Storage provider Nimble storage revealed that its flash-enable storage architecture will be supported in VMware’s View Mobile Secure Desktop. VMware view allows companies to automate much of the work required to deploy and provision virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The certification of Nimble’s hybrid disk and flash arrays gives VDI users a new option for VDI storage.
Nimble’s Head of Product Marketing and Alliances, Radhika Krishnan said leveraging Nimble’s hybrid storage allows VDIs to have both fast writes and reads – unlike pure flash solutions that only speed reads. In addition, Nimble’s Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture reduces the time normally required to switch between disk-based and flash-based storage tiers. According to the company, CASL can compress VDI data by up to 50 percent without introducing any latency, which can help mobile users have an experience similar to be connected directly to the enterprise network. Nimble also says its arrays can deliver fast access even during “boot storms,” an issue with VDI storage that can make data transfers lag if multiple users log into their desktops simultaneously.
It’s been a busy few months for VMware. The company released its in-memory database solution SQLFire. VMware also helped Yahoo Hadoop spinoff Hortonworks with the architecture for it high availability Hortonwork Data Platform that was unveiled early this month. In addition, VMWare released View Mobile Secure Desktop (which just certified Nimble) and View AlwaysOn Desktop, which offers 24/7 uptime for critical applications by using stateless virtual desktops with load balancing and built-in redundancy. According to VMWare, this is just the first two of four desktop virtualizations solutions the company will launch this summer.