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Fusion-io Launches ioVDI Software

Integrates with hosted virtual desktop operating systems to deliver cost-effective persistent desktops with server flash

Fusion-io on Monday announced the general availability of Fusion ioVDI software for VMware Horizon View hosted virtual desktop environments. Fusion ioVDI software speeds the deployment of VMware Horizon View virtual desktops by intelligently combining the stateless cost economics of server flash performance with the manageability benefits of installed shared storage required for persistent desktops.

"In many ways, virtual desktops are the litmus test of application acceleration expertise," said Lee Caswell, Fusion-io vice president, Virtualization Products Group. "Every desktop user is a hypercritical judge of performance, and every desktop administrator is looking to simplify the scaling of centralized desktops to minimize both capital and operating expenses."

Fusion ioVDI software is a virtual desktop solution that offers Write Vectoring, a patent-pending technology that monitors and directs session-based desktop writes uniquely to server-side flash. By limiting shared storage interaction to the small number of writes that persist between login sessions, Write Vectoring preserves the use of VMware value-added features such as vMotion, HA, DRS, and SRM that require shared storage while substantially reducing SAN or NAS performance dependencies.

"Many customers would prefer the performance and flexibility of persistent desktops if they could solve the cost and complexity involved with shared storage," said John Webster, senior partner at Evaluator Group. "The idea of viewing a desktop operating system as a unique application opens up some intriguing possibilities for supporting shared storage without being held hostage to it."

Fusion ioVDI software also accelerates reboot times with a patent-pending technology called Transparent File Sharing, which allows many hosted virtual desktops to simultaneously share common files. As VMware Horizon View Storage Accelerator can use up to 2GB of RAM, Transparent File Sharing optimizes performance by rapidly sharing common files throughout the VDI infrastructure. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) testing of ioVDI found that caching further offloads shared storage by up to 87 percent so that VDI success no longer requires expensive storage or network upgrades.

The ESG Lab Validation testing of Fusion ioVDI also reported that the solution delivered consistent microsecond response times for workloads of one thousand data-intensive VDI desktops, as well as fast, consistent boot times averaging less than ten seconds. With its unique approach to integrating with existing shared storage, Fusion ioVDI software is complementary to any storage products and allows resellers to eliminate shared storage cost and complexity as a selling obstacle.

Fusion ioVDI software is available now as stand-alone software and as an integrated solution featuring ioVDI software and Fusion ioMemory flash through Fusion-io channel partners at a manufacturer's list price of $50 USD per desktop.

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