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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Proof of Concept - HPE Synergy Composable Infrastructure

Document number: 217120
Release Date: 23 Aug 2017

All hyperbole aside, “Composable Infrastructure” offers an approach to server provisioning that is a radical departure from prior solutions - and with radical benefits. HPE Synergy helps customers reduce complexity, deploy more rapidly and bring cloud-like speed to the corporate datacenter.

HPE commissioned Tolly to run common Proof of Concept (POC) test scenarios that would be applicable to most infrastructure customers. Tolly engineers worked through nearly 20 different scenarios across four key areas: infrastructure, stateless boot/streaming, storage provisioning, and network fabric configuration. The goal in each of these scenarios was to validate important capabilities of HPE Synergy.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE BladeSystem Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure Performance HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Performance with NVIDIA Tesla M6 GPUs

Document number: 217106
Release Date: 27 Jul 2017

Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions provide a scalable and efficient alternative to providing a standalone PC to each user. VDI has been deployed for high-end 3D CAD for over a decade. The benefits include faster model loads over high-speed data center networks, improved security and data leak prevention which enhances intellectual property protection. The HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 graphics blade server for HPE BladeSystem integrates NVIDIA technology to provide high-performance virtualization of graphics functions, thus positioning VDI as a viable solution to demanding graphics applications such as 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and visualization.

HPE commissioned Tolly to evaluate the VDI performance of the HPE ProLiant WS460c blade handling graphics-intensive tasks. Tests were conducted using virtualized Microsoft Windows 10 systems running on a VMware ESX 6.0 host.

Tests showed that the HPE/NVIDIA solution delivers effective virtualization of intense graphics functions thus providing a scalable virtualization solution for graphics-intensive users.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Citrix Systems, Inc. Citrix CloudBridge 3000 Comparative Citrix XenDesktop WAN Optimization Evaluation

Document number: 214113
Release Date: 06 May 2014

WAN optimization buyers want to understand the performance of an appliance at reducing WAN bandwidth requirements while at the same time maintaining, or ideally, improving the user experience. The higher the compression of LAN data, the more value a WAN optimization solution provides. This higher compression means that a smaller leased circuit can be used, or the enterprise can accommodate more users in the future before migrating to a larger WAN connection. Citrix focuses on greater performance of the top enterprise applications, including Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp.

Citrix commissioned Tolly to evaluate the XenDesktop (HDX) WAN optimization performance of its CloudBridge 3000 and compare that to the performance of a commonly deployed WAN optimizer - referenced herein as Vendor X. The Citrix CloudBridge outperformed the competition in all tests.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Sophos Ltd. Sophos Antivirus for vShield v1.0 VMware Server and VDI Client Workload Performance versus Trend Micro Deep Security and McAfee MOVE Agentless

Document number: 214110
Release Date: 07 Apr 2014

A key element in the explosive growth of virtualization is the ability to drive the physical server hardware to higher, and more cost-efficient, utilization levels. With that in mind, it is important that server resources are not wasted by overly demanding antivirus (AV) solutions. VMware’s vShield Endpoint provides access to VM resources via a virtual appliance rather than by requiring agents on each VM.

Sophos commissioned Tolly to evaluate its Antivirus for vShield v1.0 solution and compare its performance to two other vShield-based offerings: McAfee MOVE Agentless 3.0 and Trend Micro Deep Security 9. Tests encompassed a range of VMware ESXi5.5 Microsoft Server 2008 virtual server applications including a web, database and file services. A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment with 120 Windows 7 Enterprise virtual machines on a host was also evaluated using a VMware View Planner 2.1 standard workload.

The Sophos solution demonstrated consistently better performance and, by inference, lower system resource demands than the McAfee and Trend Micro solution.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Security for Virtualization v2.0 - Competitive Anti-virus Performance and Effectiveness in VMware vSphere 5.1 Virtual Environments

Document number: 213132
Release Date: 05 Aug 2013

In virtual environments, anti-virus (A/V) solutions can be implemented as a client-based agent, whereby all security processing takes place on the client, a virtual appliance that handles the A/V workload- or some hybrid of the two. As more users of virtual infrastructures begin to understand the advantages of virtualization-specific security solutions over traditional agent-based approaches, leading vendors have begun to take note, adding such virtualization-specific products to their portfolios. Efficient resource usage with minimal impact on the host and virtual infrastructure, specifically, are the primary benefits of using a solution optimized for a virtual environment.

Kaspersky Lab commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance and effectiveness of its new, agentless Security for Virtualization v2.0 offering in VMware vSphere 5 virtual environments vs. agentless Trend Micro Deep Security 8 SP2 and McAfee MOVE Agentless Security 2.6 and agent-based Symantec SEP 12.1.2.

