VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) can bring great benefits to organizations through consolidated management, reduced hardware maintenance, better remote connectivity and support, and environmental friendliness, to name a few. However, nothing will kill it faster than a hoard of users wishing for their old hardware back, because the new “thing” is too slow.
For many in the field, the first warning is the storage. Monday morning boot storms (or patching, virus scans, etc) can take spinning disks to their knees. I recalling hearing the prophecies all the way back at VMworld 2008. VDI has come a long way since then–so far, in fact, that we ask and even expect streaming video from our virtual desktops (thank you, Teradici and RemoteFX).
During our RemoteFX pilot (on Hyper-V 2012 R2), we started out with mediocre NVIDIA Quadro K4000 GPUs, but learned our error and quickly swapped those for the GRID K2’s. Surely that would bring us the fish and fireflies that everyone else was seeing in their performance tests.
Try as we might, we just couldn’t get consistent results. The best GPUs just weren’t performing.