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Decision Point for Selecting VDI Storage Architecture

Published: 23 March 2015

ID: G00273088

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse , Mark Lockwood


The storage technology on which a VDI environment is deployed will largely determine overall design, performance and scalability. This document helps virtual desktop administrators and architects select appropriate storage technologies that will enable a quality VDI user experience.

Table Of Contents

Decision Context

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Performance
    • Management
    • Scale
    • Cost


  • Traditional Enterprise Storage Array
  • Software-Aggregated Local Storage
  • Hyperconverged Integrated Systems
  • Solid-State Array

Future Developments

  • Hardware Future Developments
  • PCIe Impact on Storage I/O
  • Software Future Developments
    • Hypervisor I/O Acceleration
    • Software-Defined Storage
    • Collaborative Caching Models
    • Open Software Stacks and Interoperability Standards
    • Desktop as a Service

Decision Tool

  • Size and Type Questions
  • Management and Administration Questions
  • Performance Questions

Decision Justification

  • Traditional Enterprise Disk Array
  • Software-Aggregated Local Disk
  • Hyperconverged Integrated Systems
  • Solid-State Arrays

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