A major consideration for VDI is data protection, especially for large-scale VDI projects with thousands of VMs. One common technique used for VDI data protection is snapshots, a storage system feature available on many storage systems.
Most traditional storage devices were designed for physical workloads and support volume-level snapshots, meaning that an entire volume snapshot is taken at one time. However, within a single volume there can be hundreds of VMs, resulting in inefficient storage utilization if more VMs are being snapshotted than actually need to be, and recovery procedures can be cumbersome if needed for only a single VM. New VM-aware storage can actually solve this problem by taking snapshots and enable cloning on a per-VM basis. Per-VM storage management allows for highly granular and more efficient data protection and recovery.
There are a number of technical challenges to consider when it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), from understanding associated licensing requirements to wide area network issues. Perhaps the single most difficult pain point when it comes to VDI, though, is storage.
This slideshow features common storage challenges for VDI projects, as identified by Geoff Stedman, vice president of marketing at Tintri. Learn what they are, and how you can possibly avoid some of these missteps.
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