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August 26, 2013

IBM and Atlantis Computing Join Forces to Deliver Cost-Effective, High-Performance and Scalable Persistent and Stateless VDI Solutions for VMware View

Gregg Holzrichter - 

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We are excited to announce that IBM and Atlantis Computing have partnered to deliver integrated desktop virtualization solutions for VMware Horizon View Persistent and Stateless VDI deployments based on the IBM PureFlex, IBM FlashSystems and Flex Systems platforms optimized with Atlantis ILIO software. Customers will be able to see demonstrations of the joint solution at VMworld 2013 in the IBM Booth #1545 and Atlantis Computing Booth # 941.

This partnership is in response to customers that have been asking for integrated solutions that simplify the deployment of desktop virtualization and reduce their deployment risks. After seeing the real-world impact of Atlantis ILIO at some of IBM’s largest customers, IBM decided to develop an integrated solution using IBM PureFlex with Atlantis ILIO for VMware Horizon View. Together, the joint solution is able to deliver simplified VDI architectures that scale efficiently, reduce the cost per desktop and most importantly ensure the success of IBM customers.

With the flexibility of the IBM PureFlex, IBM FlashSystems and FlexSystem platforms, we were able to create unique desktop virtualization solutions that leverage IBM servers, IBM v7000 disk-based storage, and IBM FlashSystem storage arrays to deliver optimal solutions for any customer with their chosen deployment model. IBM has identified 5 key challenges faced by their customer base in VDI deployments and teamed up with Atlantis Computing to address the most critical obstacles to successful implementations:

1. High cost and complexity of the storage and network infrastructure required to deploy VDI
2. User experience requirements that need to be equal or better-than a PC
3. Deployment risks such as storage sizing and implementation mistakes that derail projects
4. Management at scale for tens of thousands of users
5. High Availability and disaster recovery to protect from system failures and natural disasters

Together, IBM PureFlex and IBM Storwize® V7000 or IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO storage optimization software deliver a unique solution that addresses the challenges of deploying VDI. The integrated solution consistently delivers high desktop performance as projects scale, while reducing storage requirements by up to 95%. Built on fully validated reference architectures tested at the IBM Innovation Center, this virtual desktop solution provides flexible deployment options that scale to tens of thousands of users.

• Lower than PC cost – saves hundreds of dollars per desktop as storage capacity and performance requirements are reduced by up to 95% with Atlantis ILIO™ optimization software
• Better-Than-PC user experience – cost-effectively deliver better-than-PC performance including faster boot/login times, near-instant application launches and search speeds that will amaze users
• Lower project risks – proven and flexible solutions that scale to tens of thousands of desktop without the risk of storage or network bottlenecks, while enabling high availability and disaster recovery.
• Management at scale – Automated deployment and configuration that reduces mistakes. Simplified architectures that lower the operational, cost and performance risks of deploying persistent VDI

IBM and Atlantis Computing for VMware Horizon View

Flex SystemEvery organization has unique business and technology needs. IBM PureFlex and FlashSystems with Atlantis ILIO optimization software are designed to address a broad range of desktop virtualization requirements through smoother integration with VMware Horizon View using integrated solutions built on IBM System x® servers, IBM PureFlex™ System and IBM Storwize® V7000 or IBM FlashSystemTM with Atlantis ILIO storage optimization software. The solution provides the flexibility to meet the requirements of any customer, while simplifying deployment by using integrated building blocks to maximize resource efficiency. IBM and Atlantis have developed three simplified and customizable reference configurations designed to provide unparalleled cost and performance, while addressing scalability and flexibility requirement of each desktop virtualization model:

For more details on each solution, download the solution brief here:

IBM PureFlex and Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI Solution Brief

IBM PureFlex and Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI Solution Brief 

1. IBM PureFlex and IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI
The following configuration is designed to support 1,000 persistent virtual desktops with VMware Horizon View. The configuration scales to tens of thousands of virtual desktops by adding additional blade servers.
 1 IBM Flex System Chassis with IBM Flex System Manager
• 11 IBM System x blade servers 2 x Intel Xeon processors (E5-2600s) and 384GB of RAM
• 1 IBM Storewize v7000 storage controller with 8x 400GB SSD drives and 8 x 600GB SAS drives or a 10TB IBM FlashSystem 820
• Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI storage optimization software for 1,000 persistent VDI users

