How to make VDI easier to deploy? Take out the SAN, Take out the steps with Nexenta VSA for View
Deploying VDI should be an easy task, and with a proof of concept or trial it normally is. The problems start to show up when you move from a small deployment to an enterprise rollout. Problems like disk IO, throughput, management, and performance monitoring start to have a significant impact. Nexenta has released their second product after working with VMware as just a way to ease that transition. NexentaVSA for View(NV4V) is first an orchestration engine, followed by a performance tool.
NV4V also minimizes the cost of VDI deployments by removing the added cost of a separate SAN or the use of tier one storage just for VDI desktops. NV4V not only interacts directly with VMware View to provision desktops but also connects directly into vCenter and deploys the NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance and auto provisions NFS mounts for virtual desktops.
Deploying the VSA is only half the battle. The second part of NV4V that takes VDI deployments a step further is the ability to give administators benchmarking capabilities through IOMeter and SQLio.
This is where the Calibration Wizard, Performance Analyzer, and Reconfig Wizard comes into play. NV4V gives you the ability to not only deploy systems but also analyze the systems already deployed and make sure that the hardware is being used as efficiently as possible.
The big question that next comes into play for most administrators is how much overhead does this add to my work? The great thing is it actually minimizes the steps needed for an admin to deploy a desktop pool. Because you dont need to configure storage, configure networking, add all them to the vCenter, then move to View and deploy a desktop, you can now do all these in just a 4 step wizard once you have NV4V deployed. NV4V uses a blank ESX host to deploy first the VSA, then the desktops as they are assigned. It can also be deployed to a whole cluster. You are able to keep the management separate and on your management cluster. The deployment of NV4V includes 2 OVF files. The first is the VSA that gets changed to a template. The second is the management console. The console is accessed first via the console to set an IP address and DNS settings, then a simple web dashboard as shown below.
This web interface allows you to run benchmarks and calibrate your system.
You can even see real-time analytics of your VDI environment.
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