Like a bunch of other startups, hyperconverged vendor SimpliVity is going after customers who struggle with storage for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
SimpliVity today disclosed partnerships with graphics card vendor Nvidia and PC over IP (PCoIP) developer Teradici that will enable SimpliVity OmniCube customers to use outside technologies to improve VDI performance. These partnerships do not include OEM or reseller agreements, but SimpliVity will include Nvidia and Teradici products in reference architectures built for VDI storage.
Nvidia has VDI-specific graphics cards and Teradici developed PCoIP that enables offloads compression to hardware chips on the server and remote clients. VMware uses Teradici PCoIP technology in its VMware Horizon View VDI software and Riverbed partners with Teradici to embed PCoIP in its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances to improve VDI performance.
VDI has been a common use case for systems built specifically for virtual machine (VM) storage and storage arrays that use flash. Along with SimpliVity, converged vendors such as Nutanix, Pivot3 and Scale Computing, VM-aware storage vendors Tintri and Tegile, flash array vendors Nimble Storage, Nimbus Data, Pure Storage and software vendors Atlantis and GreenBytes list VDI as a key driver of their business. The larger storage vendors also see VDI as a key storage use case.
“We’ve always enabled VDI,” SimpliVity vice president of marketing Tom Graves said. “VDI is a lot of VMs basically. They’re desktops, but the form factor is a lot of VMs. When you load up a traditional infrastructure with virtual desktops, there’s a lot of complexity. The more we talk to customers, the more we see VDI is a mission critical application.”
Graves said the use of host-based Nvidia and Teradici technology gives SimpliVity an advantage over traditional storage arrays in handling VDI because OmniCube stacks include virtual servers. SimpliVity already has features that should help with VDI such as inline deduplication and support for one-to-one persistent desktops.
The startup will need all these features and partnerships to stand out now that nearly every storage vendor is going after VDI.