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Storage is the core of any SHVD (VDI) design. The storage architecture for an SHVD environment must be cost-efficient and scalable while meeting user performance requirements. This template examines the storage hardware and software components required to support an SHVD environment at scale.

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Template Applicability

Template Diagram

Template Description

  • Scale
  • Direct-Attached Storage
  • Software-Based Storage
  • I/O Acceleration Software
  • Hybrid Storage Arrays
  • Scale-Out Server Appliance
  • Shared Storage

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