Plug-in Aims to Speed Virtual Desktop Deployment

By Stuart J. Johnston

Nexenta Systems said it will deliver, in the first quarter of next year, a plug-in for the VMware View 5 virtualization package meant to simplify and speed provisioning and management of virtual desktops.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Nexenta is also recruiting participants for the beta test program for what it has named NexentaVDI -- short for virtual desktop interface. The company's flagship product is the NexentaStor storage platform, which can be used in the solution, though it's not required, according to company executives.

NexentaVDI is designed to install inside VMware (NYSE: VMW) View 5, Evan Powell, Nexenta's CEO, told InternetNews.com.

"NexentaVDI is a companion product to VMware View that's meant to get you up and running faster," Powell added.

Through extensive automation, the plug-in aims to make setting up a VMware View 5 desktop pool a process that takes a matter of minutes rather than days, Nexenta officials said in a statement.

"With NexentaVDI, managers simply name a desktop pool and indicate how many desktops are to be provisioned in that pool. NexentaVDI automatically sets up the underlying storage, VMware View desktop pool, and optimizes the deployment to provide superior performance for the environment, transparently handling the disparate storage requirements of both persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops," the statement said.

NexentaVDI works with the open-source ZFS file system to support the tiered storage features of VMware View 5 in tandem with the virtual storage appliance configuration and tuning, and addresses the key challenges of VDI deployment through a single dashboard with real-time analytics, the statement added.

"VMware View 5 provides a fantastically simple way to manage desktops and applications while increasing security and control for users [but] users now want to see this simplicity extend across all layers of the VDI stack, especially around the demands on storage," Jim Fitzgerald, vice president of business development at Nexenta, said in a statement.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on October 21, 2011