Tolly found that Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 blends efficient hypervisor resource usage with solid protection abilities by delivering lower average response times and disk usage than the other products tested. Kaspersky also defended against threats better than the the other agentless offerings under test.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Quantum Corporation Quantum vmPRO Data Protection Solution for VMware An Evaluation of Ease-of-Implementation, Functionality, and Interoperability in VMware vSphere 5 Environments

Document number: 212100
Release Date: 02 Feb 2012

With virtualization’s ever-increasing adoption by small and medium size businesses (SMBs), and remote or branch offices (ROBOs), IT administrators face a major overhaul of the critical infrastructure that supports the expanding virtual environment.

In the data protection arena, while the environment will shift, the goal remains the same: to provide backup and restore capabilities to every server instance both as a whole, and as a file structure for individual recovery. The task then becomes choosing and implementing data protection for virtualized environments while maintaining interoperability and manageability with existing disaster recovery deployments.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise HP t5740e Thin Client Video User Experience Comparative Evaluation vs. Wyse Z90S7 & Wyse Z90D7 Running Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1

Document number: 211124
Release Date: 27 Sep 2011

As thin client deployments become more common for complex, graphics- intensive applications, the demand for multi-display functionality continues to increase. Not only must thin clients offer flexible solutions for multi-monitor requirements, but they must also provide for good quality performance for high- resolution multimedia applications.

HP commissioned Tolly to evaluate the user experience and feature set of the newly-enhanced HP t5740e in three configurations, comparing those systems to the Wyse Z90S7 and Z90D7 thin client solutions. All systems ran the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7 SP1 operating system in multi-monitor configurations with playback scenarios of high-definition video in popular formats.

Overall, the HP solutions delivered a user experience comparable to the Wyse solutions. Only the HP solution offers out-of-box support for simultaneous use of 4 monitors. Furthermore, HP supports DisplayPort, VGA and legacy PS2, serial and parallel ports as standard features.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Symantec Corporation Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 vs. McAfee and Trend Micro Anti-virus Performance in VMware ESX Virtual Environments

Document number: 211123
Release Date: 17 Aug 2011

As IT architects scale deployments of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions, they must be aware of the resource requirements of “always on” and high-use components such as endpoint security systems. In virtual environments, vendors can implement their solution as a client-based agent where all processing for each client takes place on the client, an virtual appliance that handles the a/v workload or, possibly, some hybrid of the two approaches.

Symantec Corp. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance within virtual environments of its new Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 vs. comparable solutions from McAfee and Trend Micro. Specifically, this testing focused on the disk input/output requirements of each solution when performing on-access scan, on- demand scan and virus definition update.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VMware Virtual Desktop Implementation and Maintenance: VMware View 4.6 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop 5 Platinum

Document number: 211115
Release Date: 27 May 2011

Deploying server-hosted virtual desktops can provide significant benefits to IT organizations. By moving desktop computing environments from user desktops on physical PCs to virtual machines hosted on servers in the data center, companies can realize significant cost-of-ownership reductions associated with the ongoing support and maintenance of their end-user computing resources.

As Desktop Virtualization technology matures, the latest versions of VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop represent an evolution in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions towards ease of management and workflow efficiency, while aiming to deliver a rich user experience that is closer to using a physical PC. VMware’s PC over Internet Protocol (PCoIP) and Citrix’s HDX technologies make advances towards delivering smoother multimedia experience comparable to a physical PC. While Citrix XenDesktop 5 introduced several improvements - such as Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Desktop Studio - for creating and managing virtual desktops, VMware View 4.6 continues to offer a significantly simpler management and administration workflow using a single management interface. In contrast XenDesktop 5 continues to require the use of multiple interfaces - Desktop Studio, Provisioning Services Console, Active Directory, etc.. Combining these usability advantages with the lower licensing costs for a 1000 user deployment, View 4.6 delivers savings in both acquisition and ongoing administration costs over XenDesktop 5.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Implementation: VMware View 3 Premier Versus Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Document number: 209140
Release Date: 03 Nov 2009

VMware commissioned Tolly to evaluate the installation of their VMware View 3 Premier versus Microsoft's VDI solution, as well as the process for deployment of virtual desktop environments.

