FalconStor Ships New Accelerator for VMware VDI Deployments

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-25 Print this article Print

The SAN Accelerator for VMware View is packaged as a NAND flash-based storage-on-controller appliance that speeds up virtual desktop environments and features multitier data protection.

FalconStor Software on Aug. 24 released a new storage network accelerator that runs on VMware View to improve the performance of VMware virtual desktop deployments.

The SAN Accelerator for VMware View is packaged as a NAND flash-based storage-on-controller appliance that FalconStor claims not only speeds up virtual desktop environments but also features multitier data protection. 

The appliance controls automated backup and recovery for the virtual desktop environment in the data center as well as each VDI endpoint, FalconStor said. It also features self-service file-level recovery, the company said, so that users can recover their own individual files as needed.

Storage administrators, accustomed to having to assist individuals with finding and recovering deleted or otherwise lost files, will appreciate that feature.

The accelerator also provides snapshots, thin clones, replication and file-level protection to enable a three-tier data protection service, FalconStor said.

"Virtualization in general and virtualization of desktops in particular have amplified I/O unpredictably as read/write I/O storms occur frequently without warning; the only solution to date has been to add more disk drives," said David Vellante, chief research advocate at Wikibon. 

"Wikibon ... is pleased with the innovation that FalconStor has shown with its flash-on- storage-controller implementation, which is much more efficient for VDI than SSDs. The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator neatly exploits the VMware I/O separation improvements to offer a solution that combines low-cost SATA with 2 to 3 percent high-performance flash as a cache that can adapt in real time. Wikibon believes this is a best-of-breed solution for high-performance workloads."

The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View is available now through FalconStor's network of channel partners. The average cost for an implementation of up to 5,000 users is $35 per virtual desktop, FalconStor said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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