SOURCE: Virident Systems

Virident Systems

June 27, 2013 07:00 ET

IPFS Selects Virident FlashMAX II PCIe Device to Power Its Scalable, High-Performance, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Top Premium Financing Company Implements Desktop Virtualization With Flash Storage to Meet Needs for Centralized Management and Cost-Efficiency -- Increases Supported VDI Deployments 900 Percent

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - Virident Systems, a performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, today announced that IPFS, a leading provider of premium financing to insureds, insurance agents and brokers in the United States and Puerto Rico, has deployed Virident's FlashMAX™ II SSD for a cost-effective solution to scale its business and increase performance of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). IPFS provides short-term loans for businesses and individuals to use specifically to pay for property and casualty insurance coverage. The company was adding employees and offices fast, and the performance of its existing storage solution could not keep up. With FlashMAX™ II, the company is able to speed response times, improve employee productivity and increase the number of supported VDI deployments from 100 to 1,000.

IPFS tried several storage solutions before selecting Virident's FlashMAX II, implementing storage area networks (SAN), flash memory and flash memory inside a SAN, but none of these options performed as needed. With Virident, implementation was simple, and the solution is easy to manage and infinitely scalable. Two 550GB Virident FlashMAX II devices are used as datastores in each of three implemented virtualization hosts and address all the pain points that IPFS faced with respect to poor VDI performance.

"We were looking for a way to deploy desktops quickly and provide users a local computer experience. We needed the ability to update desktops and apps daily without interruption to the user," said Jason Walker, senior engineer at IPFS. "The addition of Virident FlashMAX II storage devices allows us to achieve a desktop experience far superior to even a local desktop environment. The density of desktops was more than five times anything else I tested. FlashMAX II is seamless for the users, IT administrators and staff. A real win for everyone involved."

The Virident FlashMAX II device provides benefits for IT administrators by delivering unconditional performance that scales across diverse workloads. Using FlashMAX II enables IT professionals to make updates to existing desktops that are non-intrusive and faster to implement than with a traditional SAN. Bottlenecks caused by multiple high-intensity CPU activities, such as boot storms and recompose, are eliminated. Virident also significantly reduces the number of virtualization hosts needed while increasing the capacity of VDIs and users.

"The business benefits of VDI are extremely compelling, but VDI consistently runs into performance bottlenecks," said Ken Grohe, vice president of worldwide customer operations at Virident. "FlashMAX II is able to provide the performance needed to meet peak I/O demands without the over-provisioning required by traditional storage. This improved performance significantly enhances the user experience while providing the customized look and feel of a physical desktop."

About Virident Systems
Virident Systems is a leading provider of enterprise-class Storage Class Memory (SCM) solutions that deliver unconditional, consistent performance to data-intensive applications. The inherent advantage associated with this disruptive technology revolutionizes computing by speeding application response time and optimizing datacenter efficiency for new levels of ROI. Virident Systems is backed by strategic investors Intel®, Cisco® Systems, Seagate and a storage solutions provider, as well as Hercules Technology Growth Capital and venture investors Artiman Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, and Mitsui Global Investments. For more information, visit