Last year Reduxio replaced an older Equallogic system at Georgia Building Authority (GBA) in Atlanta, GA. The customer’s Virtual Machines boot times was dramatically slow on their existing storage system. They have about 300 VDI machines used for by the State of Georgia representatives. The SysAdmin responsible for running their IT had to show up every week on ‘Patch Tuesdays’ around 4 AM to reboot the VDI at it would take between 3 to 5 hours for the whole thing to complete.
Normally, what they would do, is to boot 10 VM’s at a time, so as to not overwhelm the system. They are running the following:
- VMware vSphere 6.0
- 300x Windows 10 VMs, 16GB, 4 cores
Enter Reduxio: From hours to minutes
Thanks to Reduxio tiering engine Tier-XTM the user is now able to cut right through the VDI Boot Storm. Since Reduxio’s Tiering architecture adapts to changing workloads, and is fully automated, requiring no configuration at all, the active parts of the data are always stored on flash. This, with the addition that all data is deduped and compressed on the fly, gave the GBA the ability to go from hours of VDI boot times to minutes.
With this in mind, I decided to recreate my own version of a VDI Boot Storm. I want to show everyone that thanks to Reduxio’s Fully Automated Tiering Engine, you can simplify your life by significantly reducing the time it takes to load up any kind of virtualized infrastructure. The video below will describe how our system suddenly starts receiving a significant amount of IO requests, while latency remains optimal.
How to handle VDI Boot Storms
There you have it folks, with this brief demo, we’ve showed how Reduxio handles a VDI Boot Storm with ease. If you’d like to know more, check out why IDC is saying that Reduxio is a company worth watching, in this Technology Spotlight that describes How to Take Data Storage, Protection and Management to the next level.