By optimizing how the Windows OS interacts with storage, ILIO can eliminate up to 90% of the IO traffic and duplicate up to 90% of Windows image components before reaching storage. The company says the software works using inline deduplication and Windows protocol layer processing of I/O to use storage more efficiently and provide local input/output operations per second (IOPS) to desktops. This both reduces the amount of storage required for VDI and increases desktop performance.
Now delivered exclusively as a software virtual appliance, ILIO 2.0 features 20% better write IOPS offload for increased storage reduction and 20% faster desktop performance. In addition, the auto-configuration wizard configures the software and storage in 8 minutes. While support for the Microsoft HyperV environment will be added later this year, Atlantis believes it can provide the majority of the market--VMware and Citrix customers--with a solution that will work faster and better, or do more with their existing VDI installations.
Analyst Marc Staimer, president and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting, thinks ILIO 2.0 does for VDI what WAN optimization does for ROBO (remote office, branch office) in terms of performance improvement. "It actually reduces VDI costs where there is hard dollar cost justification or payback in a short period of time," he says, adding that it makes sense for Atlantis to use its limited resources to target VMware and XenServer first since they dominate the enterprise, where VDI is actually being deployed. Ultimately, it comes down to the issues Atlantis solves--price/performance and the cost of additional storage to make VDI work effectively, says Staimer. "ILIO makes VDI cost-effective; VDI without it is marginal at best."
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