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VDI Proof of Concepts


So I am a month in now at Nimble, and I thought it was about time that I contributed to the community.  Coming from an MSP/SI background, I have had documentation drummed into me for many years, so when I was asked by a Service Provider customer about a POC for VDI running on Nimble Storage, then I thought it would be a good idea to tap into the knowledge base of the experts and put a template document together to save us all having to reinvent the wheel.

I am not a VDI expert by any means, but the sort of tasks that would need to be tested and accepted would include deploying the virtual infrastructure, creating desktop images and clones, and running workloads on them.  I have attached my first draft of the POC document to this blog post, so please feel free to have a look and use it at will.  Any improvements, or changes that you feel should be made then let me know and I can incorporate changes in a new version.

The document is agnostic to Citrix or VMware, and actually could be used as the framework for a POC for anything, it would just be the specific test text that would need modifying.

Thanks to Neil Glick, Guy Gawrych and Arvind Rayasam for sharing some of their documents that I have used to put into this one.


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You document mimics almost the same type of POC for Nimble that we went through. But we also did a IO test side by side with the current storage solution. And seeing that this document does not identify the VDI solution that is in play I would just call the a Nimble POC and not a VDI POC.

For us Nimble was chosen simply based off the performance. Once installed we moved on to the VDI part of the build out. which is a whole other beast! Your steps 12, 15-17 could easily take longer than 6 days.


This is awesome Dave - it definitely feels like 2015 is going to be a big year for POC deployments and documents like this are an invaluable tool to use as part of that process.

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