The goal of the test was to help prospective users of the VMware and Microsoft virtual desktop infrastructure solutions better understand the process of setting up and managing the respective VDI environments while only using the tools provided by each vendor. The latest release offerings were used for each of the solutions

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Akamai Technologies, Inc. Akamai IP Application Accelerator Service: Real-world Performance Benchmarking of the Citrix Virtual Desktop Environment

Document number: 209121
Release Date: 21 Sep 2009

Akamai commissioned Tolly to evaluate the performance benefits of using Akamai IP Application Accelerator service when using a real-world deployment of the Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution

Tests evaluated the end-user experience when accessing the VDI solution over the standard Internet and compared the experience to that while using optimized delivery over the Internet using Akamai's IP Application Accelerator Service
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VMware Application Virtualization: VMware ThinApp 4.0 versus Microsoft App-V 4.5 CU1 and Citrix XenApp 5.0

Document number: 209136
Release Date: 31 Aug 2009

VMware commissioned Tolly to evalute the packaging and deployment chracteristics of VMware ThinApp 4.0 and compare that solution with Microsoft App-V 4.5 CU1 and Citrix XenApp 5.0

Benchmark scenarios explored applications packaged for streaming as well as applications packaged for offline use.

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VMware Virtual Desktop Implementation: VMware View 3 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise 3.0

Document number: 209119
Release Date: 31 Aug 2009

Testers set out to build and deploy a virtual desktop environment capable of supporting 30 to 40 users. Engineers layered the virtual desktop capabilities onto a pre-existing virtualization environment to serve as a starting point. Once virtual desktops were built, testers conducted an informal examination of application responsiveness for LAN-based VDI users when running traditional business applications, as well as when accessing high-definition multimedia.

The goal of the test was to help prospective users of the Vmware and Citrix desktop virtualization solutions better understand the process of setting up and managing the respective VDI environments. Current release offerings were used for each of the solutions.

The Vmware View 3 VDI solution deployed more simply and more rapidly than Citrix XenDesktop 3.0. Vmware provided more comprehensive, efficient image and storage management of virtual desktops. It provides end-users with a quality of experience on the LAN that matches or exceeds that offered by the Citrix solution.

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VMware Virtual Desktop-Implementierung: VMware View 3 Premier verglichen mit Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise 2.1

Document number: 209101DE
Release Date: 09 Mar 2009

ZUSAMMENFASSUNG

Die VDI-Lösung View 3 von VMware lässt sich leichter und schneller implementieren als Citrix XenDesktop 2.1. VMware bietet eine umfassendere u n d e f fi z i e n t e r e I m a g e - u n d Speicherverwaltung für virtuelle Desktops. Endanwendern erhalten im LAN eine Erlebnisqualität, die der Citrix-Lösung gleichkommt bzw. diese übertrifft.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VMware Virtual Desktop Implementation: VMware View 3 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop Enterprise 2.1

Document number: 209101
Release Date: 09 Feb 2009

Testers set out to build and deploy a virtual desktop environment capable of supporting 30 to 40 users. Engineers layered the virtual desktop capabilities onto a pre-existing virtualization environment to serve as a starting point. Once virtual desktops were built, testers conducted an informal examination of application responsiveness for LAN-based VDI users when running traditional business applications, as well as when accessing high-definition multimedia. .

The goal of the test was to help prospective users of the VMware and Citrix desktop virtualization solutions better understand the process of setting up and managing the respective VDI environments. Current release offerings were used for each of the solutions.

The VMware View 3 VDI solution deployed more simply and more rapidly than Citrix XenDesktop 2.1. VMware provided more comprehensive, efficient image and storage management of virtual desktops. It provides end-users with a quality of experience on the LAN that matches or exceeds that offered by the Citrix solution.

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Citrix Systems, Inc. Tolly Group White Paper Series Sponsored by Citrix Systems: Virtualization’s Impact on the Desktop

Document number: 206138
Release Date: 15 Sep 2006

Citrix Systems, Inc. — along with help from IBM and VMware, Inc. — commissioned The Tolly Group in June 2006 to conduct a comprehensive hands-on evaluation of a desktop virtualization environment combining solutions from Citrix, ESX Server software from VMware, Inc. and IBM System X and BladeCenter servers.

Tolly Group engineers examined a variety of capabilities delivered by the Citrix Access Suite when used in a desktop virtualization solution. The tested solution included IBM blade servers and VMware virtualization; providing virtualized Windows XP "desktops" that could be accessed via remote desktop applications running on the Citrix Presentation Server.

Tests focused on scalability, performance, and feature/functionality capabilities. Specifically, The Tolly Group focused on determining how many simultaneous remote control sessions could be supported by the "broker" machine. In addition, The Tolly Group performed functional testing aimed at assessing the solution's suitability for a remote deployment model. The report is informed reading for any company considering server virtualization.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)