SOURCE: PernixData


December 03, 2013 09:00 ET

Maniilaq Association Delivers Superior VDI Performance With PernixData FVP™ Software and VMware Horizon View

Flash Hypervisor Complements Existing Dell EqualLogic SAN to Reduce VDI Boot-Up Times by 82 Percent

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2013) - PernixData, the leader in virtualizing server flash, today announced that Maniilaq Health Services, a nonprofit corporation that provides health services to the people of the Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska, is successfully using PernixData FVP™ to deliver an optimal Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) experience while reducing storage costs.

Maniilaq relies heavily on VMware Horizon View for VDI, and was planning an upgrade from version 4.6 to 5.3. Wayne Hogue, VDI administrator and VMware expert at Maniilaq, was concerned that the new version would create storage performance issues because it required more I/O resources.

"We had a major challenge supporting 700 VDI desktops; 150 of which are typically running simultaneously at any given time," said Hogue. "The biggest issue was the amount of time it took to power on the desktops. For example, it took so long to launch Windows XP that people would go get a cup of coffee while they waited for the login screen."

Hogue didn't want to invest in more storage capacity to get more IOPS as his Dell EqualLogic array was only at 40% capacity utilization, so he looked to GCSIT, his trusted solution provider for a better option. GCSIT wanted to increase Maniilaq's storage performance without disrupting their existing storage. GCSIT recommended using server side Flash with PernixData FVP as it is an inline solution that would work well with his existing storage. Said Kurt Bunker, Chief Solutions Architect at GCSIT, "Dell's EqualLogic is fantastic for capacity and data services. When you combine it with PernixData FVP for storage performance, it's the perfect marriage."

Implementation of PernixData FVP was a breeze. Completely plug and play, Hogue implemented the technology without having to touch the virtual machines (VMs) or modify his existing storage infrastructure in any way.

"With PernixData FVP, I was able to virtualize all server side flash into a clustered acceleration tier that enables IT administrators to quickly, easily and cost-effectively scale-out storage performance -- and do so completely independent of storage capacity," said Hogue.

Benefits of PernixData FVP include:

  • Reduction in VDI boot-up times from 45 to 8 seconds -- an 82% drop in latency
  • Unprecedented read and write performance for all VMs
  • Extended support for 700 VMware virtual desktops in 12 clinics, spanning 360,000 square miles
  • More IOPS from server side Flash (400,000) versus 10,000 from SAN upgrade
  • Major cost savings with the ability to avoid a $50,000 SAN upgrade

"The PernixData solution saves us time, money and plenty of headaches, but equally important is its ability to grow with Maniilaq over time. The technology provides the cleanest way to scale storage performance and truly 'future proofs' our VDI deployment for years to come," concludes Hogue.

PernixData FVP is available now. To learn more and to download a free 60-day trial, go to To view the full Maniilaq case study, go to:

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About PernixData™
PernixData is fundamentally changing how storage is designed and operated in virtual data centers. The company's flagship software product, PernixData FVP, virtualizes server side flash to enable scale-out storage performance that is independent of capacity. No changes are required to VMs, servers or primary storage, ensuring maximum performance of all virtualized applications in a seamless, scalable and cost-effective manner. 

Based in San Jose, California, PernixData was founded by virtualization experts and backed by industry luminaries in the software space. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @PernixData.

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