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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

Hybrid storage answers VDI shops' prayers

Hybrid storage has come to the rescue of VDI environments struggling with high storage requirements. You can bet that where there is a problem, a vendor with a "solution" is not far behind. Storage vendors have come up with new solid-state storage arrays that have so much capacity and are so fast that "many of the storage-centric performance problems people have will go away -- and so will the need for traditional storage," said Mason Uyeda, a spokesman for VMware Inc.'s end-user computing group. VMware said it will publish a View 5.2 reference architecture for solid-state disk in early 2013 that should help View customers get below the threshold of $200 per virtual desktop -- around the cost of a PC. Today, the cost per virtual desktop hovers around $250, VMware said, though one independent analyst said that is a very low figure that excludes large parts of the cost equation -- including VDI software and Windows virtual desktop licensing costs. One VDI storage vendor, Atlantis Computing, claims that the cost of storage for ...

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