PCIe SSD Beats HDD and NAS Devices in Boot Storm Event

By Janene Ellefson - 2013-06-21

In my last post, we discussed the growing headache of boot storms for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system users and IT managers. These virtual storms often cause extremely long boot times, which can lead to user frustration, lost productivity, and ultimately, higher costs for the organization.

Fortunately, we’ve developed a solution to tame these storms while also improving general system performance. This solution comes in the form of a PCIe solid state drive (SSD) used as a virtual storage device within a virtual machine’s (VM) framework. And, we’ve been testing to see how these drives stack up against competing solutions.

Well, the test results are in, folks! And just as we suspected, our P320h SSD performs faster and better than both a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) and a more expensive network area storage (NAS) device in a boot storm event.

Quick Summary of Test Results:

  • P320h SSD enables the shortest boot and fastest latency times.
  • P320h enables initial boot times 10X faster than the HDD.
  • P320h enables complete boot times 4X faster than the HDD.
  • P320h latency times improves more than 700X over the HDD and approximately 4X over the NAS filer.

Get all the nitty-gritty test details in our P320h PCIe SSD Boot Storm Testing in Virtualized Environments technical brief.

Boot storms slowing down your organization too? What are your comments or questions about PCIe SSDs being used as virtual storage devices? Let’s discuss!

Janene Ellefson

Janene Ellefson