Colby-Sawyer College Achieves VDI Storage at $28 per Desktop with NexGen Storage
LOUISVILLE, CO – Sept. 18, 2012 – NexGen Storage today announced its n5 Series storage system has been implemented and validated by Colby-Sawyer College for its campus-wide virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The NexGen n5 Series storage system is the industry’s first PCIe SSD storage system designed from the ground up to manage performance, just like capacity, using Storage QoS. With the NexGen n5 storage system, Colby-Sawyer College achieved:
- $28 storage cost per desktop
- 5X more IOPS in 80 percent less rack space
- An 81 percent reduction in client boot times
- 518 percent more capacity (GB) per rack unit
“We were initially drawn to the ease and simplicity of the NexGen solution, but what separated NexGen from other options was its QoS capabilities,” said David Blaisdell, assistant IT director, Colby-Sawyer College. “NexGen’s performance levels and Storage QoS capabilities enable it to fully handle our demanding VDI workload spikes and deliver consistent performance to other application workloads simultaneously. What’s more, it delivers all this at an extremely low cost of $28 per desktop.”
New Hampshire-based Colby-Sawyer College has long been on the forefront of employing innovative IT technologies. It implemented VDI to support its administrative staff, faculty, smart classrooms, distance learning and remote learners. The college’s virtualized IT environment includes mixed application workloads and will support 600 VDI desktops when fully deployed. When its virtual desktop management threatened to overwhelm its existing storage infrastructure, it conducted a stringent evaluation of the available storage options and selected NexGen due to its Quality of Service (QoS)-driven storage system performance during boot storms and virus scans, and notable cost advantages.
Also important to Colby-Sawyer College was the quick deployment and limited management overhead of the NexGen n5 Storage System. It also viewed the ability to make a single purchase that could satisfy the capacity and performance needs for the projected size of the VDI environment as a strong advantage.
“Unlike traditional storage infrastructures that cause organizations to silo or limit virtual desktop infrastructures, NexGen allows users to isolate VDI workloads within a shared storage environment ensuring ample performance during peak workload, virus scans and ‘boot storm’ periods without impacting the performance of other applications,” said Rick Merlo, vice president of sales, NexGen Storage. “We also offer the industry’s only solid-state performance guarantee so organizations know they will have the performance they need, 24/7, even in the most demanding mixed workload environments.”
NexGen n5 storage systems provide superior economics in part because IT admins can run other workloads along with VDI on shared storage. With complete control over application storage performance within VDI environments, organizations are able to consolidate, reduce storage footprint and save money from both a $/IOP and $/GB perspective.
To learn more about NexGen solutions, attend its live webinar, “Accelerating VM Recovery with NexGen and Veeam” on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET. Register here.
About NexGen Storage
NexGen Storage offers the first PCIe solid-state storage system designed from the ground up to manage performance just like capacity. Unlike any other shared storage system, NexGen offers both Storage QoS for managing performance and Service Levels to ensure mission-critical application performance no matter what happens. At the same time, NexGen’s PCIe solid-state architecture avoids performance bottlenecks to offer the best price/performance ratio of any midrange storage solution. Committed to channel success, NexGen provides reseller partners registered deal protection and rich margins on every opportunity. For more information, visit www.nexgenstorage.com.
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