2. IBM PureFlex and IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI
The following configuration is designed to support 1,000 concurrent stateless virtual desktops with VMware Horizon View. The configuration scales to tens of thousands of virtual desktops by adding additional blade servers.
• 1 IBM Flex System Chassis with IBM Flex System Manager
• 11 IBM System x blade servers 2 x Intel Xeon processors (E5-2600s) and 256GB of RAM
• 1 IBM Storewize v7000 storage controller with 12 x 600GB SAS drives or a 10TB IBM FlashSystem 820 for user profiles and infrastructure storage
 Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI storage optimization software for 1,000 stateless VDI users


Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage Technology

Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage™ technology optimizes the way storage-intensive applications use data center storage when virtualized – to reduce the amount of storage consumed, optimize use of shared storage, boost performance, and reduce operationalization risks. Today, Atlantis ILIO is the only solution on the market that enables the deployment of both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with no physical storage for virtual desktop images. Deployments use server RAM as primary storage leading to better-than-PC user experience at a lower cost, while automating installation, storage sizing and datastore creation to reduce implementation risks and deliver working deployments faster.

IBM Innovation Center Benchmark Testing

IBM Innovation Center conducted extensive performance, scalability and reliability testing. The testing included determining the storage density that could be achieved with Atlantis ILIO, reliability and high availability during server outages and desktop performance using industry standard benchmarking tools such as LoginVSI 3.7 (Medium workload), ioMeter and PassMark Performance Test 8.0.

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Benchmark Testing Summary

Test IBM PureFlex with Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI IBM PureFlex with Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI (Stateless VDI)
Optimized Virtual Desktop Size 111MB per desktop (98% reduction*) 183MB per desktop (98% reduction*)
Storage Savings and Density 33x more desktops per disk No Storage for desktop images
IOPS Per Desktop 297 (10-20X more than typical VDI deployment) 361 (10-20X more than typical VDI deployment)
Desktop Performance 25% Faster Than a PC with SSD 32% Faster Than a PC with SSD
*Percentage reduction measured from and equivalent system without Atlantis ILIO software.

Persistent VDI Test Results

The test results showed that Atlantis ILIO was able to increasing storage density per disk by up to 33 times, while maintaining a server density of 125 virtual desktops per server (2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 with 256GB RAM). When tested using ioMeter with an industry-standard VDI IO profile (80%write, 20% read, 80% random, 4K blocks), the Atlantis ILIO virtual machine was able to deliver 37,243 per server. With a server density of 125 virtual desktops, this means that each virtual desktop has access to a minimum of 297 available IOPS and the ability to burst up to thousands of IOPS per desktop when needed. High Availability (HA) testing using Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 with VMware vSphere 5.1 HA was able to show automated fail-over and recovery within 10 minutes. Performance testing using ioMeter, LoginVSI and PassMark showed desktop performance that was 3-4x faster than a typical physical PC user experience with 25% faster disk performance than a PC with a dedicated SSD.

persistent chartPersistent Passmark graphic

 

Diskless VDI Test Results

The test results showed that Atlantis ILIO was able to increasing storage density per disk by up to 55 times, while maintaining a server density of 125 virtual desktops per server (2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 with 256GB RAM). When tested using ioMeter with an industry-standard VDI IO profile (80%write, 20% read, 80% random, 4K blocks), the Atlantis ILIO virtual machine was able to deliver 45,209 per server. With a server density of 125 virtual desktops, this means that each virtual desktop has access to a minimum of 361 available IOPS and the ability to burst up to thousands of IOPS per desktop when needed. Performance testing using ioMeter, LoginVSI and PassMark showed desktop performance that was 3-4x faster than a typical physical PC user experience with 32% faster disk performance than a PC with a dedicated Intel SSD.

stateless chartPassmark for sol brief

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