New Dell servers host up to 18% more virtual desktop users

The Dell cloud client-computing group has tested the new Dell PowerEdge 13th generation servers with desktop virtualization workloads and found that it can host up to 18 percent more users per server than the previous generation.

The tests were conducted for different VDI workloads (for task-, office- and power workers) on vSphere and Hyper-V hypervisors on the new PowerEdge R730 server.

This means that you, as an IT manager, can deploy Dell Wyse desktop virtualization solutions with Citrix, Dell, Microsoft or VMware more efficiently, requiring less rack space in your data center.

That’s not all. Unique to Dell, the new 13th generation servers also come with a vast choice of in-server hybrid and tiered storage options and various disk capacities. They are optimized for implementing software-defined storage (SDS) technologies such as VMware Virtual SAN on ESXi, Microsoft Storage Spaces on Hyper-V and more. These technologies are highly available, highly redundant, highly resilient and easy to manage with existing tools, being a cost-effective alternative to a traditional SAN for certain use cases. These solutions are flexible as you can easily scale up by adding more disks and scale out by adding more hosts.

On Virtual SAN, you use local server storage where SSDs are used for high speed buffering and caching while rotational HDDs are used for high capacity data storage.

On Storage Spaces, it is possible to implement storage tiering using direct-attached storage (DAS) or JBOD: the location of the data in the volume is optimized so the most frequently accessed data (“hot data”) is on the fastest disks in the solution (e.g. SSD), and the older and less frequently accessed data (“cold data”) is moved to slower, less costly HDDs (e.g. SAS disks).

These SDS technologies are supported by Dell Wyse Datacenter solutions and, when combined with the significant increase in user density mentioned above, they can deliver a substantial reduction in cost per seat when implementing virtual desktops.

Last but not least, the new in-server storage technology allows customers to accelerate the most important data by offering high performance with NVMe Express Flash storage and deployment of Dell Fluid Cache for SAN. This technology is also ideal for high IOPS requirements in VDI environments with thousands of high performance users, while optimizing your cost per virtual desktop.

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