As the interest for Virtual SAN (VSAN) continues to build with VMware customers and participants in the beta program, there have been several questions and requests for performance benchmarks based on the performance centric use cases VSAN is targeting. The performance team at VMware has published a VDI/VSAN benchmark blog series worth reading.
This first article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 1” is focused around the evaluation VDI performance by using the View Planner in a variety of VSAN hardware configurations.
In the second article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 2” the team presents an updated hardware configuration for and showcases the scalable capabilities of VSAN in different configurations while measuring performance with the View Planner QoS (VDImark) performance scoring utility.
In the latest article “VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Part 3” the team compares the VDI performance benchmarks of VSAN against an all flash storage array in order to demonstrate and compare VSANs ability to scale and support a variety of workload profiles while maintaining similar performance capabilities.
I highly recommend reading all three articles, as they are an excellent resource when considering VSAN for VDI use cases with different VSAN designs and VDI workloads profiles. See what VSAN can do for VDI use case from a performance and cost standpoint.
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