by Mark Kidd

Pure Storage Announces All-Flash VDI Reference Architectures and Starter Kits

Pure Storage today announced new all-flash VMware-certified FlashArray VDI reference architectures and starter kits designed to deploy for less than $100 per seat. VDI Starter Kits can support a pilot for hundreds of users that later scales to more than five thousand users. Pure Storage’s VDI environments are intended for applications that range from traditional, stateless VDI desktops with low performance requirements to productivity and executive applications that require persistent desktops and secure mobile computing with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

The new reference architectures are VMware Ready and VAAI Certified, and were developed with lab and customer testing across validated VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop solutions. The reference architectures are listed as compatible with VMware View 5, and FlashArray is an approved Rapid Desktop solution. Pure Storage VDI architectures can be managed with the VMware vSphere use interface and the vCenter Web Client Plugin, and are intended to be administrated by VM admins rather than storage administrators.

FlashArray management offers automated datastore creation without configuring LUNs, RAID, WWNs, or rescanning. Administrators can monitor deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning to understand true capacity requirements, as well as correlate IOPS, latency, and bandwidth on a per-datastore basis.

Pure Storage’s VDI Starter Kit is a lower-cost, lower-capacity version of FlashArray for pilot deployments. The VDI Starter Kit can host tens of terabytes of data with optional High Availability functionality that can later scale to support an enterprise-wide rollout.

Price and Availability

All-Flash VDI Reference Architectures are available for download from The FlashArray VDI Starter Kit is available from resellers starting beloow $100K.

Pure Storage VDI Reference Architectures

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