Citrix Ready has created an opportunity for storage partners representing several different VDI storage options to plug their storage solutions into a turnkey "VDI Capacity" test environment located in our Santa Clara, CA solutions lab. This program was created with two goals in mind:
Meet a defined VDI storage workload without reaching storage latency thresholds, and
Do so with a cost- effective design
The test environment contained the necessary compute resources needed to generate a 750 user reference XenDesktop workload. The only thing missing was storage. These partners were each invited to plug their storage into the environment and demonstrate how they were able to provision the appropriate amount of storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design. As opposed to a traditional “benchmark”, whereby different achievement scores are possible, this “VDI Capacity” test is a simulation of “a day in the life” of a 750 user XenDesktop farm with the outcome being a simple, binary pass/fail. If a partner’s chosen storage solution can successfully support “a day’s” run to the defined user capacity while sustaining required performance metrics, the partner passes and the test ends.