An IT manager in the engineering department of a large university says EMC's XtremIO all-flash array boosted the performance of a desktop virtualization system at the school.
The engineering department gives students virtual desktops in its classrooms to run complex applications such as AutoCad and Matlab. As one class leaves and the next arrives and logs in, the storage system is heavily taxed, the IT manager says. Meanwhile, virtual desktops are catching on across the department.
"We needed to invest in a technology that was going to give us more breathing room in terms of dealing with growth," says the IT manager, who asked not to be named.
In its first week of use, the XtremIO array seemed to improve performance significantly, the IT manager says. He saw Matlab starting up in 15 seconds, compared with a minute or more without the flash array.
The customer also considered a startup's product, but EMC got the nod because it's a known quantity as an IT vendor.
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