Earlier this month, SimpliVity emerged from its development stage to reveal its OmniCube. The OmniCube is a 2U (3.5-in. high) array that comes standard with eight 3TB hard disk drives and four 250GB solid-state drives, which act as accelerators for hot data, such as OLTP databases or VDI environments. The number of hard drives versus SSDs can be adjusted, depending on performance or capacity needs.
Earlier this week, Scale Computing revealed its HC3 "data center-in-a-box" for mid-sized companies.
Market research firm Gartner frequently recommends that its clients use standardized vendor offerings for virtual desktop workloads, according to Chris Wolf, a research vice president.
"That approach takes all of the guesswork out of the architecture," he said in an email response to questions from Computerworld. "Virtual desktops are a unique workload with different performance and storage I/O profiles, compared to typical server application workloads. In addition, organizations need to deploy new data center infrastructure for desktop virtualization projects. Because they have a clean slate, they are able to start with a proven architecture."
Appliance solutions are often ideal for smaller scale deployments such as with small businesses or branch offices. They don't require a SAN and offer great performance. Both approaches such as vBlock and virtual desktop appliances have their place in the industry.
"Customers are increasingly turning to cloud client computing technologies to solve their business challenges," Tarkan Maner, general manager of Cloud Client Computing at Dell, said in a statement. "Through our strategic relationship with VMware, we have devised a number of turnkey VMware View configurations, reference architectures and incentives to provide our joint partners with the tools needed to rapidly provide enhanced value to customers and prospects in the mid-market segment."
The vStart 1000 is available in configurations for either Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere, and can have eight, 16, 24, or 32 blades. The configuration is managed with Dell Management Software, which provides IT asset provisioning and audit reports.
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