One reason the year of desktop virtualization is always on the horizon but never seems to arrive, is that the technology is just so expensive. For one thing VDI requires quite a bit of storage just to run all those desktops. Storage may be getting cheaper, but it still costs money.
Atlantis Computing designed its ILIO Diskless VDI software to attack that problem. The latest version, now available adds support for VMware View 5.1 desktop virtualization; integration with the vCenter management console; and better compression of all the storage traffic that desktops generate.
ILIO compresses much of that random disk-spinning that Windowsdesktops are prone to and reduces the amount of storage traffic that creates so it can all be handled in RAM. That means no need for NAS or SAN or other storage hardware, said Bernard Harguindeguy, CEO of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.
The latest ILIO Diskless VDI 3.2 version, now available, means that a typical user requires just 500MB of RAM on the server compared to 1.2GB for the previous release, he said in an interview.
The whole VDI-storage issue is getting less pronounced as storage prices fall, and as storage vendors like EMC, NetApp, and Dell attack the IOPS problem by building more smarts into their own storage arrays and by using solid state disks and other high I/O technologies for caching.
Still, for cashstrapped companies that want to move to VDI for easier desktop and image management and don’t want to spring for additional storage, the new ILIO software is worth a look.