SOURCE: PernixData


November 19, 2013 09:00 ET

Tidelands Bank Selects PernixData FVP™ to Lift Citrix XenDesktop® Performance

Flash Hypervisor™ Delivers Up to 100,000 IOPS per VDI Host, Ensures VM Latency Remains Under 0.4 Milliseconds

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2013) -  PernixData, the leader in virtualizing server flash, today announced that Tidelands Bank, a family of banks spread across South Carolina, has successfully implemented PernixData FVP™ to strengthen Citrix XenDesktop performance. With PernixData's Flash Hypervisor software, VDI latency is consistently under 0.4 ms with over 100,000 IOPS available per host, ensuring fast and reliable desktop performance for all Tidelands Bank employees.

In early 2013, Tidelands Bank looked to replace its aging desktops with much cheaper thin clients system-wide. After an initial proof of concept, performance appeared normal. However, as the XenDesktop user base grew, application response time consequently dropped to unacceptable levels. Upon analysis, Tidelands Bank determined that the root of the problems stemmed from the Storage Area Network (SAN).

"When I looked at our vCenter, the server CPUs and RAM were both under 50 percent throughout the day, but utilization in our iSCSI SAN was over 80 percent," said an IT employee* with Tidelands Bank. "We clearly didn't have enough IOPS to support our virtual desktop requirements, so the hunt was on for a fix."

Tidelands Bank considered adding shelves to the SAN, but ultimately determined that would cost the company upwards of $100,000. What's more, adding disks wouldn't guarantee a solution to the problem of poor XenDesktop response times. Instead, the bank turned its attention to flash storage.

"Server-side flash was an appealing solution to our VDI performance issues, but it needed to work across a variety of hosts," said the executive. "One look at PernixData and we knew we had found the answer to our problem."

After a recommendation by VAR eGroup, Tidelands Bank turned to PernixData and found the flash hypervisor software superior for its ability 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
  • Render unprecedented read and write performance for all VMs, without the need to change existing server and storage infrastructure
  • Literally change how storage is designed and operated in virtual data centers

"We saw immediate value with PernixData FVP. After just 30 minutes, the software was up and running and accelerating traffic across clusters of hosts, delivering over 100,000 IOPS per host with 800-1,000 IOPS available per virtual desktop," said the Tidelands Bank executive. "In addition to incredible speed and performance gains, PernixData FVP also saves us money. The technology has allowed us to reduce our dollar cost per TB by two thirds, which from a storage architecture standpoint is a total game changer."

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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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