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Project Virtual Reality Check is a initiative by Ruben Spruijt and Jeroen van de Kamp to investigate VDI infrastructure compared to a virtualized SBC infrastructure (among other things). You can read more about VRC here:
So far, Project Virtual Reality check has been a massive undertaking, which generated much interest over the years. The results have been presented at all the big technology events over the world and their findings and best practices have been published on different occasions. However, one thing was clear: many discussions in the VDI and SBC space are not just about performance best practices and product comparisons.
As a result the VRC team decided to boot up the first edition of the Project Virtual Reality Check “State of the VDI and SBC union” survey. http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/jeroenvandekamp/archive/2012/09/26/announcing-project-vrc-s-quot-state-of-the-vdi-and-sbc-union-quot-survey.aspx
It was the VRC Team’s aim to ask all the relevant questions, both functional and technical. These questions range from “What are the most important design goals set for this environment”, to “Which storage is used”, to “How are the VM’s configured”. The questions are comprehensive, and relevant to everyone in building VDI and SBC environments. The aim of Project VRC is to repeat the survey at least once a year. This will allow us to see how our industry is changing in practice.
Within a couple of weeks more than 600(!) people started the survey:
The VRC team asked us to help promote this survey, which we are glad to do. Within the first week already more than 600 people have started the survey. So if you are in any way involved in the Hyper-V and VDI community, please go ahead and participate in this survey!
If you want to contact the guys behind VRC:
Jeroen van de Kamp | @TheJeroen
Ruben Spruijt | @Rspruijt
Today Sanbolic announced the availability of its latest version of its distributed clustered file system Melio version 3.5, which is currently the best available alternative for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes. I have helped Sanbolic test and improve some of its earlier versions and was very impressed.
Co-founder and CEO of Sanbolic, Momchil Michailov just informed me that both DPM 2010 and Symantec BackupExec are supported, that the product will ship before the end of the week. Sanbolic has much more to offer that simply to replace CSV. If you haven’t looked at this product and are thinking of building large Hyper-V clusters, VDI or SQL deployments where enterprise ready storage is expected without the compromises, I strongly advise you to start evaluating Sanbolic’s file system Melio version 3.5
If you need any assistance with testing this product or writing a design, don’t hesitate to contact me and make me part of your project.
I have no shares in Sanbolic (although maybe I should)
I blogged about the webcast earlier. Corey Hines and Simon Perriman did a great job bringing awareness of Microsoft Virtualization (certainly not only Hyper-V) among VMware admins.
I strongly recommend this series if you want to have the best possible overview of this fantastic platform.
Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals. We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge and soon coming to MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace, iTunes! Additionally, every module will be made available (with assessment questions) on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) in the next few weeks.
In a TechNet blog Michael Kleef announced that the number of VM’s per logical processor (LP) has been increased from 8:1 to 12:1, a 50% increase of VM density.
The increased ratio is supported if all guests run Windows 7. This is clearly aimed at Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments on Hyper-V R2. During the keynote of TechNet Europe 2010 we already heard increased VM density per host by at least 40%.