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Optimizing Citrix® XenDesktop® for High Performance by Craig Thomas Ellrod

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Chapter 6. Storage Optimization

Arguably, the most important and most talked about topic surrounding virtualization is storage. There are many different types of storage, so we will review them and find out which one is the best for XenDesktop and virtualization. Then there is the controversial subject of Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). You must have heard about it by now, and IOPS certainly deserves a discussion. There are some interesting solutions to this problem and we will discuss them here as well. In this chapter, we will cover:

  • XenDesktop nugget
  • IOPS
  • Storage types
  • Storage virtualization
  • VMware storage
  • XenServer storage
  • Hyper-V storage

XenDesktop® nugget

Arguably, the biggest bottleneck in XenDesktop is storage, specifically IOPS. You ...

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