Gregor Waddell, Assistant Director IT, Anglia Ruskin University is joining us for a two part blog series where he shares his insights on the university’s VDI initiative.
In my previous post I outlined how VDI implementation reduced power consumption and increased IT performance at Anglia Ruskin University.
We opted for a VDI deployment to achieve our objectives to reduce power consumption while at the same time provide an optimum IT environment and experience for our 32,000 students.
The building hosting the new IT open access area assumed no need for cooling, presenting a heat issue for traditional PCs. At the same time our media-rich applications added to power consumption and also meant that thin client technologies weren’t an option.
These challenges all presented themselves at a time when VDI technology was coming of age, and addressed all of these issues. We went through months of planning and testing, and finally, in September 2011, we successfully launched the new Hosted Virtual Desktop using Violin flash Memory Arrays. As part of the process it became clear that storage performance is key to VDI and our existing traditional spinning disk did not offer sufficient performance. Our virtual machines needed 80-100 IOPs per desktop. This is where Violin was the instrumental partner of choice, making VDI a reality for us.
This post highlights key insights and considerations for successfully implementing a VDI infrastructure, given the huge research process we went through.