Atlantis Computing today released version 4.0 of its storage solution for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. Version 4.0 now allows customers to run persistent virtual desktops using storage which runs in memory only using deduplication and compression techniques. Atlantis claims this makes the VM faster and cheaper than a physical pc. Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI was only capable of supporting non-persistent VM’s, this has now been expanded to persistent VMs with the new ILIO Persistent VDI solution.
Brian Madden published a blog post detailing which techniques Atlantis uses for this solution, which can be found here.
Version 4.0 provides the following features:
- In-Memory VDI – Unlike traditional storage, ILIO In-Memory storage decouples desktop performance from the traditional limitations of disk-based storage by running all sessions directly on server RAM – as primary storage – to provide unparalleled desktop performance including 12 second boot time, near-instant application launches and desktop search results that appear immediately. In addition, because all desktops run on RAM, the amount of storage traffic sent on the network is drastically reduced, addressing one of VDI’s key deployment risks.
- Atlantis ILIO Fast Replication technology maintains a real-time optimized backup on shared SAN/NAS storage to preserve the state of all persistent virtual desktops to deliver data protection and recovery.
- Automated Deployment – Atlantis ILIO Center, the management system for Atlantis ILIO software, provides push-button automated installation, configuration, sizing and datastore creation for thousands of virtual desktops across multiple racks of servers. Atlantis ILIO virtual machines are automatically created and registered as NFS data stores that are ready to use by Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View provisioning tools, or by Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone, to complete the desktop provisioning process.
- Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone – Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone can create new full clones of persistent virtual desktops in as little as 5 seconds per desktop. Unlike other storage cloning, Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone creates new virtual desktops without generating storage traffic.