NAS accelerator supplier Avere can make NetApp VDI boot storm delays go away, and it has the numbers to prove it. By placing a multi-tiered, solid state and hard drive caching Avere FXT filer accelerator in front of a NetApp filer, VDI boot storm files are transferred to the FXT and served up to booting devices faster and at a …
seems like that would fit pretty easily in the RAM cache..
And now to ask the obvious question...
If the filer that's back-ending this *has* flashcache, is there any improvement? And does this accelerator help in that scenario?
Inquiring minds want to know. :)
Surely instant relief would be to remove vdi and use proper hardware?
Uhh, I'd venture the problem was that this school bought a low end NetApp with no flash cache to run a client-heavy VDI infrastructure instead of sourcing something actually suited to the job. Luckily for them, there's a cure for every form of technical stupidity these days...
Hang on, that's a bit cheeky
Firstly, if the customer using the 2050 wanted to go to a higher model in the FAS range, it would be a controller upgrade only, not a forklift (I really hate how vendors Bander this around)
Second, both the 2050 and 3240 support FC disks which would have increased performance, the 3240 also supports SSD and Pam cards, both of which would have increased performance without increasing latency or risk.
Re: Hang on, that's a bit cheeky
Sure, you'll need a new controller AND a disk-shelf, since the FAS2050 can't be repurposed as a JBOD to hang off your shiny new FAS3000.
Upgrading to FC disks makes it sound an awful lot like a forklift: new Filer, new disk shelf and new drives. Not to mention, all of the add-ons that you mention will increase performance, but at a cost far greater than some other potential solutions to the problem.